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Word Jumble now available on the Palm App Catalog

May 25th, 2010

Word Jumble has now been released on the Palm App Catalog for both the Palm Pre and the Pixi. It definitely took a lot longer than I anticipated but the end result is a great looking and polished product.

From the product description

Word Jumble is a great and addictive game that will keep you coming back for more! Unscramble the jumbled words to reveal the secret keyword at the bottom. Over 5200+ possible words! Play against the clock or at your leisure. Think its too easy? You have 3 different times to test yourself against. Not sure what a word is? Use the hint feature to give you a hand. High scores for both Timed and Normal games!

Please feel free to leave some feedback, good or bad.

Thanks!

Palm Pre, Random Notes

Five or More finally submitted to the palm app catalog!

April 17th, 2010

I know I have been slacking on this (amongst other things like maintenance of the site) but I have finally gotten around to wrapping up my game that I made awhile ago for the Palm Pre. There were a few tweaks made to the game that some people were concerned with, so hopefully a lot more people will enjoy it.

I would like to add difficulty levels to the game in the future, as well as a ‘continue’ feature.

I will keep you posted once the app is approved or not.

Cya then!

Palm Pre, Random Notes

More Pre game updates.

July 30th, 2009

I have been hard at work (in my spare time at least harr) working on updating 5 or more to get it into a much more playable state. I think I am down to 2 more bugs. One is a big pain in the ass and the other isnt too bad. Sometimes if you are able to fill the whole board and you get a 5 in a row RIGHT at the last second, it will go to gameover. I know what is wrong, I just havent fixed it yet.

The reason I haven’t is that I decided to get my mind off of it by making another Pre game. This one is much more recognizable, which is Simon. Yep, that game that you played with you were like 8, with the 4 buttons and you have to repeat the pattern. Anyways, it is in version 0.5.04 at the moment. I still have some things to work on it though. The pre does not seem to handle audio very well though. Almost as if it is a delicate flower.

Anyways, if you want to check out the updated game and simon, here you go!
Simon v0.5.04
Five or More v.0.7.25

Also, I do plan on doing some WebOs tutorials in a bit, so stay turned!

Palm Pre, Random Notes

So where have I been?

July 9th, 2009

Any regular readers of this blog probably took not that I went from posting one of two things here a week to posting nothing for about two months. Maybe I cursed myself by writing the article Why do our time estimates suck, because I am finally wrapping up a project where the estimations just went down the crapper. I did learn another lesson though about why estimations suck, and that is being on a project that its entire life cycle (IE, planning, development, testing, regression testing, etc) is a massive discovery phase.

This basically boiled down to those who were in charge of pulling the data down were not aware that what the client was asking was either a)something different or b) next to impossible given the dataset. No one knew it at the time, so everyone just found out as the project progressed. Luckily the blame of that was not on our plate, but it did affect our ability to get the job done in a sane manner. However, the project is “done”, so hopefully my schedule will go back to something more reasonable and I will be able to contribute more.

In the mean time, I did end up picking up a palm pre and actually got invited into their pre SDK development program. I have been messing with that and I have started working on a game called 5 or more. The gray pieces are “open spots” where you can move the colored pieces to. You have to have a clear path of open pieces when you move a piece from one place to another. Each time you move a piece, 3 more pieces will drop. Once you line up 5 or more of the same color, they will change into open (gray) pieces. Here are some pics of it so far:

5 or more picture 1
5 or more picture 2

Its pretty close to being completed. Once it is completed, I will be submitting it to the app catalog, so hopefully I will be able to be part of the initial wave of new apps :) .

In the future, I would like to start posting articles about developing for the pre, but I would like to get some more experience with it first.

java, Random Notes

Rebuilding vs Refactoring

March 29th, 2009

Recently at work, I was approached by my boss and was tasked with estimating how long it would take to fix a list of bugs. I accepted and said I would have the estimation come end of day. Then I found out which project this was for. It was *THE* project. Every company has this project. It’s the project that no one likes working on. The codebase is horrible, poorly designed and could be described as brittle at best. The problem isn’t just the code looks bad, it is just that to fix a bug in here causes a rippling effect through out program.

Instead of offering a time estimation, my manager got something pretty much every manager hates to get. She got a list of what needs to be rebuilt and how long it should take. Almost everywhere you read, they say rebuilding an application should never happen. I can agree with this to a point. When developers use that word “rebuild”, they often use it like a child who just found their father’s gun in the closet. It can be dangerous and not treating this with careful planning and consideration, you will be rebuilding yourself right into a corner.
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