Well, It would seem another two weeks has flown by but with midterms this past week; I hardly noticed. I honestly would have had nothing to post a week ago due to a test in Operating Systems which required a lot of preparation. I also had to set up two other operating systems on my Mac Book Pro Retina MBPR for that class as well this past week and write a report on it. That said I am going to try and post a tutorial for setting up Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 on a MBPR using the Refind boot loader, I downloaded from GitHub. Reason being it is not very straight forward and I could not find any clear instructions myself for setting up a triple boot system on a MBPR.
Anyway, once I finished all that I was in the clear to get some work done on my rafter app. I decided I would tackle Gambrels and Mansards simultaneously due to there similarity in nature. Simply put, a Mansard is a Gambrel with hips. Considering all the mathematical logic I needed was already completed doing past roofs, it only took two days to implement everything else involved. Although, I have to admit one of those days was severely inhibited due to a Saint Patricks Day work party my wife and I had to go to the night before. In any event, all the roofs I will be offering in the first version are complete now and by that I mean the great majority of the code is completed. I have neglected art work, diagrams and the instructions sets which is basically the content of the app, in an attempt to catch up on my tentative deadlines. Unfortunately, I am not much of an artist and it tends to take me a long time to create icons and diagrams. The plan now – regardless – is to complete all of that which I imagine will take a couple weeks at least.
This is not what I had hoped for, but the fact is it leaves four maybe five weeks to convert the app to iOS. However, I am convinced that with layouts, instructions, icons, and themes finished in Android, the conversion will go smoothly. There was really nothing I could cut from the first version, other than dormers, in order to expedite the process. Dormers would have been a slightly different animal and they should have needed there own menu as well, so it made sense to cut them. As a consolation for the loss of dormers from my original proposal though, the app now includes sheds roofs with hips, unequal hip roofs and mansard roofs. I felt this was a rational and fair trade-off.
In addition to the two new roof options I added this week, I also made some major updates regarding theming. Android makes it very easy to customize the look and feel of your app. You can create customized backgrounds for anything that supports a background; which is almost every UI component available. In addition to that Android provides a style.xml file in your res/value folder where you can set themes for the entire app like text styles, menu styles, action bar style etc.. It took a little while to wrap my head around it at first, but now changing the theme of the app has become quite trivial. I spent a good amount of time this week just playing with all the different options and trying to decide which themes best suited my app. I will be working to finish my icons this week and diagrams so I can post some pictures of the app. The instructions will more than likely be written before the instructional diagrams, but I will be able to post pics of the menu and input screens soon.
Till next time.