Since moving to Camarillo for college in August, I missed both SHDH20 and SHDH21 due to the increased distance between the Bay Area and where I live. However, since I’m back in San Luis Obispo for winter break, I was able to attend SHDH22. Instead of spending my time socializing and learning, I actually came with an agenda of things to do.
A few months back I registered the domain http://picturesofpeopletakingpictures.net because my friends thought it would be funny. (Alcohol was also involved and it seemed like a good idea at the time). I still don’t know what I want to do with it, but I put wrote up a small script using Rails that queries flickr and displays a random picture tagged “picturesofpeopletakingpictures.” It turned out to actually be a huge pain in the ass because the flickr gem I used had their own API key built in. Once I hacked together a fix for using my own, I got it working pretty quickly. When I uploaded it to my web server, nothing worked. Duh I forgot to freeze the flickr gem! Nope that wasn’t the problem. Apparently you have to use a folder structure like ~/flickr-ver_num/lib/flickr.rb. The library had ~/flickr-ver_num/flickr.rb. After struggling with that for at least 45 minutes, I had it up and running. Anyways, if anyone has suggestions of something better, leave a comment.
I started on a project that could turn into a DevHouse competition. More on this later if it actually happens.
Lastly, I started looking at the Android Java Framework by Google for Cell Phones. I mean why not? Google has some pretty good documentation and tutorials that I was able to follow and I end up writing a Hello World program!