Articles by Scott Shie

AerisWeather Android Dev
March 12

Android Oreo Notifications: A Double Stuffed Headache

Oreo might be “Milk’s Favorite Cookie”, but it’s proving to be an Android developer’s least favorite update – at least in terms of the Android Oreo notifications. When the AerisWeather Android team started updating our projects for Android 8.0, it seemed like a typical day at the office. Update Gradle, set our target SDK to 26, resync, rebuild and then fix the stuff that Google broke. In fact, the first round of changes went pretty quickly. Then we noticed the notifications weren’t working on our Oreo test device… The Deception Begins One of the things that makes the Android Oreo...

AerisWeather Android Dev
December 20

Aeris Android SDK v2.2.0 Released

Aeris Android SDK v2.2.0 is now available! SDK v2.2.0 is a feature release providing a couple of new endpoints, some additional data fields, and a new map points layer. From the rolling rivers to the sun and moon in the sky, we’ve got data for everyone with this update! Rivers Endpoint Aeris API provides such a wide variety of information, it can be tough keeping up with the latest additions. One of the newer endpoints available is Rivers. You can use the Rivers endpoint to get access to the latest river and lakes gauge observations. Using NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service...

AerisWeather Android Dev
October 2

Aeris Android SDK v2.1.1 Released

Aeris Android SDK v2.1.1 is now available. SDK v2.1.1 updates dependencies and provides several minor bug fixes. We will highlight some of these changes, through review the release history for the complete list. Wildfire Incident Management Teams Within the AerisWeather Fires endpoint, there is a little data field named imtType. This field tells us which type of Incident Management Team is dealing with each wildfire. With a typical wildfire (if there is such a thing), the imtType field is often unused. The API will return null for an unknown imtType. But as wildfires grow in size and intensity, the management efforts...

AerisWeather Android Dev
August 29

Aeris Android SDK v2.1.0 Released!

The latest release of our Aeris Android SDK is now available! SDK v2.1.0 focuses on improved usability and stability, while also adding a few new goodies to the Aeris Android development camp. Read on for a rundown of the changes… Support for Bleeding Edge AMP Layers The Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) team has a pretty cool gig. After all, what weather geek wouldn’t love generating exciting visual representations of the conditions all around us every day!? They do a great job, and their enthusiasm for their craft sometimes causes them to pump out new map layers faster than us SDK...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
April 26

Aeris Android SDK v2.0 Has Arrived!

Pretty much any time we hear someone say “version 2.0”, it conjures up images of things all shiny and new, with the promise of improvement and innovation around every corner. This milestone release of Aeris Android SDK v2.0 is no different, bringing with it a full arsenal of Aeris API endpoints, AMP map layers, a improved permissions set and updated dependencies. It’s everything you need to create the next groundbreaking Android weather app!   Version 2.0 At a Glance While the development team toiled away on version 2.0 of the SDK, we posted a few betas to get some early feedback on...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
March 22

Aeris Android SDK v2 Beta 3 – It’s All About the Maps

We’re happy to announce the arrival of the Aeris Android SDK, Beta 3! So as you might have gleaned from the title, this beta is all about maps. With this update, we concentrated on improved integration of our Aeris Maps Platform (AMP). For an example of the map updates, check out the Demo app. It provides examples of the variety of the available layers and modifier options. You’ll also notice that there is now support for setting the Google base map type to “none”. As a result, you can choose whether you want the standard Google base layers or AMP’s...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
December 21

The Aeris Android SDK v2 Beta is Here!

Just in time for your holiday coding free time, our Aeris Android Development team has pushed a beta release of the much anticipated Aeris Android SDK v2 beta update!  (We knew you were worried about not having anything fun to work on between Christmas and New Years…) Why Bother with a Beta? The SDK v2 Beta release is a preview update to allow developer access to the features and changes made thus far. Our hope is that by allowing early access to the major breaking changes, we can make your transition to v2 less daunting. After all, horribly complex version...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
May 6

Aeris Android SDK v1.2 Released

An update to the Aeris Android SDK is now available with an new map library! AMP’d Up This update to the AASDK is the beginning of some exciting changes for the cartographers amongst our ranks. The Aeris Android Map library now uses our very own Aeris Map Platform (AMP) for the weather data visualization in our apps! This first wave of AMP integration is focused on upgrading the existing legacy Aeris Overlays to AMP and pave the way for the additional layers available within our new map platform. In future updates of the SDK we will be adding new map...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
January 15

Aeris Android Alpo – Eating Our Own Dogfood

The term “Eating Your Own Dogfood” or “Dogfooding”, has spread throughout the tech industry in the past 20 years.  Back on the farm we used a slightly different way to say the same thing (something about dogs and where they sleep) but it all means basically the same thing: it’s the idea of using the products we make to ensure that things actually work the way we say they do.  The Aeris Android development project recently gave me a “no thank you bite” of my own. Dinner is Served http://deviq.com When I sat down to pen the developer’s blog this week,...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
November 24

Google Android and The Mystery of the Duplicate Icon

While recently working in the luxurious upstairs loft that is home to the Aeris Weather software development team, I ran into an issue that had me stumped for a bit.  Thank goodness for Google and Stack Overflow, but even with the help of our Android benefactor and the developer’s crisis hotline we know as SO, it took me a little digging to find all the pieces of the puzzle.  So this episode of our Aeris developer’s blog is devoted to all of you Android devs who are searching for an answer to “The Mystery of the Duplicate Icon”. With The Best...