october

What do you do for a living?

I went to a local coffee shop and a talkative man behind the counter asked what I do for work. I told him I’m currently writing three books on computer programming, one young adult novel, and a mindfulness app for iOS and Android, in addition to running this website. When you say it out loud it sounds a little crazy, but in the midst of it it’s not a problem, I like bouncing between the projects.

Happy Halloween, 2019 alvin October 31, 2019 - 9:23am

Happy Halloween, 2019, from some folks at Texas A&M University (one of four colleges I spent time at).

(Image from this TAMU LinkedIn page.)

Let it snow? alvin October 29, 2019 - 1:58pm

October 29, 2019: We already have a few inches of snow on the ground, and reports call for another five inches today, with temps in the teens.

The more you are motivated by love ...

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”

~ The Dalai Lama

Flutter Quick Reference

Flutter Quick Reference - book cover

When I started working with Flutter a couple of months ago to develop iOS and Android apps from one code base, I started keeping notes about how to do things with Flutter and Dart (the programming language behind Flutter). These notes became my own personal cheatsheet, and then those notes just kept getting larger, and larger.

From there, I started to create a book I titled “Flutter Quick Reference” based on those notes. Right now this “book” is really just a very large Flutter/Dart cheatsheet, but because some of the content in it can’t be found elsewhere on the internet, I thought I’d share it here. Also, because I don’t know if I’ll ever take the time to finish making this into a real book, I made this first release free.

Back To Now app (iOS and Android releases) alvin October 24, 2019 - 12:33pm

My main project right now (through Valley Programming of Broomfield, Colorado) is porting my Back To Now mindfulness reminder app (formerly named Just Be) to run on both Android and iOS. It’s great to have a toolkit where I can write an app for Android and iOS using one set of code.