Dynames Productions

A blog to showcase my creative and technical work. Talk about what I like to talk about.


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What I have been up to

Hey everyone,

There has been quite a bit of a gap since my last post on here. I have been busy working on something that I thought to make after running into an issue with twitter.

For those that use it will know that twitter has a schedule feature where you can schedule to tweet out a tweet. BUT that scheduler never had the ability to make it recurring (at least not one I could find). Now while my solution may not be as elegant in looks, it is still quite functional.

I have been working on a Java application with the integration of Twitter4j library to create a program capable of sending out tweets in bulk.

Why design this?

To simply save me time. When my list of tweets was small, it was bearable to copy and paste them all in. Or even schedule them every week. But now that the list has expanded, it is clear that individually scheduling them every week or copying and pasting them every time is not going to be efficient.

The program is quite simple in design, but powerful in its main focus of bulk tweeting. Once I have ironed out the more finer details of the program, I may release some screenshots and maybe a written demo on here for any curious programmers out there. Maybe this is something then you could make yourself as well.

Don’t know yet if this is something I will actually be able to release to the world since I will have to look at any potential legal ramifications. But hey, if I release a written demo here, it will be a starting point for any other programmer to make their own bulk tweeting software :).

~ Monty

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UPDATE: Lack of Postings

Hey everyone,

This is just a quick update to let those that read on my blog know that I won’t be posting on here for a while.

I’m currently working on a little animation project for my YouTube channel. I may post updates about it here, but once I think it is ready to be unveiled, there will be a post about it here.

Monty


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Slice of Life is the King genre

Let me preface this post by saying that whatever views are expressed in this post, are my OPINIONS.

women-sunset-landscapesHaving read manga for a long time, watched anime for a long time and occasionally reading fiction books, I’ve come to a conclusion. By far my favorite genre regardless of medium  easily has been “Slice of Life”. Slice of life for those unaware is, taking the mundane life of a character and presenting it in a mysterious, adventurous and positive manner to the viewer/reader.

In fact your life, and my life itself is slice of life. Whatever happens everyday to us is considered slice of life. If you think your everyday adventures (or routine, whichever your prefer) are boring, then look again. But look at it with a more positive mindset thinking of the fun you can have in every activity you do. Think of the little adventure every activity provides.

man-cleaningFor example, something as simple as washing dishes can be fun. Knowing that you’re the one doing the hard work and see it pay off with clean, shiny dishes again is a reward in itself.

Slice of life is the ability to take pleasures in the simple things of life. I love this genre more than any other because of the positive messages it sends, and the happy feelings I get every time from reading it. This genre has also taught me a lot in the past, and still continues to do so. It has taught me that even in the toughest challenges, there is some fun that can be derived from it no matter what we may think or feel like.

8a1dcc058f13ad94c3fb3872d5ac17f7No matter the negativity of the world, there will always be some positivity. It is our job to feed off of the positivity to keep our minds healthy rather than turn to the negative thinking. There are enough negative thinkers in the world already, so I would rather make an effort to remain optimistic and positive.

Slice of Life is a genre that will keep on giving no matter how many stories you read within it. It is a genre to teach you countless lessons, for which you will be grateful for as time goes on. My most favorite cup of tea will always remain to be “Slice of Life”. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. Please indulge yourself in my other entries in this blog.

Hope you stick around for future posts.

~ Monty


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Android App Dev: Thoughts on Android App Development

Hey everyone,

This post is more geared towards those who may wonder what Android App Development is like. You may have questions such as:

  • Is it easy to get into it?
  • What sorts of hurdles are there?
  • Can I just pick up my laptop and get started?

I’ll take my time in answering these questions later on down the post. But first my own opinions. Android App Development like any software development can be time consuming and sometime even costly depending on the resources you need. For example: If you’re creating a social space app, you’ll most likely need servers to store user information and display information. Renting those servers can cost quite a bit of money, the amount can only increase depending on the popularity and number of users within your app.

The costs can also play a role in hiring developers if you are not able to code and design the app yourself. But keep in mind that with developers it is not a fixed cost all the time, it can vary from person to person. Sometimes the cost may also scale up as the work goes on. And if you plan to run any paid promotions for your app (marketing is important), then that will factor into the costs as well. So unless you plan to design and develop an app yourself, and use free marketing tools, you better be loaded on a pretty reasonable budget for your app idea.

Now to answer the questions I asked before.

Q: Is it easy to get into?

A: The development bit, yes. The bit where you try to make money from it, not really unless you are sitting on a goldmine idea. There are loads of app on the Play Store, meaning loads of competition. Pretty much every trending category has been saturated from what I’ve observed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make any money, just don’t go in expecting trucks to drive up to your house with boat loads of money.

Q: What sorts of hurdles are there?

A: This depends on your competency with app/software development. If you’re comfortable designing and programming your own app, then congrats you’ll save some money! But you’ll also be able to work on your own schedule and keep on track more easily.

If you’re comfortable with marketing, great you’re another step closer to having your app reach out to many people. If not, either do your best or hire someone to do it for you which will only add to the costs. But social media is powerful and free to use (unless you run ad campaigns), so utilize it.

The major hurdle that may stand in your way is publishing the app. You need to get a developer’s account and setup a merchant account (if you monetize your app). However setting up a merchant’s account from my experience so far has indicated that Google really wants to cater to those who are in it for the long run, who are serious about this and treat it as a business. But that doesn’t mean that an independent developer can’t make a few bucks on the side. There are always ways to overcome hurdles.

Then of course another hurdle would be submitting your app for review and hope it gets through. But that is something everyone has to go through, so it is more like part of the procedure than a hurdle.

Q: Can I just pick up my laptop and get started?

A: Yes, the great thing about Android Studio (development environment) is that it will work on Linux, OS X and Windows. It is not restricted to one OS unlike XCode (iOS Development). So as long as your laptop or computer is capable of running Android Studio, and optionally an emulator to test your apps on the computer (else you’ll need a physical Android device), you should be good to go!

Every platform has its pros and cons and Android is certainly no exception. But I’ll say from personal experience, Android seems to be more open as far as entry barriers go. Hope this post helps someone out. Catch you all on the next one!

~ Monty


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Been a while

Wow so it has been a while since I posted anything on here. Sucks I know but I don’t tend to pay as much attention to blogging and what not as I used to before. Which should be evident from my lack of posting on here. Hopefully I maybe able to turn that around, who knows?

I’ll also be starting a new blog to “promote” a FREE android app I’ve been working on once I get a Play Store account. That wordpress blog will probably get a lot more updates than this one. Actually this one might be lucky enough to get one or two, in a month…or a year…I MAKE NO PROMISES! 😉

Now on to what I can do with this blog. I could always go ahead into reviewing anime and manga, or do recommendations since I’m pretty big into that. Same with video games. YouTube videos have taken a back seat thanks to the time they take to produce. Also for my writing (fiction stories), I’ll probably just post up links to the actual piece itself than to post it up here. It just is easier that way for me.

Anyways, once I’ve some direction for this blog, I’ll post on here whenever I get the time…or remember to. Until then, stay frosty! Because its winter here and you can be frosty during winter heh heh…I’ll just see myself out now.

~ Monty