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Philippines Top 10 In Pivoting to Clean Energy

According to MIT, the Philippines is one of the countries pivoting towards clean energy. Perhaps we are the only one throughout Southeast Asia? Good to know our leaders here, and past, are not climate change deniers.

Updating old Android codebase

An old client of mine contacted me to fix some bugs and the tricky part was that I have to update an Android codebase that hasn’t been updated in 3 years. I have updated com.android.tools.build:gradle from v3.6.4 to v4.2.2. And from v4.2.2 to v7.3.1. This is how old the codebase is.

GCF on Hacker News

In high school, in me and my brother’s room, I had a vandal of a phrase on my wall saying On the streets saving the scene from the forces of evil It came from Good Clean Fun’s hardcore album of the same name. It was one of my favorite albums growing up. About 2 weeks ago, I came upon a …

Android Studio Render Problem

If you encounter a Render Problem issue on your Android Studio, like the one below. The solution I came up with is to use the Material Styles as your app theme. <style name="AppTheme" parent="@style/Theme.Material3.Light"> </style>

Reddit Gift

Reddit made an error with their Premium and in turn, they gifted me with 21,000 coins. I would never expect them to even respond or solve this issue.

Android Job Post Nostalgia

Just found this photo of a newspaper ad for an Android Developer job post. This was my first break in the mobile development industry. This was published back in October 2011. I emailed them my application and was interviewed the next month. And was hired, if I remember correctly, the same month in …

Xcode 14.1 Beta 3 New Splash?

I just saw this new Xcode splash screen for the first time. This popped up on Xcode 14.1 Beta 3. I’m surprised this wasn’t included in Xcode 14.0? Had to confirm it on Reddit.

One of the Top Mobile Developers in Cebu

Before this gets purged on the internet or LinkedIn. Back in 2018, someone messaged me on LinkedIn that I was chosen as one of the top mobile developers in Cebu. Flattered of course. Thanks! But unfortunately, the project was scrapped.

Weekend Project: ImageDownloader.py

My personal project for this weekend is to migrate my portfolio from my old WordPress blog to my current one. Export First, I exported my content using WordPress admin. And was saved into a lwgmnzme.wordpress.com-2022-09-25-02_03_10 folder in XML format. WordPress XML to Markdown I then used this …

Just happen to see this picture again in my photo library and I am still amazed at how strong my wife is. These were her medications after her C-section. I can’t even take two medicines in a day without losing my shit. So proud of her!

SwiftUI: How to use NavigationStack inside the .toolbar

First, why do I mostly find a solution after posting a Stackoverflow question? So most examples and tutorials only use NavigationStack and NavigationLink inside a List. I’m surprised by how nobody seems to implement using the .toolbar modifier. The solution was a little straightforward I found …

BuildException Error

Updated last night to the latest Android Studio Dolphin build but encountered this annoying build error from the JetBrains IDE. Invalidating cache and restarting seems to not work. Jetbrains seems to be clueless too. This bug has already taken much of my time. This is annoying. Edit: September 17 at …

Compiling iOS Project in GitHub Actions

While setting up YAML with GitHub Actions, it seems the build failed. These are the steps I took to integrate GitHub Actions in our iOS project. It seems for CI/CD to work we have to create a Package.swift file in our project. Currently, we do it manually through Xcode’s Swift Package Manager. …

OnlineJobs is iOS 16 Ready

I just compiled our codebase to the latest Xcode 14 RC and everything looks good during testing. I am still not sure how I feel about the new iPhone 14’s Dynamic Island. It seems like a huge black unknown mass floating on the top. I am on a simulator though so, take my opinion with a grain of …

Our Son Turned 4

Our kid turned 4 this week. We came back to the hotel where he was still tiny. Where we had to request a crib for our room. But now we can’t believe he’s 4 now! Sorry for the table shot, but I captured this perfect moment of them hugging. Our son is on the autism spectrum but it doesn’t mean …

Stackoverflow Chat Recent History Backup

I just want to post my Stackoverflow recent chat history for nostalgic purposes. I hope that day never comes when Stackoverflow would also sunset their chat feature just like they did with developer profile. I joined the Android channel around 2012-ish. Hopefully, Stackoverflow would let me download …

Legacy Android Library - Networking Valley

7 years ago I open-sourced my first Android library on GitHub. And shared it to my fellow Android devs in Stackoverflow’s Android channel. This is for sure one of my favorite highlights of my career.

Mixpanel Code Refactor

Our app uses Mixpanel for analytical and strategic purposes. This post is about my refactoring journey. Mixpanel introduced another parameter in their getInstance() method called trackAutomaticEvents which is of a boolean data type. Now, this is the part that I didn’t anticipate because …

Manjaro WTF!?

Just today I read two bad news regarding Manjaro Linux. The first one is why you shouldn’t use Manjaro and the other one is why I left PINE64. Both articles went viral on Hacker News. On the same day. Same morning. I guess I better start looking for another distro.

My First Professional Android Project

I found my first “professional” Android project while backing up data from my old laptop. I called it a “birthday reminder” and this project was the one I demoed to the company I sent my application to. Now, I am unsure if I got the gig because the Android team lead was …

Be Nice To Your Mobile Developers

We need more wholesome reviews like the photo below. I received this notification this morning and I don’t care if it is a bot (at least somebody took the time to target and review) or a real person. As long as it is a positive review. Mobile developers don’t get a lot of positive …

Stay Safe Bug

During the Covid pandemic, every country has its own app or service to help track and monitor citizens for infection. And to prevent spread. One of these was the Stay Safe app. Before being bought by the Philippine government, this was developed by a company called MultiSys. I have checked their …

Became a Subreddit Moderator

Last night I was invited to moderate the subreddit /pinoyprogrammer to which I have been contributing a lot for around a year already. It truly is an honor to get recognized and moderate an online community, in particular Reddit. You could say my first time doing this. I hope I don’t screw …

Compiling Android on the Command Line

First of all, I am on Manjaro Xfce environment for this example. We need to install Gradle. I tried to install Gradle using ArchLinux’s pacman but it was very outdated. So based on Gradle’s installation guide one option is to use a package manager like Sdkman. Let’s go ahead and …

Legacy Projects Part 1

Development Date: Last Quarter 2012 This was one of my app ideas back in 2012 where users can save important notes. I developed this using Eclipse IDE with Android SDK. And the screenshots are from Google’s Nexus 7, still their best device.