You've probably noticed that Android development is hot these days. It seems like the entire world is dominated by just two mobile platforms, Android and iOS, with Android quickly creeping up on iOS as the platform of choice for many people. But, let's be honest, developing software for Android sucks. I mean it really sucks. Not only do you have to write your code in Java, but you have to learn to use all the various and tedious tools that come with the SDK. Trust me, it's not a picnic even for an experienced developer.
The other day, I was browsing Bryan Lunduke's blog and came across this post about a new program called Easy Development Studio. The software is pretty cool. It lets you do a lot of the things that usually take hours or days in a visual and easy to understand environment and allows you to dive into Android development without all the complexity that you'd normally have to deal with. Best of all, as far as I can tell, you don't need to use Java! That fact alone made me jump for joy.
Easy Development Studio can even help you in creating custom Android ROM's so, if you've been wanting to play around with deep Android development, now is your chance.
I'll do a fuller review of the software next week once I've gotten a chance to play around with it. But if it does all it seems to do, this could soon become the de facto standard for people who just want to get things done on Android without all the fuss.
Also, since this post all started after reading an entry in Bryan's blog, I should mention that Bryan's company, Radical Breeze Software, creates an amazing visual development environment called Illumination Software Creator. ISC allows you to build software visually by connecting 'blocks' of functionality then extending functionality using the easy to use Python programming language. It's cheap, easy to use, and a great choice for anyone interested in creating cool software without all the fuss. Check it out when you have time. You won't be disappointed!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Canonical, makers of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, made a huge splash at this years CES with their announcment of their forthcoming UbuntuTV. They didn't demo any devices and showed off only a handful of concept software, but the excitement they created gives Canonical an amazing opportunity to catapault itself directly into the mainstream marketplace.