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Kevin Hoffman's Blog I've been poking around at some of the documentation for Google's Android project. I've seen a couple of the code samples, read through a lot of the SDK documentation and I've even checked out a couple of YouTube videos, including this one: I also highly recommend that you check out the 3 architecture videos that you can find on YouTube. One of the engineers on the Android project takes us on a detailed walkthrough of the architecture of the platform, how applications work, and even shows us how memory, processes, activities, and state are managed. So here's what I've been able to take away as highlights from what I've read and seen: Notifications. Application code can be woken up when certain important events take place. This is something that I really liked about PalmOS in that it could wake your code up and do things necessary and then shu... (more)

iPhone Will Make Mobile AJAX and Web 2.0 Happen

Kevin Hoffman's Blog (June 11, 2007) - This morning I got to watch Steve Jobs in person do his thing, complete with reality distortion field. Despite rumors to the contrary, I felt no brainwashing tug on my mind, and felt no involuntary compulsion to buy whatever it was Steve was up there selling. I was watching a charismatic CEO do a presentation on some really cool new stuff coming out from Apple. Click here to register for AJAXWorld He started the show off with a Mac vs. PC ad where the PC guy was dressed like Steve Jobs. It was a pretty funny ad and I'm sure everyone will have... (more)

iPhone Keyboard and How to Use It?

The other day I was chatting with a friend and he was taking notes about some things using his iPhone. I commented on how unbelievably fast it seemed he was able to type using the keyboard. Up until recently, I've been "OK" at using the keyboard but I never really considered the iPhone as a device on which I could take notes - I have been so abused by smartphone keyboards (virtual and physical) that I just assume that the typing experience is going to suck. This is saying something, considering my last SmartPhone was a PPC 6700, which has a full, backlit, slide-out keyboard that... (more)

Yet Another Half-App From Google

Kevin Hoffman's Blog The last time I took a look at the list of products Google had to offer, my eyes glazed over and I just kept moving. The list of stuff they've got cooking was two scrolling pages long. The odd part was that the only things I ever use from Google are search and gmail, I've rarely ever touched any of the other stuff. So when I saw today that they've got a Powerpoint clone to add to their suite of online office applications, I took a look at some analysis of the features. In short, it works just like all of the other Google applications - take the features used... (more)

Why Build Applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch?

So Steve Jobs has finally announced the availability of the iPhone SDK. It will be available sometime in February of 2008. First, before I go on, I want to counter a lot of the press and blog comments stating that the release of the SDK is a reversal or some kind of about face. If anybody had done their homework, they would know that Steve Jobs himself stated that he wanted to create an environment that supported native 3rd party app development, but that they didn't have it "right" just yet, and that he wanted people to be patient. Obviously, he didn't remember that patience is ... (more)