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The Art of CalTrac in Material Design

Whew! So the update is out after a few hours of slaving over Photoshop (on my Linux Mint install might I add) and fidgeting with Android’s packaging process. I’m pleased to see that Play Store approved my update pretty much instantly. Anyway, here are the new promotional assets in their full glory. Download the app!

And I did not forget about freedom, check out the source on GitHub.

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CalTrac devblog #2 – Material design, reporting in!

I’m pleased to report that not even a week after posting my first devblog I have enough coming out to release another — I think I’ll be tying them to Play Store updates. I found that working with the sparsely documented KivyMD framework for Material Design compliant widgets was a breeze in how they worked as I’d expect them to.

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The update comes at the same time as I use a new phone, adding to a repertoire of phones I have lying around to do tests. On two of them it seems to be smooth sailing. This is also demanding some new promo art on the play store page to match the material design motif, which will come with the update.

So what about the other stuff you said you were going to, oh so hurried developer? Let’s do a bullet list like last time:

  • The appropriate research information for pregnancy is in place and translating that into code is the next step.
  • I have not had luck in contacting the appropriate UCR professors for diabetics. Still have a big todolist prior to working on that.
  • Localization stuff has code in place but until everything else is checked off it won’t be translated into functionality.

So in keeping with free software this update will go out on to the github repository with appropriate installation instructions at the same time as I submit the Play update. Cheers.

CalTrac devblog – Material design and chronic health problems.

It’s been two months since the caltrac-kivy repo was updated on github and there is good reason why. Namely, having to write this paper in spanish about the project and exams. Well two things have happened since then which are that exams are over (for now) and the CalTrac project has passed into the national stage of the Science and Technology Fair of my country. This leaves a lot of expectations to be met, some of which I did not feel were met in the engineering fair where the project was knocked out of nationals in the regional elimination round. I feel that the amount of research I was able to commit to the regional entry for science & tech fair was much greater than what I had been able to prepare for the engineering competition partially because I had about one week after I blew my two week vacation on the mobile app release to prepare the written materials. One might imagine that jumping platforms, changing interface library and inventing statistics methods might have a lot to write about and it I did not feel it was my best work compared to the science fair entry. Luckily such was recognized at the latter fair and the nationals in early november are my goal now. I will outline my main points going into this:

  • Using KivyMD for a material design compliant UI. Already working on that.
  • Handling diabetics. I am currently in an email conversation with professors from the University of CR on the subject. I feel there is no better standard to implement and present at a national level than the educational and nutritional standards of our constitutional education facility.
  • Pregnant women. This is the same situation as above.
  • This is a thought in my head that I’m probably going to research after posting this: It’s known to people with a grasp on nutrition that a calorie is not a static amount of energy. Whether or not we can provide a proportion to how much one calorie is really worth with an extra input might work.
  • Localization. The code is embedded in my local files and honestly it’s just kinda sleeping until I provide the rest of the features. Everything listed above requires text and, to constantly add onto the localization for every thing I do instead of making sure everything is accounted for at once sounds like less of a mess for my brain to process.

I do expect to be publishing this iteration of the app into a new (again) github repository. Stay tuned for that. I’d like to note that I hope to submit devlogs, vlogs and photos to the ULACIT for their student leadership grant to study software engineering.

CalTrac-kivy branch open for mobile porting

https://github.com/shiburizu/caltrac-kivy

CalTrac is moving to the Kivy platform! On top of a slick modern interface I am targeting android devices for release. Have a look at the commits as I get to work on reinventing the system and adding new features.

Stuff to do:

  • Deleting entries on the current day list
  • Implementing a day tracker system (saving a profile of the day) for averaging intake over months and weeks.
  • Some sort of graph or statistic sheet using Kivy’s graph garden plugins.
  • Material (or flat) UI design.

Kivy Launcher seems to like the project for now, but man do I have to learn mobile design measurements.

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Be sure to watch the repo.