Android code camp – a week after

Okay, the Android codecamp is now in the history. It was an interesting week of coding although this time we did not take it as seriously as we have taken some in the past. One week is not much time and when programming to a whole new platform, it takes a while to learn things. Nonetheless the groups managed to do some really nice applications. I will give a short view on all of those.

1. Lunch Magnet

This was an interesting project. It’s goal was to gather friends nearby and ask if they want to have lunch together (simple, yet oh-so-problematic sometimes). So no need to make all the phone calls and ask who is where. Just login to the system and see if anyone is nearby (at the university for example). This project can be found from here: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/grp16/start

2. Base Jump

Although this one is a very simple game derived from the google’s android tutorials, the space lander (or something like that), it was still something nice and appealing to me. It is simple, fast to play game where the idea is to jump down from the roof of a building, open your base jump parachute just in time and land the target – all this as fast as possible. Very simple game as I said, but this is something I like in mobile phones, a game that you can play for few minutes when waiting for a bus/train/friend/whatever. This game can be found from: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/grp10/start

3. Androchi

This was an interesting idea, going back a decade (or maybe even more, I don’t remember quite well). The idea was to make a tamagotchi for android phone. It works pretty well and even the animations looked pretty nice. This application was a good success, at least codecamp wise. Few days, nothing too big, simple idea, nice polished look and even working. Good job! http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/grp2/start


These
programs I mentioned are just few ones that appealed to me. Others will propably disagree, but that doesn’t matter. All the applications made during the week are available from the codecamp website: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/start
There should be instructions as well as source code for most of the programs, a short introductions and few pictures. Those of you who have android phones (with 2.1 SDK) can give the programs a try. Those who don’t, you can try an emulator from google if you wish.

All in all I feel that the codecamp was again a great place to learn something new. I wasn’t very much familiar with Java, but I learned a lot during the few days of coding. Also, the android is a nice platform and has some nice tutorials for developers. The Google APIs however are outdated and not very informative, but the android developer community has posted a lot of tutorials, code snippets, etc. on their websites.

ps. I am currently doing some maemo development on my N900, so check out my blog every now and then for updates about that.

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