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Month: July 2009

Our First Android App, and its a BlackJack!

Our First Android App, and its a BlackJack!

UPDATE 6:40AM EST We Have released Black Jack Basic Strategy
v1.0

    This is a chart of proper Basic Strategy in Black Jack.
    This is our first app we have ever released. This is still in beta and we know it needs work.
    We have a range of updates coming soon.
    Upcoming Features:
    – Set location (Vegas, Atlantic City, Other).
    – Set number of Decks in use.
    – And more.

    Thank you for trying this out, Please leave comments.

Hopefully today we will release our first Android app.

This post will be updated as things progress.

If you have the app, please leave a comment.

Site Update.

Site Update.

As you may have noticed this site received a major update today in the way the site looks and feels. I would appreciate comments and feedback if you’d like the new layout. My goal the layout was to simplify and make reading the site easier.

Total Beginner- Android Programming. Part 4

Total Beginner- Android Programming. Part 4

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When I started on this adventure to learn Java and in turn learn android I thought this journey was going to be easy. My assumptions were based on the fact that I had previous programming experience. Granted that experience was well over 10 years ago and involved QBasic, Pascal, and Visual Basic.

Java and object-oriented programming are difficult and confusing subjects to master. I am continuing on my journey and I am fully dedicated to teaching myself the skills. The time involved in this endeavor is much greater than I anticipated.

My advice to anyone trying to accomplish this task without a solid programming background, is to seek out a classroom environment or a dedicated friend/tutor. Another requirement for this endeavor is lots and lots and lots of coffee.

I will keep you updated…

Total Beginner- Android Programming. Part 3

Total Beginner- Android Programming. Part 3

So I have been diving thru all the java books and online videos I can find. The one thing I seem to find it that alot of books focus on getting you to start writing code and alot of the code you just don’t understand fully (Well at least I didn’t). They really don’t explain what and how things are working. I started looking more at Java text books and that really spent too much time on theory and high level coding ideas. I watched some great Videos on line, but they started with test driven development, but I really needed the basics in simple to understand english.

What I needed is a ground up java class in a book. What I stumbled upon was Head First Java, 2nd Edition. After just a few days I am about half way thru this book. It is the first programming book that you can actually read. You don’t have to read it next to a computer.

The book teaches you the basics and the meaning behind them, it challenges you with different learning styles. The code that is in the book is easy to read and are fun relevant things you might want to try. No boring hello world, how about creating a battleship game? I will be working on Android code soon at this rate.