Friends Roster – Presubmit, Continuous Integration, Deployment And Hosting

This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 and part 9. I know it must be getting pretty boring reading about the app for so long. But I promise this is the last one in the series. So far I have an app that can run both on android and on the web all from one code base. I have a lot of tests to make sure I don’t break anything. The code … Continue reading “Friends Roster – Presubmit, Continuous Integration, Deployment And Hosting”

Friends Roster – Testing In Flutter

This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7 and part 8. So far we have seen the code that runs the app. What about testing? Normally when I work on these hobby projects I don’t write any tests (gasp!). I know. I sometimes did feel the need for tests, especially if it is a large project with lots of moving parts. They help you when making changes to the code. You can be confident … Continue reading “Friends Roster – Testing In Flutter”

Friends Roster – Responsive Layouts

This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 and part 7. One of the nice features of Flutter is building responsive layouts is quite simple. It is certainly easier than building responsive layouts in HMTL or Android. As you already know, the reason I chose Flutter is because I can build for both the web and android from one code base. That means I had to design the UI to adapt to large screens and … Continue reading “Friends Roster – Responsive Layouts”

Friends Roster – Next Friend To Call

This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6. To recap, I was describing how I built various screens using flutter. The final screen in the app is the “next friend to call” screen. It has the meat of the logic. The first thing the app does is fetch the list of friends from Firebase Cloud Storage. Then it looks up the call log on your phone and updates all your friends call history. This … Continue reading “Friends Roster – Next Friend To Call”

Friends Roster – More Flutter Plugins

This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5. To recap I was using the following plugins in Flutter to reduce the amount of code I need to write. firebase_core: ^0.5.3 firebase_auth: ^0.18.4 google_sign_in: ^4.5.6 url_launcher: ^5.7.10 cloud_firestore: ^0.14.4 timeago: ^2.0.29 clock: ^1.0.1 contacts_service: ^0.4.6 permission_handler: ^5.0.1 call_log: ^2.1.0 The ones in bold are covered in my previous post. Of the five screens I had in the app, I already covered two screens. The rest … Continue reading “Friends Roster – More Flutter Plugins”

Friends Roster – Flutter Plugins

This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. In this post I will go into a little more details on how I built the screens with the help of Flutter plugins. One of the best features of Flutter is plugins. There are a number of plugins available that do all the heavy lifting for you. For example there are plugins to login to Google account, read contacts from phone, access call logs etc. And using … Continue reading “Friends Roster – Flutter Plugins”

Friends Roster – Basic Design

This is the continuation of how I built the Friend Roster app. If you have missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1, part 2 and part 3. I wanted to build a flutter app that would let me do these basic things Bulk import my friends View my friends list and edit basic details A home screen that will (intelligently) decide which friend to call next I decided to make different screens (pages in web and activities/fragments in android parlance) for each of those three activities and navigate between them using a navigation … Continue reading “Friends Roster – Basic Design”

Two Hundred Posts And Counting

I did not realize but I just completed 200 posts on this blog. That is unbelievable given that I did not have any plans to write for this long. Previously when I blogged (I have two other blogs), I never kept up for these many posts. Those blogs are now abandoned and probably will never see the light of another post. However, for this blog I still have a list of 30 articles that I want to cover in the future. So there is really no dearth of topics. I just need to get myself to work on them. Anyway, … Continue reading “Two Hundred Posts And Counting”

Cleaning Refrigerator Condenser Coils

Recently our refrigerator started to have some interesting problem. The cooling performance was becoming progressively worse by the day. Up until a month ago the weather is quite cool here in Bangalore. So food did not spoil much and we did not notice. But as the weather was warming up we observed the cooling to be not adequate. Eventually milk started to spoil. The place I live is notorious for frequent power-cuts. I wondered if that was to blame. But this never happened before even with a lot of power-cuts. I started debugging the problem and eventually found the cause. … Continue reading “Cleaning Refrigerator Condenser Coils”

Where I Struggled With Flutter

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that it was fun and easy to code in Flutter. But that does not mean there were no difficulties. In this post I will cover a couple of areas where I struggled. The post will go into some technical details regarding Flutter and android development. So if you are not interested in them you might not care much. Feel free to skip. Building the UI I come from android background and building UI is quite different in Flutter. I actually like the way you write code to build the UI in Flutter … Continue reading “Where I Struggled With Flutter”