Monday, 29 August 2011

Congestion of Updates - Initial Tractor Update

After I wrote my last post, I thought that perhaps you lovely readers may want to actually read what I'm up to. As I've got a host of projects under way on the Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 platforms, I thought it would be a good idea to do a post on each of my projects, what I hope to accomplish and how far along (or not) they may be.

The first project of mine I hope to disclose is a project that is quite far along, and one I hope to release very soon. The idea behind the app (as you may have guessed by the above picture) is based around congestion/ traffic incidents. The desire to create the app came to me when I was stuck in a traffic jam with my girlfriend, with a journey that usually took forty-five minutes took two and half hours! While we were in the traffic jam, my girlfriend was keeping an eye on traffic updates via some source.

This made me think. Are there any good traffic related apps on the marketplace? While there are a few, none of them jumped out at me, and more importantly while they provided me with information, the information wasn't necessarily related to me. So I decided to work on my own app. Below are a few shots of work in progress.

The key features I have implemented at the moment:
  • Traffic information from a host of different sources (Currently I have information from one source, but hope to find more)
  • Traffic information provided to me based on a given route (this seems to be working most of the time - at least filtering by road)
  • Traffic information being clickable to send me to the original source (who are clearly credited as they deserve)
  • Route directional information so the user doesn't have to bounce back between my app and bing maps (if they so desire to use it)
  • The ability to save, delete and pin routes to my start screen
So there is a sneak look. I hope to polish and add a few more features and then release it. At the moment, this looks like it will be my first published app. Hopefully this app will be something that will provide a handy tool for all you users.

    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Who Are You and Why Am I Here?

    Its been over a month since I created this blog and have yet to write anything on it, which is kind of ironic as I set it up to try and motivate me to accomplish things.

    So here we go, an introductory blog post for all you first time readers. My name is David Kendall (if you hadn't of guessed by the big banner at the top of the page) and I'm a software developer. As a day job, I work for a company that specialises in developing software for the financial sector. It's an interesting job, that brings with it new and exciting challenges. But this is not what this blog will be for.

    No, No. This blog will be for all the little projects I will develop in my spare time for a variety of different platforms. Yeah that's right, I program for my day job and then I program some more in my spare time. I must be mad right?

    I have already got a few projects on my plate, some big some small and there will be probably be more I'll add along the way of developing these ones (yeah that's how I roll). I will get into the specifics of these projects in my next blog post.

    So what will you, the reader, get from the blog. Well, you will get an insight into the development of these projects. You will possibly get some code samples for things that I've developed that I think are useful (but probably wont be) and you may get some screenshots and video footage. Finally, it will probably include other topics that I think you may want to read.

    Hope you find all of this talk interesting. Now hopefully I can follow through with what I've said and should have another more interesting post for you in a few days.