Wednesday, April 16, 2008

living fully leveraged

I'm fully throttled and punching the afterburner. So many little projects going on and it's not going to let up for another three weeks at least. Time to take a little respite and update my personal blog.

I don't think I've mentioned it on this blog, but I've launched a micro-startup called Droidworks, specializing in mobile products for the Android platform. I've put together a team of four developers and we're trying to get the ball rolling. We're just getting started and don't even have a website yet. Well, that's not exactly true, I do have a blog up and running at We have two projects under heavy development, and a couple more in the planning stages.

My first project is a location-based information service called GeoMata. You can read all about it on the droidworks blog, so I won't repeat that information here. It's my official entry for the Android Developer Challenge, and thankfully the deadline has finally arrived (April 14th). I don't know how many more 3:00 am hackathons in a row I can stand.

My good pal and illustrious new product manager at Novell, Joseph Hill, has skillfully persuaded me into doing a presentation on Android at the Dallas Techfest 2008. I plan to cover some general topics, do two or three code walk-throughs, and then wrap up with a QA session. I might have a co-presenter as well do a short OpenGL segment, we'll see how this plays out. SSShhh, don't tell anyone, but this is my first time presenting, and I'm probably going to be nervous and red-faced as hell. You think I could have picked a smaller venue for my debut, eh?

I'll also be attending Google IO in the later end of May, but thankfully I won't be presenting. I'll just be another guy with a laptop, taking notes, having fun, and cramming as much google loot into my backpack as possible.

On top of all this my in-laws are in town for a month from Russia. My Russian is pretty terrible, and they speak practically no English at all, so we have some real communication difficulties when my bi-lingual wife isn't around. But I'm glad they're here, they've taken away some of the day to day stress and that's helped me focus more on my projects, this weekend I'm hoping to take some time and visit the Scarbourough Fair in Waxahachie, I've always heard it was fun.

I hope to do a couple more android tutorials in the next few weeks as I ramp up for my presentation. Pretty basic stuff, I'd like to do a small one one related to ContentProviders and another one on ProgressDialogs. Things that are both very simple to convey, but useful for beginners as well.