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Android AdMob Bug

May 23, 2015Category: Software
I'm trying to implement AdMob in my application as an exercise. I followed the tutorial to the letter (read: copy/pasted code from the sample into my app). I ended up with an activity, where onCreate() had the following code: and a layout like this: Pretty simple. However, I found that after…

ProGuard and Third Party Libraries - a Strategy

May 22, 2015Category: Software
Today I tried to compile my app for release with proguard . Previously, I skipped proguard, but now I wanted a lean package :). Soon, I got into a bit of a mess, because I noticed I have quite a few libs which need custom proguard rules. So, I ended up with one proguard file per library, included…

Android - More Speed up Building with Gradle

May 20, 2015Category: Software
In my previous post I described one thing you can easily do to improve the build speed, namely enabling the gradle daemon . In the meantime, things improved quite a bit: Gradle 2.4 (at the moment of writing) has better speed You can run things in parallel now like other build tools (e.g. make…

Apparently I'm a Coral

May 4, 2015Category: Random
The other day I played with Google's earth day game and this is what I got: caption id="attachment_623" align="aligncenter" width="518" ](./coral.jpg) Coral /caption Nice :)

A nice Visual Effect

April 24, 2015Category: Idea
Today I wanted to get a headline image for my site, with a Gantt chart. I started from: which is a bit dull. I created then a photo filter layer with the following attributes: Filter : warming filter Density : 25% (I think that's the default) Blending mode : Screen The result was this pretty image…

The Sudden Need Syndrome

April 24, 2015Category: Project Management
The sudden need syndrome is the situation you find yourself just before your holidays, when everyone needs you to do something urgent. I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get the point :)

Fix CodeIris plugin in Android Studio

April 16, 2015Category: Software
TL;DR : For the combination of AS 1.2beta and CodeIris 1.13 beta, go to your .AndroidStudioPreview12/config/plugins/CodeIris-Idea/lib and remove your groovy-all jar file. I wanted to get an UML representation of my classes and one plugin I found was CodeIris . Unfortunately, when I tired to…

Handling Change Requests

April 12, 2015Category: Project Management
As a project manager, I'm striving to improve the workflow for every stakeholder, in order to optimise their efficiency and involvement. Therefore, I devised a process for handling requests. The process The handling process is quite simple: Generate Request The Business Manager collects business…

Synology and "Sparsebundle is Already in Use" Error

April 9, 2015Categories: Hardware, Software
Today one of my Sinology drives failed. When I've replaced it, I got an error from my Mac's Time Machine about a " sparsebundle is already in use ". I saw a discussion saying the solution was to close/reopen TM connection. With Synology, I only needed to disable and enable the service off the…
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