November 19, 2019: Version 1.1 of my Back To Now “mindfulness reminders” app for iOS was just released on Apple’s App Store. Since it’s officially a Valley Programming product, you can read more about it on my Back To Now v1.1 support page on ValleyProgramming.com.
It looks like I have notifications working in the iOS version of my Back To Now app, so I’ll be releasing that during this coming week.
If you need a Flutter file logger, I just came up with the following approach, which seems to work well. First, a little background and a few caveats.
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.
My free Back To Now app is now available for iOS and Android devices. For more details, see our blog post on the Valley Programming website.
If you want to create a Dart project, probably the best way to do that currently is to use Stagehand:
Once you install that you can create new Dart command-line applications like this:
// create a command-line application stagehand console-full
However, if you just want to create a little Dart project manually, you can also just follow the steps below:
As a brief note, if you’re developing an Android app with Flutter and then find that the changes you made to your AndroidManifest.xml file aren’t being seen in your app, you’ll probably need to uninstall your dev/test app and completely reinstall it with
flutter run. I just ran into this problem while working with flutter_local_notifications — which requires changes to AndroidManifest.xml to work properly — and uninstalling and reinstalling the app fixed the problem.
Sometimes when I embark on little projects like my Scala file-find command, I think, “This is a waste of time, the existing tools are good enough.” But then, if I’m motivated enough — if I really want something — I think, “But I can use this better tool for the rest of my life...”
I just released the file-find command four days ago, and I use it almost every day while learning Flutter and Dart, so I think it’s going to be well worth it.