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Monday, August 22, 2011


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>>I am still working on FeedDemon, and a new release is already underway.
Hello. That's good. I look forward to.

The Java books you recommend - are those good for beginner programmers, or are they better for developers already familiar with OOP concepts?

@critter They're pretty advanced - I don't recommend them for those new to programming. But they're great if you've been programming a while and are new to Java.

When I open the app for the initial run, and am presented with the login/signup screen, I am unable to hit the back button to leave the app. Are you disabling the back button on this screen?

This is great news Nick! I would like to know what you think of a Mac after using a PC for so many years. I can see an iMac in my future. I've downloaded the iPhone version and will check it out.

Speaking of FeedDemon is there going to be a Mac version? :).

@Andrew Thanks for bringing that to my attention. It's a bug - expect to see it fixed soon.

Very interesting article, now that you have some experience with Android, are you gonna try out "real" Linux too? :) I personally benefited greatly from the switch and haven't used Windows for a while except some troublesome games. Even though I'm not that much of a dev (yet, in the process of learning me some python) I think it's an awesome system. Or do you lack the time and/or will to work into it? I'm going to test Glassboard on my Optimus 2x now and provide feedback if possible/necessary.

@Zack The first month or so after switching to a Mac was rough, and I still have trouble remembering the keyboard shortcuts, but overall it's been a good switch and I needed the change. But it's hard for me to really compare Windows with a Mac since I don't develop for the Mac - being a Windows dev completely colored my opinion of the OS.

Hey Nick! Good luck with the app, it's really a great idea and the multiplatform support is a killer feature!
Too bad my iOS is 4.1 :( I'll probably upgrade this weekend.

I want to get into Android dev, I was wondering how long it took to develop such an app? I'm trying to figure out the learning curve of the framework.
Have you considered Titanium Mobile (I know it doesn't support WP7), instead of developing and iOS + Android version.

@Aviel Thanks! I started learning Java/Android on February 1, and I'd say it was 2-3 months before I was able to develop something usable. Then it took another 2-3 months to refine it to the point that it was releasable.

Titanium Mobile looks good, but we already had a skilled iOS developer (Brent Simmons), and I prefer using the "official" tools.

So any chance of an Android version of FeedDemon now then?
I have found a rather nice app called gReader that works quite well.

Looking forward to an updated FD
*takes out credit card*

Congratz on the new app. A question about FeedDemon - I haven't used it for some years, and am wanting to give it a new look. Will the upcoming version require a license upgrade or can I get the upgrade if I buy new FD license now?

@Ditq The upgrade I mentioned will be free.

Very interesting post! I made the same transition from Windows to Android development, and oddly enough it occurred over the same timeline from February until now. I'd second your recommendation of Effective Java.

We had the added difficulty of learning some Ruby on Rails development, since we weren't just building an android app, but a system for others to use to make apps on the web...kind of like wordpress in a way.

Need to handle the back button to exit? from the login/signup screen

Device : Galaxy SII

@Nick thanks! Good luck to you and the team.

@AndoKid Sorry about the back button bug. This is fixed in our internal build, which will be in the Android Market within a few days.

The app doesn't appear to be available in the Windows Phone 7 marketplsce. If you follow the link in this post, you get to it but with no option to purchase/install. If you search for it, there are no results. Any idea why that is?

Our WP7 is briefly delayed. I've removed the link until it appears in the marketplace.

Thanks for sharing ... i have not made the jump in any direction yet, recently competed a couple of personal projects in Visual Studio, but after some absence from development (re-built a house on my own) upon my return, 4 weeks ago, that it would take a lot more time and effort (and money) to get these products to a Windows only market (downloaded from an internet site i have not built) which i can only see as a shrinking market ... it just does not make business sense ...

So, although i am late in on the game, i want to be a player, so going to buy some apple hardware, set up a linux based server and going to have a think ...

Well done to you, facing up to challenges and managing change is what it's all about ...

@Glyn Good luck making the transition to mobile! It's not easy, but it's worth the effort - if for no other reason than to be doing something new after so many years of Windows development.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I was in much the same position, developing for Windows since the 3.1 days. I was amazed at how easy it was to port one of my C#/WinMo apps to Java/Android. It had been a very long time since I did anything in Java, and I didn't realize how similar the languages were. There were some of my classes that literally didn't change at all, except for the declaration syntax.

I love how easy and cheap it is to get started with Android and sell on the Android Market. My ported app has been fairly successful. I don't know how long it will keep up, but I'm making almost $70 per day from it right now.

So after working with android what is your honest opinion in the best OS out there.

I used symbian then got a windows phone. after a while I switched to a HTC hero then desire hd and have never changed back. I love android but find most people are stuck into the iphone. What do you think?

You say, "most people are stuck into the iphone," but in fact the latest numbers show that there are a lot more Android phone users than iPhone users.

Honestly, I'm torn.

It took a while for me to warm up to Android after using an iPhone for so long, but when I use an iPhone now I feel so limited. And as a developer, I *love* the ease of getting software into the Android Market. So for me personally, Android is the best.

But for my non-techie wife, I still think the iPhone is a better choice. It's simpler, has fewer things to fiddle with, and just feels less geeky overall.

I'm in a very similar boat, although Java is my first OOP! Like you, I instantly liked it. It's so much clearer and more logical than other languages. I usually jump straight in but spending a good amount of time reading about OOP and android has definitly saved me time in the long run.


thought you had died....I guess we have to wait 2 years more for any new stuff in feeddemon... ha well

Nick, it's great to see you're still alive! And even better to hear you're on Android and still developing FeedDemon. Been using FD for so many years that I just hate to see it die. I'm a new/old programmer, I say this because I'm not young and I'm finishing up my degree. Programming is not easy, but it gets easier with every class. I'm also interested in developing for mobile, and I may go in that direction - don't know yet. At the moment, I read my RSS feeds online using the Android browser because I can't find a decent stand alone reader for Android (hint). Best of luck in your new job and interest! And "thanks" for the great software you've put out!

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