With my Kickstarter projects behind me, I am now looking forward to expanding and improving the current classes, as well as introduce new material. I teach face-to-face, as well as online, so it’s important for me to have the latest information presented in a way everyone can understand and work with. While I am hoping to get all of this done, this year, other priorities do get in the way. I will not put dates against my list below, but rest assured that I’m working towards this.
- Wear and L – This is the new stuff. I don’t have a good handle on it myself yet, but I’m working on it!
- Fragments – I plan on expanding the material on fragments and their use, since Google insists on moving in this direction. Personally, I find that fragments are useful only in cases when you are working on user interfaces where you need to show a completely different layout depending on portrait or landscape modes, or the size of the screen. The reality of re-using the same screen components over and over again within the same application otherwise are almost non-existent. With that said, the effort involved in setting up fragments for all of your projects is overkill.
- Android Studio / IntelliJ Idea 13 – I love the IntelliJ Idea 13 product, but have some major issues with the Android Studio set derived from IntelliJ. This fall, I’ll be working on a course to give everyone a better introduction, and usage of both of these tools.
- Host our examples on Git-Hub for ease of searchability and access. With that, will also come a short introductory course on Git and Git-Hub.
- For those who are brand new to Android, I will offer a short introductory course on the Android OS. The course will be a non-technical view on using the device, shortcuts, safety, and tips and tricks. I am teaching this one face-to-face in the fall at College of Southern Nevada, and will make it available online as well.
- App Inventor (2015) – I really thought that this platform would disappear. Since it hasn’t, and has actually taken shape to be quite good, I’ll be working towards designing a course for it.
- WordPress was recorded in August of 2013. The material is still very relevant, but I am still planning on re-recording the content using the latest version of WordPress. I am also strongly contemplating using Windows to do the recordings, rather than OS X, as done in the current course. It is easier to record using Windows than it is on my Mac, and the experience is identical, once you get past the installation. I plan on including OS specific guides where needed, of course.
- Genesis Framework – I use the Genesis Framework and their child themes extensively. I’d like to do a short introductory course on getting started with Genesis, it’s benefits, and how you can use it to quickly build a site.
- PHP Customization – The WordPress course did not concentrate on PHP, MySQL, as those subjects tend to be on the more technical end. However, for those interested in taking WordPress to the next level, I am planning on a course that will take you through the development of custom forms, short codes, and plugins to extend your installation of WordPress.
- I’ll be teaching an introductory course about Cloud Computing at College of Southern Nevada later this fall. I will that course available online as well.
Hybrid Mobile Development: