Tracking the development for my first app

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Tracking the development for my first app

Postby amsterdam » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:31 am

Good morning fellas,
this will be the topic in which I will track the development of my first app.
I do this because if I don't have anything to stick with,
I will always put it off and never actually do anything.
My goal is to be done with the coding part on day 5.

If this topic is not what the section is meant for, feel free to point that out.

A little background information about me so that you guys are not
irritated by my noobishness:
I am a german 13th grader majoring in business.
I have no coding experience whatsoever.
The reason why I'd like to code my own apps is honestly not because I believe it's
beautiful but rather because it'd get me to where I want to be.

I have gotten a few books over the last couple of days:
-Head first Java
-Learn Java for Android Application Development
-Android Development for absolute Beginners

I've sorta started all of them, I think I have gotten a small idea of what the Android framework looks like.

Alright, enough of the sweettalk, here is the app I wanna code:

The app primarly serves to distribute ebooks. It is nothing spectacular.
So it's an ebook app.

initializing screen
-last for a few seconds
-shows the logo of the studio
-password field with a "forgot password" function that can be enabled in the settings screen


the 3 main interacting screens:
1.the main book screen
2.the titles screen
3.the settings screen


the main book screen
-the text
-a little toolbar that will disappear with one tap
-toolbar: quick night/day switch (for text style), fontsize up, fontsize down
-turnpage? (not 100% necessary)
-the book is split into a few chapters that can be chosen in a dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen


the titles screen
-just a listview with the links to other books and book samples (in the marketplace)

the settings screen
-password toggle for the initializing screen
-three choices for the layout of the text (textcolor and background color)
-three choices for the size of the text
-about -> aboutscreen with a little bit of text


the app is in all portrait mode
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Re: Tracking the development for my first app

Postby amsterdam » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:32 am

[DAY1]
Thoughts
Okay so I figured I will do this the main app with the Tabbed UI, since it looks professional and it doesn't seem overly complicated. (I have found the official android dev resources to be quite nice too)
The password thing. I think I should make it more of a 4-digit pin. there are two pins to it, a default "0000" and one the user can set. thatd be easier since i wont have to enable a password retrieval option.
ugh, it sucks that i'm such a noob.

Aye, what have I been doing?
-I made the tab icons in hpdi, mpdi, lpdi [check]
-followed the android tutorial to build my app framework [check]

Screenshop of the Day
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-yay 8) !

The next step
Next step is the SettingsActivity. Gotta figure out how to set default fonts and background colors. pretty sure there are guides out there or some kinda reference. What worries me is the password toggle. How do I do that :0?

Time spent today
Around 2-3 hrs. Most of which I spent doing the icons <.<
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Re: Tracking the development for my first app

Postby amsterdam » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:58 am

Thoughts
Agh shit. Spent like a ridiculous amount of time to link the damn list titles to the corresponding links. I figured I do the titles screen before I do the settings or the book screen.

Aye, what have I been doing?
-Create the list view with my lists [check]
-link them to the corresponding android market pages [check]

Screenshop of the Day
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:0 so much work for this.. i'm such a newb.

The next step
the textview. im so f###d.

Time spent today
way too long. 3-4 hrs!?!
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Re: Tracking the development for my first app

Postby blundell » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:42 pm

Get your ass in gear an post your next update! :p
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