Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Swappa makes it easy for anyone to buy and sell fully functional, gently used Android devices.

Swappa has launched (quietly for now)...

Swappa makes it easy for anyone to buy and sell fully functional, gently used Android devices.

Every day, hundreds-of-thousands of new Android devices are sold and activated. When this happens, perfectly good, not-so-old Android devices are set aside and often forgotten about.

Swappa's goal is to make it easy for both buyers and sellers to benefit from gently used Android devices.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Aisle Express app available in the Android Market

The Aisle Express app I've been working on for the past couple months has finally hit the Android Market.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Android and SQLite Tip

Most Android examples dealing with SQLite have the database being created in the beginning. But what if you want to include a SQLite database file, already filled with data, with your .apk?

This article shows how to prepare a SQLite file that can be included with your .apk and then used for a content provider. This should come in handy for an Android project I'm working on now.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Working on a new Android App...

I'm working on a new Android app for a startup in here in KC. They are a great group of people who have some great ideas. I look forward to sharing more, in the form of an app in the Android Market, as soon as I can.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Things that sound cool about the new iPhone 4

Okay, I am definitely not an Apple lover. I guess you could say I am an Android fanboy. At work I do a fair amount of trash talking to my Apple mobile development counterparts. So in good spirits, I'll make a list of things about the new iPhone 4 that sound pretty cool (not having played with the device yet).
  1. The phone (hardware) itself looks great. That's one thing Apple does amazingly well. The rounded edges and stainless steel "band" give a look of a phone I'd like to hold.
  2. The battery life sounds pretty excellent. This is another thing Apple does well on their mobile devices (including iMacs). Now battery life on my Android devices has always been completely satisfactory (more than a full day of normal/heavy usage). However, with the complaints about the newly launched EVO battery, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
  3. The screen sounds pretty amazing. It's probably way cool from an engineering perspective than a practical point of view, but they obviously have raised the bar. Too bad it's still smaller than the best of the Android devices.

Things that didn't make the list:
  • Multi-tasking: sorry, this is old news. Android does it well and has done it for a while.
  • iBooks: sounds like cool features (keeping context synced across devices), but I just don't care.
  • AT&T still the only carrier: give me a break.
  • Still no "side loading" of apps. Terrible.
  • I don't really care about the lack of Flash, but Android's got it.
One thing that I don't know about yet is how snappy the iPhones will be with multi-tasking.

Now even with this amazing new phone from Apple, here's a problem they have in their "war" against Android. If you want a better carrier, a cheaper phone, a keyboard phone, a red phone, a smaller phone, a bigger phone, a faster phone, a smarter phone, a customizable phone, or any other trait that defines a "better" phone... you gotta go Android.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Django 1.2

Django 1.2 has been released!

One of the great new features that I am most excited about is support for multiple databases within a project.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Django Smuggler Import/Export

Just started using Django Smuggler ( for importing/exporting data from the Django admin (in JSON or XML). It's very easy to get going. And it's very useful.

Easy install:
sudo easy_install django-smuggler

It's an excellent, do-one-thing-well utility. Check it out.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Android Development in Kansas City

I just setup a new site advertising my mad Android development skills:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

They Make Apps

A newly discovered site for finding Android and iPhone developers.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

For Sale: Technology and Website for creating and selling user-customized Android applications

For Sale: Technology and Website for creating and selling user-customized Android applications.

See everything in action:

The web-application allows anyone to create, purchase, and share their own Android application (no programming required).

The technology behind the site is for sale, including: website code and Android code. (The company/domain is not for sale. There are no obligations to existing customers.)

The buyer could have their own site up and running, creating Android apps and charging customers within days.

The app currently built by the site is an "Android Business Card" (check out the above URL for a full demo). The system could also be modified for building and selling other customizable Android applications.

The ability to monetize is built into the site. Users can build and test their application for free and pay to get a releasable and shareable version.

Similar services that build applications for the iPhone are charging $199-$499 per app. Getting a developer to build an app similar to that produced by the site would cost several thousand dollars.

The technology behind the site: Python/Django, Android SDK, Amazon S3, and Google Checkout for charging. I have developed all code behind the site and can make transitioning it fast and easy.

Email bennybeta (gmail) for offers and inquiries.

If you are an entrepreneur interested in the mobile apps space this could be an excellent opportunity.

If you run an Android-targeted website and are interested in a referral fee, please spread the word.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Working with VirtualEnv and Pip

I've just begun working with VirtualEnv and Pip for my Python project package management. So far I'm impressed. Rather than just rehash the tutorials I've read I'll just point you to some good ones...
Okay, here's a few commands I've used...

virtualenv --no-site-packages env
pip install -E env yolk
source env/bin/activate
yolk -l
pip install -E env -e svn+
pip freeze -E env > requirements.txt
pip install -E env -r requirements.txt

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year with AndTip.Me

I just launched a new site on Jan.1 2010 (Happy New Year) called AndTip.Me. The site is for Android users to get and share tips for using their powerful mobile devices.

The site is still in progress, but the cool things is how fast it was put together and launch (thanks in large part to the power of Django). Basically the site went from idea to launch in less that a week with only a couple hours a day of work (probably about 12 hours total).

I'll try to do some more posts on the technologies behind the site, including: Haystack, Whoosh, django-comments, django-voting, and Amazon EC2.