From November, 2012

The Shopper – Questions, Questions

This morning I was able to complete another critical portion of the feature set: item deletion. It now works for either single or batched deletion. In other words, you can delete either single or multiple items in one fell swoop. Of course, there’s no way to undo this but I’m not too concerned about that right now. Something struck me though. The original version of The Shopper had a visible dynamic calculator. As the user added, deleted, and edited items, the calculator would display the cost with and without sales tax applied. It also showed the total number of items…

Coding in the Winter

Winter is always a bit of a nostalgic time for me. Despite the negative connotations surrounding it (snow, cold, its inept ability to make people drive really poorly), winter is my favorite season for many reasons. I have a lot of fond memories of winter growing up. There are also some things that I do as a sort of “winter-ritual”. For example, starting the first day that snow falls, I start playing the first Parasite Eve game until completion always starting from a new game with a new file (don’t get me started on my Parasite Eve obsession).¬†Coincidentally, that day…

The Shopper Development Update – C

This morning was by far one of the most productive mornings I’ve had in quite a while. I posted on Google+ that I was definitely in workaholic mode and that certainly wasn’t a lie. So where to begin with The Shopper… As a developer, I have a really nasty habit of incorporating test code into production code. This particular type of injection is required sometimes when I’m testing out a portion of the API that I’m unsure of which is fine. However what isn’t fine is when that code sticks without any type of polish. It then sticks out like…

Quick Thought – How I Updated Content in a TabHost

Every project introduces a few new challenges. Especially when you’re trying to add features that require you to do things that you didn’t to in the last project or simply haven’t encountered before. But this is the fun part of software development. Lest we forget, software development isn’t fun unless you’re pushing yourself to do things that you didn’t do before. If you’ve read some of the previous posts regarding updates I’ve made to the latest version of The Shopper, you’ll notice that I’ve decided to use a TabHost to hold ListView’s that act as dynamic filters for the proper…

The Shopper Development Update – B

Unfortunately I didn’t spend much time on The Shopper today. At least not as much as I’d intended to. However with what little time I was able to afford it, some goals were achieved. Let’s start with the matter of orientation. I’ve been a bad developer and have been working on portrait mode as an afterthought and putting more attention to landscape. Frankly I’m more attracted to the way the app looks in landscape even though the same functionality can and will be present in portrait mode via shelves. The concept is similar to the YouTube app and is promoted…