Blogger releases Android smartphone app February 5, 2011 1:20 PM PST by Edward Moyer news.cnet.com
The Google-owned Blogger network has released a free app designed to enable people who have built their blogs on the Blogger platform to easily update them from their Android smartphones.
Unveiled this week, the program lets people bang out copy, and take photos with their phones, from directly inside the app--and then either publish their words and images straightaway or save a draft for later. Posts and drafts can be viewed directly in the app or, by way of a quickly accessible menu, in a browser.
Users can also select their location and include that information with their post, switch between different accounts and blogs, and select photos from their gallery for uploading.
Blogger said it's working on bringing the app to non-Android gadgets as well, but for now the program is available only for Android devices, through the Android Market, which is newly accessible directly on the Web. [charti.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2011/02/05/Picture_41_270x509.png[/chart]
You mean to tell me that all 300,000 iOS apps are perfect?? You know how many crap iOS apps are there??? SHeesh... tens of thousands of them. And the problem is that the iSheep are stuck with that crap instead of having some kind of return policy.
I have been downloading many different iPhone apps lately and have noticed that many of them suck.
When I say they suck, I’m not necesarily referring to the content of the app. What I am talking about is the programming of the app. But Brandon, how do you know the programming sucks. Well, frequent crashing is an obvious indicator. Also, taking too long to do various computations as well as overall awkwardness.
This is because many non-programmers or hobby programmers decide they want to make an iPhone app without first learning the objective-c language. People just use jank copy and pasted code frankensteined from different examples, close their eyes and pray. This is the architecture of many iPhone apps.
So, who’s fault is this? Well, at first I wanted to say Apple for their lack of tutorials/explanations. After thinking about it, I feel it’s simply lazy programmers driven by trying to make money rather than the desire create a solid and useful applications. It’s quite sad actually.
One challenge here is the iPhone is a terrible platform to learn programming with. The forced program design assumes you have a solid understaning of object oriented programming design patterns as well as many other advanced programming topics. Many CS students don’t even get this until their second year in college! So how can a novice programmer jump right in and make an iPhone app? They code a pile of crap.
So what’s the solution to this? Well I’ll tell you. Teaching people objective-c from the ground up (that, and Apple being more selective when approving apps). I intend to write a whole series of beginner objective-c tutorials (using the mac as a platform rather than the iPhone). I’m not sure yet if these will be posted here or on icodeblog.com. I have yet to decide.
So stay tuned for the first Mac Application Development tutorials.
"Last week we met with Apple Computers," Williams said, "and they have a really promising program where they come in and their [sic] recommending to middle schools – for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training – and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal."
That's a heck of an impressive program. I imagine with that with their years experience Apple has or will soon overcome some of the early problems like a teacher managing the synching of an entire classes work.
Meanwhile Android will offer: Cheap machines that will never upgrade. A lousy selection of digital material. No support or training. But they will have Flash so at least the kids can get all the porn they want.