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Month: July 2014

Notes on publishing PhoneGap / Cordova app to Google Play store

I’ve started making apps with Cordova / PhoneGap. My set up is somewhat unconventional as I am just creating the projects at the command line, writing the applications using web technologies and signing them myself. I am not using the PhoneGap build service or any emulators on my machine. I am however using Eclipse because I am just used to it as an IDE, I have also been debugging the apps on a physical Nexus 4 . Since my setup is somewhat different and confusing I ended up getting information from many different places and thought I better write down some of the steps that I kept tripping up on. I installed Cordova using terminal: npm install -g cordova Creating a project cordova create <projectname> com.paddytherabbit.projectname I’m only developing for android but I need to add this as a platform to the project. Cd <projectname> cordova platform add android I…

Grabbing a GDF from Facebook data

Sometimes I am asked to do quick social network analysis for friends or family, I am quite often surprised how often people offer me their Facebook password to do the analysis!  One thing you should never do give out is your Facebook password to anyone, no matter how well you know them. To do the analysis I require a GDF file, there is a Facebook app that will generate this for you and this is a quick post to show people how to get the GDF for me. There is a whole other question around how much you want to trust an app to poke around your data but the app is well used and is limited to what it can access by the Facebook development tools so it can’t steal your password and the such. here is how to grab the GDF. 1) Log in to Facebook 2) In…

Big Data Problems

Writing about an on going conversation that you are having with someone when you haven’t quite got your head around yet is a difficult task, it does help you to think the problems through but it leaves you with a mess of a blog post. Mark and I have been having discussions around big data analytics; in particular we have been talking about a post that Mark has written a blog post worrying about the outputs from many Big Data projects, such as the pretty node/edge pictures and tables of key phrases that frequent my Twitter stream. Being a student of Mark’s for some time and now having him as a PhD supervisor, I think I know Mark quite well and when he asks you to read blog posts of his it is usually an intervention to make you think. The core of the blog post Mark likens the creation…

Sim University 5 Game Review

  You know those people who establish dynasties so powerful that their names echo through the centuries? I am one of them. – El Vice Chancellor Sim University (U.S name: Theme University) is a series of hit real-time strategy simulation games created and developed by a one man indie outfit. The game play sits at a crossroads between SimCity and The Settlers. In the latest installment, Sim University 5, the player is given the role of El Vice Chancellor, a character with a CV full of honorary doctorates who has been installed to preside over the Democratic People’s Republic University. In campaign mode a different scenario is presented to the player at the start of each mission; the player is typically responsible for developing the University towards a certain goal, in early missions the goal is set by the cabinet of the fictitious country in which the University is based but as…

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