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Android App Share

Android App Share is currently in BETA testing. We've heard the complaints of hundreds of Android developers complaining about the Android Market, and it's total lack of normal functions for developers. Simple things like being able to respond to user comments, one star ratings that make no sense, and other developers or pirate sites using the comments for spamming. We shared those sentiments, and we've decided to do something about it. The result is Android App Share.

Android App Share was built from the simple idea that ratings and comments are much more useful for users if the people rating the apps actually know what they are talking about. We also built Android App Share to empower developers to present their applications to users in the way they want to do it.

Here are the main functions of Android App Share:

 

Introducing Android Exception Logging

The Android Exception Logger is a free tool for Android developers to log exceptions in their apps, and get a detailed list of the unhandled exceptions their app is generating.

Here a list of the current and planned features for it:

  • Log all unhandled exceptions.
  • Exception entries can include the name of the last function called in your code, a stacktrace, the user SDK version, your software version, and the Android Id.
  • The Test Developer key is limited to a few hundred log entries a day.
  • The Prod Developer key is unlimited
  • The basic report will show all fields logged and allow you to view the last 100 entries in chronological descending order
  • (Planned) Allow sorting and grouping of the errors by exception type, SDK version etc.
  • (Planned) For non-internet enabled apps build a system to allow logging via email (will require the user to approve).
  • (Planned) Allow developers to get an email listing their latest exceptions
  • (Planned) Figure out how to pay for this ;)
  • (Planned) Figure out even better methods to get approval from the user for the developer to contact them

The BETA version of the Exception Logger is available by clicking on the "Developer/Exception Logger Manager" Link in the main menu (to the left).

JCheckSecurity

I am currently developing a Joomla! 1.6 extension to check your Joomla! site and installed extensions for basic security.

As of now, this is the list of security checks it will make:

  • Joomla! site check for an index.html file in every directory under the Joomla! root path.
  • Joomla! site check for ownership and permissions for every directory and file under the Joomla! root path.
  • Joomla! site check for the existence of JExec or die in every .php file under the Joomla! root path.
  • Extension check for an index.html file in every directory under both the site and admin extension path.
  • Extension check for ownership and permissions for every directory and file under both the site and admin extension path.
  • Extension check for the existence of JExec or die in every .php file under both the site and admin extension path.

The extension will keep a record of every test it makes and you will be able to view the history of each test to make it easy to see if you are making progress or not.

Also, planned for this extension in the future is:

  • A directory of Joomla! extensions and a rating of how well they perform on each test.
  • Publicly available user comments and critiques
  • A desktop application that connects to JCheckSecurity and runs tests from outside Joomla!

I will have version 1 of this extension available by the end of August (2010).

We're on the CLOUD!

Our website is now running on a Cloud-based server. We expect it will be considerably faster. As of now, we believe we have sorted out all the issues caused by the change in server, but if you experience ANY difficulties, please let us know :).

iHotTonight Android App almost ready for Beta Testing

First look at the iHotTonight.com Android cell phone application. The iHotTonight.com Android cell phone application is being readied for BETA testing. I expect that BETA testing will begin this weekend. We are leaving out a couple of features for BETA testing, even though the code is complete.

Feature list:

  • Map Search is faster than ever
  • Many, many categories to filter results with (over 100)
  • Help button on almost every screen
  • Many setup options
  • Find, join and leave groups with one button click (sometimes a confirmation button click also :).
  • Businesses that have iHot Messages are flagged with Gold markers on the map
  • iHot Messages are VERY visible in the detail screens
  • Most Map options can be changed from the map using the map menu

 

Here are some screen shots:

 

 

 

Other screen shots are available here : Other screen shots