Wednesday, July 20, 2011


YAGRAC was a fun project that I started both because I wanted a better Goodreads experience on my Android device and because I wanted to learn the Android SDK. I learned quite a bit from that experience, and I am very happy with the result. A while back, Goodreads released their own official Android app. The features of the official app largely mirror those of YAGRAC. Since there is now an official app, and because I haven't had the time to continue development like I would prefer, I'm probably not going to do any more releases of YAGRAC. I'll leave it on the market and keep the source available. I'm thrilled if you used YAGRAC and found it useful. It was a great project for me to learn on.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Countdown Clock Live Wallpaper

As much as I hoped that my Round 2 entry for the Last Call for Google I/O 2011 would win me a ticket to the conference, it wasn't in the cards. Still, I'm making lemonade from lemons. I've modified my entry to display as a live wallpaper, and I've added a bit of configuration so that a user can set whatever target date they would like to count down to. The Countdown Clock Live Wallpaper is available on the Android Market.

Friday, April 1, 2011

White - Now Available for Android

I was listening to This Week in Tech on commute and heard Baratunde Thurston comment that he would like to see an app called White in response to COLOR. I was inspired, and today released White on the Android Market :-)

Download today!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Last Call for Google I/O

Google is running a series of contests this week to give away the last remaining tickets to the Google I/O developer conference. The 2011 conference sold out in record time, so for me, this is about the only way I'm going to have a chance to go. Yesterday was the start of the first challenge which focused on Android. Due to the time difference, the 30 minute "lightning" round 1 started during my normal lunch break, and I was able to quickly submit my answers. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail 30 minutes later informing me that I was one of 200 entrants to pass round 1 and move on to round 2.

For round 2, the objective was to create and submit an Android app that recreates the bouncing balls countdown clock seen on the Google I/O home page. Of course, today being St. Patrick's day, the clock is slightly changed to be formed of clover leaves blowing in the wind, but on non-holidays it is multicolored balls. Contestants had 22 hours to complete their app and submit, with the deadline being 9am pacific time this morning.

Now that the deadline has passed, I thought I would share my entry. I'm publishing both the source code and the APK file, so if you are curious how I made it, feel free to take a look.