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Monthly Archives: April 2012

If you are on an internet connected device, be that a smart phone, tablet, or your computer; you can easily find out the IP Address of the device like so… Google it! Google will provide you with the IP Address of the device you are using by simply querying Google search with one of the following…

  • ip address
  • my ip address
  • get ip address
  • what is my ip address

 
I think you get the idea. Anyway, just a cool trick I stumbled upon.

*This post assumes an intermediate knowledge of Android Development. 

Introduction

I’ve had some ideas for personal apps floating around my head the past few months, but I hadn’t gotten around to building any of them until now. There were numerous times I found myself using an app on my phone to execute a single task or two, but I felt as though I didn’t need to actually launch the app and use a UI (I just wanted to execute a small subset of functionality within the app). I wanted to simply click a button to execute some action within an app, but not launch the app visibly and then have to manually exit out and destroy it. Call me lame, but I felt as though I was clicking/touching buttons more than I really needed to. This led me to the idea of an invisible app. I knew of Widgets obviously, but they didn’t fit my requirements. I was unsure if my idea was even possible, but I knew I wanted my app to abide (yes, The Dude does) by two things…

  1. Lightweight in memory consumption (must use minimal resources and it must kill itself – to free up system resources)
  2. Invisible/transparent (no UI)

 
Basically, I wanted to click an app icon on one of my home screens and have the app do the following, in order…

  1. Launch app (invisible/transparent)
  2. Execute some action(s)
  3. Destroy itself (to free up memory)

 
I am aware that Android Widgets provide similar functionality, but Step 3 was not possible (correct me if I’m wrong here). Again, my specs require the app to destroy itself, not run in the background like Widgets can. As a result of these requirements, I figured out a way to achieve my goal. I leave you with How to Create Transparent Apps with Android.

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Introduction

If you are interested in setting up AIR 3.2 in FlashDevelop, I highly recommend checking out this document created by Rosario Azzarello of http://www.gamedesign.ch/. The directions worked great for the most part, though there were three things I needed to change to make it work. I would suggest trying his directions first, but if it doesn’t work you can try what I did. There were three core things I had to do to get it working…

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