Sustainability 

http://www.agile-doctor.com/2016/08/16/agile-processes-promote-sustainable-development/

Wonderful case for four legged stool: scope, resources, schedule and quality. Scope and resource seems to be easiest –  we seem to always struggle with the balance on schedule and quality. Schedule seems to primarily be an assumption of those who usually have the least skin in the game. 

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Agile development – Stand Up Meetings 

https://agileoutloud.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/starter-agile-pt-3/

Sprint Stand Up meetings can be a drain from having independent developers treating the time as status meetings with everyone focus in their own world. One of the hardest part it getting everyone to work as a team. There is a constant natural gravitational pull of only working on what I know and what I have done in the part. 

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Houzz: Maximize Harvests With Square-Foot Gardening

Houzz: Maximize Harvests With Square-Foot Gardening. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwzJDwhSY

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Smart Innovators Value Smaller Teams Over Better Processes

Smart Innovators Value Smaller Teams Over Better Processes – http://pulse.me/s/3ZLDv

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Creating a Text to Speech Application

Creating a Text to Speech Application is surprisingly simple on android. I’m going to write a quick post with some great pointers on how to accomplish this.

What you need:
Android SDK
Eclipse (I’m using Helios)

Lets begin:

First we need to create a new android project in Eclipse. In Eclipse Click File, New, and select android project. You will be created with the following screen. Enter your project name and click Next to continue.

Next we need to select a target platform. I have chosen 2.2, make your selection and click Next to continue.

Now we need to name our package name, activity name, and set the minimum SDK. Enter your information and select Finish to complete creating the android project.

Now that we have the project created lets get started with the good stuff. Start off by creating the layout. open /res/layout/main.xml

This is the screen for the application, it is also by default created by eclipse.

In this document we are going to create an EditText for user input and a button to start the text to speech.

Lets add that EditText:
delete the text view that eclipse adds by default.
Add the EditText in between the LinearLayout

<EditText
android:id=”@+id/Speech”
android:layout_width=”fill_parent”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:hint=”Enter Text for Speech!”
/>

Alright now that we have the Edit Text added we can continue on to adding the button.

Now add the following into your xml

    <Button
android:id=”@+id/Speak”
android:layout_width=”fill_parent”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:text=”Speak!”
android:onClick=”onClick”/>

The complete main.xml should look like the following

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=”http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android”
android:layout_width=”fill_parent”
android:layout_height=”fill_parent”
android:orientation=”vertical” >

<EditText
android:id=”@+id/Speech”
android:layout_width=”fill_parent”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:hint=”Enter Text for Speech!”
/>

<Button
android:id=”@+id/Speak”
android:layout_width=”fill_parent”
android:layout_height=”wrap_content”
android:text=”Speak!”
android:onClick=”onClick”/>

</LinearLayout>

Lets take a look graphically at what we have created.

Open your java file under /src/’your package name’/
Once opened you can see where eclipse has done some of the work for you. You content view has already been set to your main.xml

Start off by adding the EditTex,Speech button, and The Text To Speech into the class.

With the code below you have noticed that I have added ‘implements OnInitListener, OnUtteranceCompletedListener” You must add this as TextToSpeech uses this to check to see if the required data for TextToSpeech is installed.

public class TextToSpeechExampleActivity extends Activity implements OnInitListener, OnUtteranceCompletedListener {
/** Called when the activity is first created. */

Button Speak;
EditText Speech;
private TextToSpeech mTts;

@Override
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
setContentView(R.layout.main);

Speak = (Button)this.findViewById(R.id.Speak);
Speech = (EditText)this.findViewById(R.id.Speech);
//initialize TTS
mTts= new TextToSpeech(this, this);

}

public void onInit(int initStatus) {
mTts.setOnUtteranceCompletedListener(this);

}
public void onUtteranceCompleted(String utteranceId) {

mTts.shutdown();

}

You will notice that you will have some errors once this code has been written. The error should be the following

“Button cannot be resolved as a type”

“EditText cannot be resolved as a type”

“TextToSpeech cannot be resolved as a type”

The fix for these errors are very simple. Simply go over each error and have eclipse import Button, EditText, and TextToSpeech. There is a even easier way to do this with eclipse. Press Ctrl+Shift+O. This will organize your imports for you and even delete unused ones. Once you have imported Button, EditText, and TextToSpeech we should be error free.

So Lets keep trucking, the only thing we lack is what the button is finally going to do!

I handle my button clicks using the onClick

insert the code below into your class

public void onClick(View v)

{

switch(v.getId())

{

case R.id.Speech:

//when Button Speak is clicked

//grab text from the EditText Speech
String TALK = Speech.getText().toString();

//Talk now has text from EditText

mTts.speak(TALK, TextToSpeech.QUEUE_ADD, null);
break;

}

}

The complete class should look like the following

“Your package name goes here”;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech.OnInitListener;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech.OnUtteranceCompletedListener;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;

public class TextToSpeechExampleActivity extends Activity implements OnInitListener, OnUtteranceCompletedListener {
/** Called when the activity is first created. */

Button Speak;
EditText Speech;
private TextToSpeech mTts;

@Override
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
setContentView(R.layout.main);

Speak = (Button)this.findViewById(R.id.Speak);
Speech = (EditText)this.findViewById(R.id.Speech);
//initialize TTS
mTts= new TextToSpeech(this, this);

}

public void onInit(int initStatus) {
mTts.setOnUtteranceCompletedListener(this);

}
public void onUtteranceCompleted(String utteranceId) {

mTts.shutdown();

}
public void onClick(View v)
{
switch(v.getId())
{
case R.id.Speak:
//when Button Speak is clicked

//grab text from the EditText Speech
String TALK = Speech.getText().toString(); //Talk now has text from EditText

mTts.speak(TALK, TextToSpeech.QUEUE_ADD, null);

break;
}
}
}

There you go! That ties up the Text to Speech Application if you have any questions about the posted code or have any suggestions. Feel free to contact us or leave a comment. Thanks

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Short Timer-TBS update

Short Timer-TBS update is now available on the amazon market. This update includes the graphical changes to the main screen, edit screen, and timer. The new timer now allows you to create multiple timers and cancel when needed. You also can still have the ‘complete task upon completion’ with the messaging and phone dialer. Let us know what you think with the changes so we can continue to make this product better for you.

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Read It Now v 1.1.2

A minor Read It Now update is now available on the android market.  These changes include graphical adjustments to the reader screen, and added a date entry for saved stories.

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bug fixes for Short Timer

A new update is now available on the Android Market and soon to be available on the Amazon market as well.

Bug fixes include:

Add New Project, Alarm, and Export All Buttons fixed in History tab views

adjustments were made with the notification for the alarm. I added a Text To Speech Notification instead of the default ringtone. Now short timer reads aloud what alarm has expired.

With the new layout you can easily manage multiple timers and cancel when need be. The new layout also includes the ‘complete task upon completion’ which allows you to start up messaging and the phone dialer once your alarm has expired.

Thanks Short Timer users for all of your support, We will continue to make this product even better for you!

 

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Short Timer TBS comes to google+

Short Timer TBS now has a page available on google+ here! Check us out to follow up on updates and changes.

 

Download ShortTimer-TBS here on the Android Market.

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Reader For Twitter comes to google+

Reader For Twitter now has a page on Google+. You can check us out here to follow up on updates and changes!

Download Reader For Twitter here on the Android Market.

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