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Mon, 29 Apr 2019

Database Android app

So 7, almost 8 years ago I released my second Android app, which was able to load Microsoft Access databases on Android. The first release was four days from idea to release. I improved it over time, and then stopped working on it once people seemed happy enough. Eventually it got a real competitor or two, and I left the field to them, unpublishing the, by then, out of date app.

Well as I noted two days ago, after 7, almost 8 years, I got past my second major hurdle in my spreadsheet app that I have been working on, on and off, for over seven years. But there is a lot of work to be done, and I may have bitten off more than I can chew, especially since I am doing this solo, and am busy with other things as well. I would need to put in more features before I thought of releasing my spreadsheet app on Google Play.

The spreadsheet framework I did is one that works well not just for a spreadsheet app, but for an Android database app too. My spreadsheet framework fixes many problems people had complained about with the old database app I had done, like ability to scroll.

There are some good Android spreadsheets around (although there are not many Android spreadsheet apps despite their popularity - probably due to the complexity of making an Android spreadsheet), which have a number of good features which my spreadsheet app does not.

However, for my new updated database app, which now uses my spreadsheet framework, even at this early stage, there are only about two real competitors. My updated database app is already at a stage where it is competitive with them. I have features their apps do not have, and they have some features my app does not have. I will be working to improve the app.

The database app makes a good test of the spreadsheet framework. That is the main reason for the database app release - to put it the spreadsheet framework out there and have real users bang on it and see if any problems develop that needs to be fixed, see if they make suggestions and so forth. Best to implement fixes and features in response to real world usage.

The app can be found on Google Play.

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