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Book Review – Beginning Android Games

Beginning Android Games is a new book by Mario Zechner and published by Apress. Mario is the very clever chap behind the libGDX library I’ve mentioned here a few times in the past, so he knows what he’s doing.

But this book isn’t about libGDX, instead I remember reading Mario saying somewhere that the aim of the book was to enable you to build your own libGDX-like library by the end of it, and that’s pretty much what it does.

Cutting to the chase, I’ve only had the book for a day or two and I’ve only had a chance to really skim it so far, but from what I can see this appears to be the best book available for anyone wanting to get into game development for Android devices.
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Video & PDF for my LFPUG Android talk

The talk went pretty well over all… didn’t hear any snoring anyway!

Didn’t cover half as much as I’d wanted to, what were supposed to be quick overviews of Flash and Air ended up taking far too long and I didn’t get to cover much of Andengine or any of the Market stuff I was planning on. Turns out you can’t fit as much talking into an hour as you think!

When I get time I’ll do a video of the Andegine demo I was planning and pop it up here instead.

Video & PDF available on the LFPUG site here.

I’m talking @ LFPUG in January about Android development

Damn, Tink’s just sent out the newsletter so I can’t get out of it now :)

I’m going to be doing a talk at the end of January to the London Flash Platform User Group (LFPUG) about Android development. It will follow on from Richard Leggetts comprehensive ‘Introduction to Android’ talk earlier this year and cover some new stuff such as Air for Android, publishing, protecting and monetizing your apps on the Android Market, and we’ll also create some simple games using AndEngine and LibGDX.

Following me will be Liam Flynn talking all about multi platform OpenGL ES, so it should be an interesting night if you’re into games and other mobile development.

Hope to see you there!

Getting surreal!

From the Wikileaks twitter feed (wonder how much longer that will last?)…

High court of Pakistan dismisses attempt to ban WikiLeaks

Utterly surreal: Pravda justifiably criticising US for trying to stifle a free press How times change.

…and strangely relevant…

(I’ve turned on Youtubes ‘privacy enhanced mode’ for the videos above coz you’re probably not meant to be listening to subversive stuff like that!)

DepthJS – Kinect hits the browser!

Remember how the Minority Report gesture interfaces seemed all futuristic way back in ’02? Well now you can flail your limbs wildly to control your browser too!

From the MIT Fluid Interfaces Group comes DepthJS, a browser extension (currently Chrome) that allows the Microsoft Kinect to talk to any web page. It provides the low-level raw access to the Kinect as well as high-level hand gesture events to simplify development.

Code available from GitHub