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Altourus

Member Since 11 Dec 2009
Offline Last Active Oct 09 2012 12:38 PM

Topics I've Started

General android publishing and development questions

04 October 2012 - 10:16 AM

Hi guys, been a while since I've posted on these forums.

I wanted to get an understanding of Android development and the process of publishing apps. To that end I made a simple live wallpaper
Splitter Live Wallpaper

I had a few questions popup during this process.

How do I do Eclipse debugging on a service? With an Activity it would run the activity by default and let me use break points. When coding a service do I just need to first develop it using an Activity to allow debugging?

I've been using the developer option "Show CPU usage" to profile my program and see what I could do to improve the wallpaper's efficiency, are there more detailed profiling tools available / what ones do you recommend?

I was looking into recording a Video for my app. The only methods I've seen would require I root my phone (I'm a little hesitant to do this since I just got the phone 2 days ago) Is there any other way to do this? Mostly I'm concerned that Google will brick my phone, like apple does with Jailbreaked phones, or is this something I don't need to worry about? Or should I just record the screen with another video recorder, like my tablet?

What is the best way to advertise a free app? It appears that having a new app and being a new developer on the App store, there are no way for the user to discover my app short of them searching for it by name.

I noticed that having scope variables (variables defined inside function calls) was causing a lot of processing power to be used, I assume because of the gabage collection. Currently I've defined those scope variables outside the function as private members of the class, what are the best practices to improve this?

Cover letter

02 November 2010 - 02:20 AM

Hi again, I'm applying to a position listed here can you give me some comments on my cover letter?




Hello, I’m sending this email to apply for the Game Programmer position you’ve posted on your website. I’ve always had a passion for game development and to that end obtained a degree in Computer Science from the University Of Western Ontario. After graduating I took a job in application development with iLookabout, however I am now looking to change fields and expand my horizons. Since then I have begun to work on programming portfolio of games, these samples include a Nintendo DS game, OpenGL graphical demos and some XNA platform games.

I feel I would be a great fit for your team with my communication skills, knowledge, adaptability and proven ability to deliver products in an agile work environment. Also I feel your company would be a great fit for me with it’s focus on cutting edge portable devices and the casual gaming market. I look forward to having an opportunity to further discuss my education and qualifications. You can contact me through this email address or my cell phone. Also my portfolio is available at htttp://nickcrook.ca

Nicholas Crook
Cell:
Email:







You can view my resume on my portfolio
Edit: Just sent it in so criticism is a moot point for this cover letter, thought it may help me with drafting future ones.

[Edited by - Altourus on November 2, 2010 8:27:15 PM]

Gizmo's Adventure

02 November 2010 - 12:53 AM

Hey just finished up my first game for NDS homebrew. Its a pretty standard platformer and you can see a youtube video preview here

Controls
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Left or Right arrows to move
Hold X to run
Press A to jump

To download the game or Source code go here

If you would like to make comments on the source code a thread has been set up here

Gizmo's Adventure Code Review

01 November 2010 - 11:10 PM

Hey just finished up my first game for NDS homebrew. Its a pretty standard platformer and you can see a preview here

Controls
----------
Left or Right arrows to move
Hold X to run
Press A to jump

To download the game or Source code go here

Looking forward to hearing some of your opinions on improvements I can make to the code.

Demo competition

25 September 2010 - 11:59 AM

Anyone else heard of this Demo Chronicles or submitted anything to it?

PARTNERS