I'm a web-loving, webapp maker kinda guy. Here are a few things I have created for my employers, my freelancing projects and my own personal projects

Posts tagged ‘personal project’

My new Fitbit Ionic watchface

When Fitbit purchased Pebble in early 2017, I had a feeling it was to woo pebble developers to a potentially new Fitbit smartwatch. I worked with me. I bought the new smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic, on the first day of its retail release.

In my spare time, I play around with the Fitbit SDK to create apps and watchfaces for the Ionic. The Fitbit SDK is based on Javascript and SVG. Although there are some limitations to the hardware and SDK, it’s been fun to play around with creating new watchfaces. Above is one of the watchfaces I created.

A Webscraping WordPress Plugin

I wanted to create a sports-related website with a custom-made WordPress plugin and show game schedules for my timezone.  So, I created Gamewinner.tv .  It is a fully automated sports streaming website showing live streaming games ranging from football games to soccer games to even Ultimate Frisbee games.

I coded the WordPress plugin used in the website to automatically scrape other websites for streaming links and game schedules. I also added Javascript code to dynamically display the correct game start times based on the end user’s timezone. 

What helps is there are niche sport leagues hoping to get more exposure through streaming their games live for free.  If you’re looking to watch athletes dive for a frisbee, this website is your you!

UPDATE (2017): planning to sell this site

Drupal CMS Websites

I have experience in WordPress and thought I add some experience in another Content Management System – Drupal.

Drupal doesn’t have as many plugins as WordPress, but Drupal was easier to port to other web accounts.  And the Drupal admin dashboard was also a bit more intuitive.

I created several Drupal websites for my own personal knowledge.  With my love of sports, I created a website of an NFL quarterback,  http://www.MarcusMariotaMania.com

 
UPDATE(2016): I have stopped renewing the MarcusMariotaMania.com domain name.

Animated Live Wallpaper for your Android phone

Here’s a Live Wallpaper for your Android smartphone. It’s an animated video of the Bellagio water fountains in Las Vegas. The video runs in the background on your phone’s home screen.

The video used for the live wallpaper was taken by myself with my Canon DSLR. Then edited in Apple’s iMovie.

Get the wallpaper here,
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anthonyhoang.bellagiohotellasvegaslwp

My Toddler Can Learn Names

My Child Can Learn Names

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VIEW DEMO (source code – Javascript DOM animations and movements)

I have been buying a lot of apps from the AppStore and Google Play Market for my young son. Then I thought, “Hey, why don’t I make my own app?!”

In my spare time, I developed an app to teach my 2-year old son the names of his family members and favorite cartoon characters.

There are apps to teach your toddler animal names, colors, shapes, vehicles… but what about apps to teach your toddler the names of friends and loved ones? This app can teach your toddler the names of his/her family and friends in a fun and easy to play game.

Download the game from Google Play or Play the game online

This educational game was created using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Javascript and a plugin to stretch images.

The Jeremy Lin Video Game for your phone, tablet and desktop!


It’s been awhile since I posted something I’ve done. I’ve been doing amazing things at Apple Inc, which has kept me busy. Awhile back, I did begin a project to help me learn all of HTML5 features. I decided to make a Jeremy Lin app that incorporates all of the new and cool HTML5 features. I also wanted this app/website to be responsive. This app should work and look nice on all devices – desktop, smartphone, tablet. Here is my excerpt from the Google Play store,

This is the Jeremy Lin Linsanity Video Game. You decide which play to make and watch your stats increase. Watch hundreds with highlight clips of Jeremy Lin’s NBA career. This app also includes Jeremy Lin’s twitter feed, real-time stats, youtube highlight clips, the Houston Rocket’s schedule, fan photos, news, biography, etc.

Play the Jeremy Lin video game from your desktop, smartphone, or tablet here

Download the Jeremy Lin video game from the Google Play store

List of technologies used in this App
jQuery Mobile – the framework to lay out the pages and dialog box
CSS3 – renders the elements to fit into the various devices
HTML5 Video – no plugins required to view the Jeremy Lin videos and is supported on most platforms with the latest browsers
jPlayerPlaylist – a playlist plugin to watch html 5 videos
Canvas – plots the shots taken by Lin onto the basketball court
Localstorage – keeps track of the player’s stats and saves the stats even after the browser is closed
jQueryTweet plugin – displays the twitter feed from Jeremy Lin’s twitter page
Google News – rss feed of the latest news on Jeremy Lin
jQueryWowSlider – plugin to display the sliding images of JLin fans.
Youtube – video site to watch JLin videos

My Phở app is now available for all mobile devices

Everything you need for the delicious Vietnamese noodle soup, Phở, is in this app.   Quickly get a list of all the Pho restaurants near you and plot them all on a map. Or enter in a city name to get all the Pho places in that city. Also included is a recipe to make your own Pho. View the photo gallery of all the Pho toppings you usually get in a restaurant – brisket, steak, fatty brisket, tai, chin, gau, pho ga, etc.  Finally, an app my parents would use.

For Google Android users, download the app in the Google Play store here and install for free,

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anthonyhoang.phoapp

For Apple iPhone users, use the Safari browser to access the web app here,

http://ahhdesig.w01.wh-2.com/PhoApp/

This app was developed using Sencha Touch 2.0.   Sencha Touch 2.0 is a javascript framework using HTML5/javascript technologies.  The data is taken from Yelp’s Webservice API.  I added Google’s geolocation APIs to plot the restaurants on the map.  The images for the Pho toppings were taken with my Canon t2i and photoshopped by me.

update: There are some pros and cons to using Sencha Touch over other mobile-specific frameworks like jQueryMobile.  I’m currently working on another smartphone app using jQuery Mobile and will have it available soon.

My mobile app on the iPhone, iPad, Chrome, Android, Safari.

Task list mobile app on the iPhone, iPad, Safari, Chrome.

Realization is ready to enter the smart phone app world.  Luckily, I’ve been experimenting with it for a while already.  The company now needs to put the task list module of our web-based project management application on the all smartphone devices; iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberries, etc.

To get this started, I created a working prototype of our task list with Sencha Touch. Sencha Touch is an HTML5 framework, which makes it possible to use the same code to work on all mobile devices with a webkit browser. This prototype works on the iPhone, iPad, Google Chrome, Android and Safari. The app looks and feels more like a native app than a mobile website.

This app accesses a webservice API.  I created the webservice API with ASP.Net (asmx file). The webservice returns data in json format and then takes this json data and puts the it in a store to display the list.

*update: I see great potential using Sencha Touch as the programming framework of choice when creating mobile apps for all the mobile devices.

My app game works on my Android and iPad!!!

Find the Differences game for smartphone devices

I’m ecstatic to announce my mobile app game works on both my Android and my iPad!!! It’s a somewhat educational “Find the Differences” game.  Spot all the differences between the two photos before time runs out, in this case – before the crab bites the mermaid, and you’ll get a brief summary, fun facts and tourist information about the beach displayed.  This is the “Beaches” edition with photographs of various beaches over the United States.

I developed my game using Flash with Actionscript code. Using the exact same code, I’m able to make the same app work on both Google Android devices and iOS devices. To do this, there were some changes required to the dimension of the app and images but the Actionscript code remains the same. I snapped all the beach photos myself with a Canon t2i camera and used photoshop to created the differences in the images.

Free Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.FindDifferencesBeaches

*update: As of Jul 2013, there has been 70,000+ downloads of my game from the Android Market.

Watch out! I can turn you into a cartoon character!

Creating cartoon characters isn’t as simple as some may think. I’ve recently been interested and picked up some skills in creating a cartoon image from a real photograph.  Let me tell you, it is very involved and time-consuming.  This is a cartoon image is one that involved a 25-step process which took 3 hours to complete. I crafted the image using Adobe Photoshop – shows how powerful Photoshop can be.

Baseball.net 2K2, multi-player online game, coded in Java!

Baseball.net 2K2

My love of sports motivated me to make the first multi-player online baseball game. It was an ambitious dream but a good way to learn and master Java. Although the user had to install a Java Applet Player, this game – in theory – could be played on any platform.

This game is a multi-threaded game with several panels on the main screen. The main screen has the game action; the pitcher vs batter. The game uses real MLB player names and statistics. The other panels includes real-time, play-by-play, current game stats of batters and pitchers. An additional panel for the chat session is available when playing online against another player.

A user has the option to play with game with the mouse or the keyboard. Two players can play at the same time using the same keyboard. However, playing against another player online was deemed difficult as the latency time to transfer the actions of one player to another player over an internet connection was too slow for a fast-paced action game. The most difficult aspect of coding this game was displaying the baseball’s projection (curves and bounces). A lot of math equations were used. 😉

Not your ordinary Tic-Tac-Toe…

-splash screen only-

When I was a child, my dad would draw a grid with many squares and tell me to write an “X” in one of the squares. He taught me to play Tic-Tac-Toe for “advanced players”. Instead of having to get 3-in-a-row to win, I had to get 5-in-a-row to take the game. I enjoyed this version of 5-in-a-row Tic-Tac-Toe so much, I decided to make an online version for multi-player gaming.

The game is built on the Adobe Flash technology, specifically with the Lingo programming language. My online version supports two-player modes with a chat feature for players to converse while playing. The game requires a dedicated web server to handle incoming and outgoing requests for online gaming between two players.

*update: My dedicated Shockwave Flash game server has been taken offline.  I moved and no longer use a static ip address for my home web server.  Someday, I will reboot this game in a more modern platform… maybe Facebook?

My first e-Commerce site! Buy your Metabolife now!

my first e-Commerce and ASP site!

A high school buddy and I decided to dabble in eCommerce. He is somewhat a medical expert and I am somewhat a technical expert so I took on the task of creating an eCommerce website for us. Our website allows consumers to buy Metabolife and other supplements through an online store.

This was my first time using ASP to create an entire website. With ASP I was able to construct a shopping cart feature and use SQL to store our orders in a database. The orders are processed through a 3rd party merchant. 

We launched the website a couple weeks after my college graduation and called it SynergyCommerce.

*update: SynergyCommerce was short-lived but was great for my continuing self-education.