This is what I have come to.
Consumption. Consumption. Consumption.
Everyday I am consuming information like someone obsessed with just eating without thinking.
I look for things which make me feel intelligent and better informed. No matter what the information is about. I just click on things that, I feel, will tell me new ways to be productive, to be motivated or will drop some life advice on me.
There’s nothing wrong with looking up these things online. The problem starts when I can’t stop clicking and I don’t know why I’m doing so.
This is what I have come…
If you are not going to have one Eureka moment, then how do you come up with good ideas for your app?
Clearly there has to be some methods or processes which one can follow to get a good idea for their app.
As a developer it is hard to think of ideas because apps which other people will like are not obvious to you. We are not the audience for our apps.
So how can you come up with a good idea?
Fortunately, there are some ways to come with a good idea for your app…
This is the…
I love the idea of the universal apps, you know the ones which everyone uses? Yes, like Twitter, like Instagram — the famous five.
I had always wanted to created an app which everyone will use and everyone will love!
If I could talk to my younger self, almost 3 years back, I would say this…
See where you are. You are just starting up.
If you think about creating a universal app idea; an app that will be used by everyone on this planet, you will keep looking forever.
Because it rarely happens. You can’t just come up with…
Firebase is pretty easy to setup, and you can use it for lot of functions such as Authentication, Analytics and most importantly for database and storage.
You can either use the fantastic Firebase Real-time Database or you can also use Firestore.
Both of these are NoSQL based database. And cater to different scenarios.
Anyway, so how do we setup Firebase for an Android App?
The first step is to signup for Firebase, if you don’t have an account, go ahead and do so, we will be here when you are finished. Here’s the link to signup : https://firebase.google.com/
As I watched a Ted talk about getting bored, while I was getting bored(yes!). I realized what the speaker was saying is unbelievably true.
Boredom is when you have time in your hands but you don’t know what to do or don’t have anything useful to do at that time.
But how do we define useful activities? Of course, the ones which help in our personal and professional development. These are the most important activities for us and should be our priority. But more often, they’re not.
When we are watching a show or a sports match or doing things…
So, you have to start the thing that is due last week.
Why not do it?
It’s too scary to start? It’s too hard to start? It’s too lame to work on? You have got better things to do?
Always, there are excuses.
Giving your time to everything, not just to the work that you have to finish.
But, this might be good. Right?
You get more time to think about it and plan it better. You feel you work better when there’s limited time.
Or do you get more time to worry about it? No, that’s not good.
It was a Sunday night. As usual, I was in my bed, twisting and turning.
I was super tired because I had been coding all day and my mind was still restless. I have always had trouble falling asleep when I get too tired. I didn’t want to use my phone, as it makes me more sleepless, so here I was.
Alone with my thoughts.
Usually, I think about calming or peaceful things to make myself fall asleep.
But alas, this time I had nothing.
Previously, I had read an article about how one can develop skills for Alexa, so…
Last night, I had setup ask-cli. Everything worked great. The documentation is pretty good.
I cloned the my skill and started making a few changes, and tried deploy them using “ask deploy” command.
Sadly, I ran into this error :
Error code: 403
“message”: “Skill is not ready for enablement.”,
“message”: “custom — object has missing required properties ([\”endpoint\”])”
Googled it. Tried to find some solution. Couldn’t find a straight solution. But after searching and reading a bit I realized I need to change the uri under “endpoint” in my skill.json. This is…
I know I shouldn’t start with an error. But this is something which might help people who are just beginning to work on Alexa skills, like me.
This error occurred while I was developing my first Alexa skill.
Error: The trigger setting for the Lambda arn is invalid. Error code: SkillManifestError
This means that the lambda functions hosted on AWS (probably) is not linked with the skill.
To solve this, you have to create a lambda function in aws if you haven’t already.
Then, you have to add “Alexa Skills kit” from the “Add triggers” sidebar in aws console. …
This is for beginners, like me, not the experts. You have been warned!
I used the only resource available to me — Internet.
(Silly answer, I know!)
When I started learning app development, I had no idea how to get started. Even the basic setup of Android Studio was a tough task for me.
Doing things on your own requires a lot of patience and Googling. Especially if you are learning a new language or in this case, learning about a whole new platform and IDE.
The basic thing that any beginner has to know is how to search for…