Friday, November 4, 2011

Android BudgetApp Application

"BudgetApp" is a simple application that allows you to manage your personal, family, or group financial budget.

"BudgetApp" may be used on a single Android device, to create a personal budget; This method will persist all data only on this one device. Or you may use "BudgetApp" with one or more Dropbox accounts in order to store and retrieve your data and collaborate on a single budget with others.

The way "BudgetApp" integrates itself with a Dropbox account is as follows:
1) "BudgetApp" creates the following files as a means of persisting data:
1a) a file to keep track of categories and their respective funds.
1b) a file to keep track of categories and their respective monthly(or weekly, or yearly) percentages.
1c) history file(s)(one per month) to keep track of the transactions(withdrawals, transfers, deposits) a user makes during the current and previous months.
2) "BudgetApp" stores these files on the device in a cache folder, and then uploads/updates these corresponding files in the user's Dropbox account.
3) When "BudgetApp" needs to refresh its cached files, it will pull the corresponding files from a user's Dropbox and use them to overwrite the existing cached files.
4) The reason for using Dropbox with "BudgetApp" is so that multiple users, using their own Dropbox accounts, may all share a single/common/shared folder in each of their Dropbox accounts in order to collaborate on a single/common/shared budget.

Also, I have created a PC version of "BudgetApp" that allows you to store your budget files anywhere on your PC including your Dropbox folder (if you've installed Dropbox on your PC). This way, you can keep your budget synced between both your PC and your Android device! In order to obtain a copy of the PC version, you must first purchase the Android version on the Android Market (currently U.S. $0.99). Once you've purchased the Android version, you can send an email to, requesting a PC version of "BudgetApp". Once I have verified that you have purchased the Android version, I will send you a PC version (at no additional cost).

"BudgetApp" should be landing in the Android Market within a week from now.

Monday, May 2, 2011

War Walking !!!

I have completed and uploaded my "War Walking" application to the Android Market.

This application is used for scanning Wi-Fi access points (APs), storing the data to a database, and then displaying various data to the user about each AP found. The application also takes advantage of a device’s GPS capabilities by plotting the latitude, longitude, altitude, etc. of where each AP was found, and then plotting a marker on the built in map for each access point. Once the application starts, it will take a few seconds for it to get a “fix” on a satellite. Once the device has found a “fix”, you may start scanning for Wi-Fi access points and collecting data.
Viewable data collected includes:
SSID, BSSID, Encryption Capabilities, Signal Strength, Frequency, Channel, Time the AP was first seen, Time the AP was last seen, Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, and Speed.
Also, the application has an "Export to KML" feature. This can be used to export the data collected to a KML file, which can then be uploaded to Google Maps where you can then view the locations of all your access points you discovered.
Please check out my application on the Android Market by searching "holmesware" on the market application with an Android-powered device, or you can check it out here on the web!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Counter App

So, I have placed another app on the Android Market. It's not the app that I have previously described (I'm still working on that one). This one I just wanted to experiment with dynamic content. So, I made a real simple app that has a positive and negative button, and when pressed it will count up and down the number scale. Another button will allow the user to flip between numbers and letters. So, if in alphabet mode, the user can go up and down the alphabet when the positive and negative buttons are pressed. I let me 2 year old daughter try it out and it was a hit! I had no idea that this would be so entertaining for her. She sat and counted along with the numbers and letters for a half an hour (and then I needed my phone back). So if you have any preschool aged children, this app will surely be hit for them as well! Just search for "holmesware" in the Android Market and then download "Counter". Also, please leave my app a rating and a comment. I would really like to know how others enjoy the app, or comments as to other features you'd like to see added or improved.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Shortly after my first post yesterday I finished and uploaded my first FREE app to the Android Market. It is titled "Toggle Ringer/Silent Mode". Go to the Android market on your android device and either search for the title of the app, or you can search "holmesware", or you can find it by clicking the applications link and selecting the productivity category, to try out my very first and FREE app in the Android Market.

The app basically just has a button that will toggle the phone ringer from on to silent and back to on. Very simple, but useful for those who want to quickly turn their phone ringer off right before going into a meeting without having to click the hardware volume buttons several times to get it into silent mode. Also, it makes for quickly turning your ringer back on, and to the exact volume level it was at before you went into your meeting. The app also comes packaged with a simple widget that you can place on your home screen, if you feel it's too cumbersome to open up the application. The home screen widget comes with an extra feature. The home screen widget allows you to toggle between Ringer On, Silent Mode, and Vibrate!

So, what are you waiting for?.... Download my free app, and PLEASE rate it. Leave your comments in the comment section when you rate the app, or post a comment here on the blog. Let me know how useful of an app it is, how well it worked for you, and if you have any suggestions for improvement on this app, leave those too. Also, if you have other suggestions for an app idea that you might like to see, please post that idea as a comment, here on my blog.

Now that I have played around a bit with the Android's Software Development Kit and understand it better, I am going to attempt a more complex application, which I have briefly detailed in the prior post. I expect the development of this project to be completed by the end of April 2011 / beginning of May 2011. So, please check back then, for updates on my next application!

Friday, March 11, 2011

First Post

I am starting to build apps for Android devices. Since part of the registration needs to be able to refer customers to a website about my apps, I am going to use google's blogger to host my temp website. Right now I am working on a simple ringer switch toggle button app. Next, I am going to create a War Driving app that will scan for nearby WiFi hotspots, display info to the user about each access point found, and mark the Geo Location of the access point on a map for the user to see. I will post a blog as I complete and upload each project to the Android Market!