September 30, 2010

Adjustments


These past few days, I have been into a period of adjustment. I have a new work assignment: new team, new project. There's a lot of things I need to learn and I must learn them fast.

Also, I have a new way of managing time to get things done. I will try to minimize multitasking and concentrate on some tasks. Other things which are not yet that important or urgent will be scheduled in a later time. I want to do this to be able to accomplish something, even if it is just small, than finishing a few parts of different projects.

Finally, I am about to do a project, which is more of an open source development. I'll be doing this to help and hopefully, to advocate open source technologies and development. I'll just be blogging more details about this as soon as I start the project.

September 24, 2010

Post This now tweets


I have been developing a Facebook app while studying about Facebook API. The one I am developing, Post This, is an app that allows users to post status updates. Last week, I had finished my first working prototype. It is my plan to add features to it, like posting to Twitter, Google Buzz and others more in the future.

This week I focused on the code for posting status updates in Twitter. I already have basic knowledge of the Twitter API so I thought it would be easier. However, this has not been the case in real life. It took me a of retries and recoding. There were even times it was working in my account and not on other's. (Maybe I should blog about that experience in a future post)

All these proved worthy because It now works. My Facebook app can now post in the Facebook wall and/or in Twitter.

September 21, 2010

What's New?



Most of the recent posts has been focused more about this blog. Indeed, a lot has changed in this blog. From being a blog with a generic template, it transformed into a much improved one. It was good and blogging about the changes feels good too. However, this blog is not just about its design and layout; it is about me. So I decided to go back to blogging about the things I do. For starters, here are some of the updates in the last few weeks.

I have been busy studying various APIs, especially the Facebook API, in the last few months. Now, I am developing a Facebook app, Post This, an application that allows users to post status updates. While I study the Twitter API, Google Buzz API and other platforms, I'll continue coding this app. I am also wishing to develop a major Facebook app.

I also have been more active in mapping using Google Mapmaker. There were some schools, establishments and places that I had mapped. I plan to continue doing this in the future. It is my goal to map at least one or two places in my home town or province every week.

And finally, what are the new changes in this blog? After major changes in the past days, as posted in my previous blog entries, there were only some minor modifications done. The links widget near the footer has been removed. It was replaced by social media icons (linked to my accounts) at the upper part of each page. I added a space for the disclaimer and my personal projects. Also, I put a Google Talk chatback badge, a widget that would allow any reader to chat with me when I'm online, even if they don't have a GTalk account.

September 17, 2010

Post This


As I have been reading and studying about Facebook API, I decided to do a simple app. This way, I can apply what I learn and produce an output. I am developing Post This, an app that allows users to post status updates. For now, it only works in Facebook but I am still doing the codes for posting in Twitter, Google Buzz and other platforms.

Users can try the app by going to http://apps.facebook.com/post-this. The app's profile can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=140517145987751.

September 10, 2010

Blog Updates


After doing initial renovations to this blog last week, I spent some time again this week to do another round of changes.

I temporarily removed the twitter widget as it takes a fairly large amount of space. I'm still thinking if I should put it back because I already have a plan to put social media icons (with links, of course) in the blog. I added a blogroll containing links to friends's blogs, and the pages widget. For now, I have created a "Contact Me" page with an embedded Google Docs form to collect feedback. And last but definitely not the least, I added Twitter's Tweet button, Facebook's like and share button and Google Buzz' button in this post. Every post starting today will have these buttons. If I would have more time, I will add these to previous posts.

As of now, I am still working on more updates to the blog.

September 1, 2010

Initial Blog Renovation

After seeing my blog's statistics using Blogger Stats, I became more inspired to renovate and improve this blog more.

I updated the layout of the blog and changed the default number of posts in the home page from 1 to 3. Aside from these, I also added the following in the blog: Google search box, labels cloud, twitter widget, and the Proudly Pinoy logo. These are just the initial upgrades to the blog. There are more to come...