How many times have you found a confusing line of code, figured out which ticket it solved, opened the relevant PR and… nothing. There’s a few approvals and it’s merged, with no explanation / discussion of what on earth is going on!
As part of my APOD wallpaper rewrite, I wanted to support universal links / app links. These allow users with the app installed to click a link like apod.jakelee.co.uk/day/2020-01-01 and be taken directly to that APOD within the app!
Often an open source project will have API keys, auth tokens, and other secrets that definitely shouldn’t end up in source code. In my current open source project (a rewrite of APOD Wallpaper) I needed to store my APOD API key.
Recently I needed to perform a pretty complex animation on an image button. The button needed to move, whilst different parts of it also needed to rotate, fade in and out, and disappear!
Whether working on Android apps, finding new games, or having technical issues, getting real time Android support on places like Discord can be extremely helpful. In this follow-up post to my December 2018 edition, I will cover the main Android Discord communities, and how they have changed in the last 20 months.
For small / single-person dev teams, art assets can be one of the trickiest parts of the game making process. Even the most interesting game mechanics won’t be appreciated by many unless the game is visually appealing. I consider myself a reasonable programmer, but my attempts at creating resources are… best not shown to others!
Like many developers, I spend a surprisingly large amount of time reviewing other people’s code. In fact, according to GitHub that’s around 20% of my day!
After recently struggling to make a small modification to a simple translucent overlay, I decided to experiment with gradients in Android drawables. After a few hours, I discovered a few new possibilities! Drawable gradients seem to be rarely used despite their simple syntax, with people preferring to use SVGs or static images.
Recently I needed to update some marketing images in an Android app, based on our designer’s Zeplin screens.
As part of my ongoing mission to rewrite our CI system, the final step is letting QA know that a new build is available. They can’t test it if they don’t know it’s there!
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