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Excited for the start of Google IO 2013 today!

Who else will be watching? Anyone get a ticket this year?
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I'm flying during the keynote but hoping I'll have WiFi. I feel like I have a pretty good idea what's getting announced, but I'm excited too :-)
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A interesting comparison between iOS and Android. I think this is spot on with regards to the UI design differences between the platforms.

One of the biggest differences in the platform for me is inter-app communication. In Android, any application can potentially communicate with another using the Intent system. It effectively decouples the communication so that as a developer you don't need to know what specific app you may be sending data to. In the iOS world, there is not a nice decoupled communication framework. This is why you see built-in platform integration for services such as Twitter and Facebook. It makes the ability to integrate new creative services into the platforms native actions difficult, in my opinion. 

Still, when deciding which platform to develop for, I think the answer is going to be "both" for quite some time.
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Android really needs a better UI tool.  I think that having to hand-code the UI for prototyping and such things is a big hurdle for new developers to overcome.
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So I discovered AIDE today - an Android Java IDE that let's you develop android applications on an android device. It looks interesting as it has compatibility with eclipse project files. The free version only supports projects with 5 java files which quite the limiting constraint. We'll if it's worth the full version.
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Nice article on the potential of Serious Games to impact our educational system.
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This looks promising. The Android Market on the phone has been behind the web version for quite a while now. I'm interested to check out what new design patterns they have come up with.
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First Captian Sundae of the year! Good day for a bike ride.
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Excited about +Pinoccio! I put in for the starter kit. Only $5000 more to go for the last stretch goal!
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3.5k to go.  I really want that 95K stretch goal.  
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Windows 8! 

I just upgraded from 7 to Windows 8 Pro and the transition was smooth. No more start menu. The best feature for the new platform is Xbox Smartglass. I can now control all the content on my Xbox using my desktop, my phone or my tablet. Smartglass is very well done. 
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It is quite different, but the more I use it the more I enjoy it. It is a very end-user, consumer product rather than the business productivity focus that has been Windows in the past.
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Repoman is now open source! If you want to help out check it out. It could also be a good example for those learning Android.
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Looks like a good beach day!
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RepoMan is live! RepoMan is a android client for Bitbucket and Github. Easily manage your repositories on the go!

Check it out and give me some feedback. I'll be making some improvments and adding features as requested.
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    Computer Science, 2009 - 2013
  • Hope College
    Computer Science, 2004 - 2008
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