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php | Android and Burning Wheel thoughts

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Mar 212011
 

So, work and life have been fairly hectic recently and I’ve not had much of a chance to work on Java programming, but I have had a bit of time to mess around with app inventor. It’s really coming along in leaps and bounds, there’s so much you can do with it.

In the interests of laziness, I figured I’d try to make an app that I could update much easier than by constantly releasing new version. I wanted to be able to put the data on the web somewhere and have the app pick it up. Initially I wasn’t sure that this could be done, but a little playing around with the TinyWebDB component and a lot of tinkering with JSON and a PHP scraper and I have now created an app that can pick up the data on a twitter feed.

The App can be found at The Android Market and the twitter feed is at twitter.com/androidoffers (also displayed in the sidebar). I get sent so many offers in my email, I’ll pop the best ones up on there and see if they’re any use to anyone. They use a php redirect through my website so I get commission if anyone spends any money, and as a result I can offer the app for free and hope that it has some takeup. I put it out there on Friday and there were 32 installs over the weekend, only one of which was me 🙂

The app does contain a link to the twitter feed, so it’s likely that people who use twitter will just follow the feed, and then get rid of the app, so if there’s a lot of uninstalls, I’m going to try and take it philosophically… If anyone can think of a way to add value to the app to get people to keep it, let me know…

I’m really liking the synergy between TinyWebDB and PHP – it was a pain to get working in the first place, but it’s really neat to use once it’s up and running, and you can do so many things.

Anyway, if you’re interested, download it and let me know how I can improve it 🙂