I have been busy building new mobile apps for Backchannel Chat, the first of which is for Android.
This is a complete re-write of the Backchannel Chat app. Previous versions used a HTML bridge to push events into the application from an embedded web view. This version communicates directly to the server without any embedded middleware.
The app was built using Xamarin Forms, I made use of this so that I could get both platforms for roughly the same effort. iOS and Android did require some platform specific renderers and services, but the Forms echo-system is growing at such a rate that finding pre-built controls and services is becoming easier.
Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
The app can be downloaded for free:
I’ve been working on an Android version of Student Stock Trader.
Students can use the app to buy and sell stocks on their Android phones or tablets.
This is the first app that I've published that has made use of the Xamarin Forms framework and it's been a very pleasant experience.
My latest app is called Find That ATM which is a utility to help you find an ATM in Australia.
It has a database of all the major banks and will show the ATM's that are in your immediate area.
I’ve put together a new app that helps you calculate the Net Present Value (NPV). The app lets you add any number of periods and will produce a nice PDF output.
Download from the app store here.
I was really happy with the visual refresh that I did with Student Stock Trader recently, I decided it was time to update the Teacher Word Games that I put together last year.
I didn’t change any of the functionality, you can see build your own word lists with Teacher Word Games and build PDF Bingo Cards or Word Searches. You also get a game code that can be used with Student Word Games so that students can play these word searches or bingo on their devices without the need for any paper.
The Teacher Word Games refresh:
The Student Word Games refresh:
Both apps are free, so download now and play with your class.