Saturday, January 30, 2016

UpComing TheAndroidWay Content

So some of the upcoming Medium articles I am writing to turn into expanded content for TheAndroidWay book is one real tough one. No one really has written an adequate guide to the main support library v4.

Not only do you have to know its classes and methods well but it updates over time and does not have an adequate annotation added this since last time to help clue you in to things that have been added since the last version.

Sort of the Extreme Guide to Compat Libs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Missing Material Colors-the hint

Okay, obviously several color groups are missing accent colors. But that is not really what I am referring to as missing colors. The hint is the question:

What types of shadows did Google say to use with Material Design?

The article will be on Medium under my user name next week with pointers to the gimp gpl file, etc. Everyone did kind of miss this..I am not sure why exactly as to me its somewhat obvious.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Material design Missing Colors

I do not know if this somewhat a secret, but there are some missing colors in  the suggested UI color palette of the Google Material Design guidelines.

Should I keep it a secrete or publish the medium article? Hmm..

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Start-Up Design Hook

So I have been looking for a marketing hook that allows me to ramp up as far as freelancing or joining a start-up.  The book is part of it but I need something more. Something that says DESIGN LOUDLY like its being SHOUTED.

I might have found a unique way to extend Material Design on the android platform.

And I have searched to see if anyone else talked about it and non one did yet. It could be that everyone knows that secret, but I also checked some popular google and non-google apps and I do not see it being used. That could mean I have found something really quite good or that I am effing idiot and talking non-sense.

Sorry for being obfuscating, details coming when I have the demo apps showing it in about a week or two.

Sorry, its not shying away from mutated colors, vibrant colors and accents or really adding to that particular part of the palette. Its not an obvious guess..:)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TheAndroidWay Book repo

Okay, I set it up so that the demo code and book content is in one repo and its ASL2.0 licensed:


But, be forewarned the full thing is about 12 months away. However, since I am suing the gitbook toolchain you are welcome to at any time download the zip and generate a book in the format you like.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Book Title

The Book Title probably is The Android Way, at least that is the working title I am using. Yes, Open Sourced under ASL 2.0. Git repo up soon.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Why I do not Read

I effectively stop reading Why? Because I found a better source of a mix of start-up, VC news, etc than has to offer, sorry JC..its true.

Its Medium...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What Start-Ups should be

I did an essay on what start-ups should be. Its a bit more logical than Paul Graham's inequity essay:

The StartUP Morality Play

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Why I refuse to Move to A Start-up

Holly Wood on Medium calls attention to the White Boys Club Environment where anybody who raises discourse gets abuse and harassment in return. That is the type of poison filled environment I do not want to live in.

And its always the same some White boy who forgot the head smacks from their own mothers on such bad behavior. And I quite frankly tired of it and it does not belong in my life or my work environment.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ssh More Uptodate Gradle Spoon Plugin

Ah you may have not notice this but there is another gradle-spoon-plugin, this one is by x2on, that has is at spoon-runner and spoon-client version of 1.2.1:

x2on's gradle spoon plugin

Spoon is current at version 1.31. so it might be of use to you.

Agile dev WorkFlow

As I update:


You will see if you read the build scripts some of what an agile dev work-flow entails as I am integrating Cucumber, Lombok, Kotlin, and even Retrolambda. Its in flexible manner with some modules having the least amount of integrations and other module build scripts using everything.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

GitTag Gradle directions

Somewhat brief directions in how to use the GrGit JGit wrapper to get the git hash and do git tags properly in a cross-platform way is in my:

GWSAndroidGradle repo

Look at the root build.gradle script and the app module build script.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Git Tags on MS Windows

This is a platform neutral way to do git tags that works with MS Windows. Ready? use GrGit. Whats GrGit? Its a wrapper around the JGit library that gradle comes with. The gradle snippet is in this SO answer.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Worldview, to go with the TagLine

Okay, so some of you read some ad copy draft I did of my tagLine and my attempt to come up with a story.The problem is it does not address the worldview of my target audience..that is VCs, Angels, and Start-up co-founders.

First. there is  a set of worldviews at work when a start-up decides to use a developer or firm to build their android application. its why some of those same developers or firms buy a Mac laptop.

Not, because they believe that worldview but because their potential clients have a worldview that a mac laptop means you can create a product. A product in this case means the whole thing together including the marketing story and the marketing conversation, the product itself, and any services that are integrated with the product.

But, than again those folks design their product instead of discovering the mobile device users product.Not ask everyone to change their worldview as that will not work. But, there is a contingent of VCs, Angels, and Start-up co-founders already questioning this worldview in a world of a Million plus mobile apps in a Mobile app Store. So the trick would be to frame my story towards that worldview and than give those VCs, Angels, and startup co-founders the tools to re-tell my story.

And I have to deal with the difference between iOS users and Android users.

Lets see, framing the story:

Launch Their Lives, without Limits

I am taking the worldview that the start-up co-founder already has and inviting them to turn-that-on-its-ear and launch the mobile app users lives and differentiate the different between iOS users and Android users with Without Limits..

Still word choices is it

without Limits

No Limits

without bounds

No Ceiling

its probably    No Limits

and what is left is writing some ad copy to take that message and emphasize parts of it.

Launch their Lives, No Limits

Its mobile but should not be limiting, using the connected technology..servers/services/etc to
overcome the limits of the mobile platform and transform something into launching their lives.

Its not an extension of An-interrupt-One-Way-Marketing-Conversation but an idea amplifier that beckons the audience to  Go What is that new Thing and We Should Lean and Move Towards It..