Mobile developer (mostly Android). Conference speaker. Beer & coffee snob. Berliner in training.

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I’ll be giving a talk on migrating a custom Eclipse/Ant build to Android Studio/Gradle at tonight’s Houston Android Developers meetup. The slides are available on Google Drive. I hope to see you there!

I finally got around to registering a domain name and setting up a basic Octopress site. I’ll be posting here about music/code/coffee/beer/life releated stuff when the mood strikes.

When working with the GridView in an Android app recently, I ran into a very strange behavior around setting the selected state for a view created in my ArrayAdapter's getView() method. I'm using selectors to handle the drawable states and everything works properly when tapping a list item to select/tapping again to unselect. When debugging the ArrayAdapter's getView() method, I could see that the selected state was being set to the correct value when calling view.

It's been over a year since I've posted here, but I've been busy delving into Android and Ruby on Rails among other things. To get back into blogging (hopefully more regularly...we'll see), I thought I'd share an interesting JavaScript exercise I was asked to complete as part of a job interview recently. The task was to build a functional queue in JavaScript. A functional queue is a queue (first in, first out) which is implemented with no side-effects.

Since I put together my inaugural Top 10 list last year, I may as well make it a tradition. Luckily I had the foresight to keep a running list in Evernote throughout the year, so the tough part was putting them in order. Some may argue about the order of the albums on the list or the exclusion of others. I'd love to hear your opinions. So without any further jibba jabba, here's my Top 10 Albums of 2010 list:Local Natives - Gorilla Manor The harmonies are amazing.

I didn't take much of my vacation time this year, so I'm left with thirteen days of vacation to take in December. In an effort to make the most of this bounty of time off, I made a list of things to do. Thanks to Jamie for suggesting I make a list after patiently enduring my first couple brainstorming sessions. Here's the list in no particular order: Triumphant return to homebrewing - Brew an American Pale Ale.

Any good trip needs a soundtrack. With this in mind, I created a mix CD with the following tracks. All of the bands except where noted hail from Montreal or at least Canada. I've included links to listen to the tracks on YouTube. No Celine Dion or Bryan Adams will be found here, only the coolest indie bands Canada has to offer. These are in no particular order. I know, I know.

Since my friend Greg asked for it, here's a review of The Flaming Lips' "New Year's Eve Freakout" as their latest album, "Embryonic", spins on the turntable. The last time I saw the Lips was in high school just after the release of "Clouds Taste Metallic". That experience and word-of-mouth since prepared me for the celebratory chaos that is a Flaming Lips show. Joe Mathlete of did a very entertaining set of cartoons documenting his trip to OKC for the show accurately described a Flaming Lips concert as "

Bands I've Seen Live

I’ve been thinking for quite some time about trying to compile a list of all the bands I’ve seen live over the years. I’ll put these in order as much as possible. I plan to keep adding to this as I recall past shows and attend more in the future. I have a ticket stub book, so I’ll include the dates and other details for those I have. Some of these are special in that the bands have since split up, are no longer touring, and/or some members have passed away.