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Mobile restaurant app for EVA on Android

I'm proud to announce the first mobile application for EVA. Late december, I offered to develop an app allowing you to search for restaurants in your neighbourhood, or anywhere in Belgium, serving vegetarian food. After two months of learning and developing, the first version is available on Google Play (aka the Android Market in earlier times) and iTunes. The app is now taken offline.

Besides the java part for the application, I also needed to dive into Joomla, writing my first ever component adding extra administration features in the backend and new dynamic pages on the public website. The look and feel was designed by Koffie Verkeerd. I'm pretty excited with this first release and new features are already planned, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I'm starting (well, rather, learning first) to port the app to iOS, so in case somebody wants to help out, do contact me or EVA so we can make that happen much faster.

The mobile app itself connects with an online database which is managed by the EVA crew, so you are always sure the data is up to date. But that's not all. Features in this first release:

  • Geolocation through Wifi/edge/3G
  • Lot's of criteria to search on: postal code, veggie, etc ..
  • Upload pictures, share or add reviews per restaurant
  • View a google map and ask directions
  • Call directly, send a mail or surf the website
  • Lots of details per restaurant
  • Send in new suggestions

There's a clear social aspect to the site, because all pictures and reviews are also visible on the website. Besides the overview, every restaurant now has its individual page as well, showing all user generated content - if available. Checkout the Komkommertijd page, incidently, my favorite veggie restaurant.

Last, but not least, thanks to Tobias for letting me develop this, Vincent and Pascal for the java reviews and all the first beta testers, your input was invaluable!

3x KA and the pink rabbit

I've lost 360k of chips in less than ten minutes on facebook becoming totally broke now. It ain't real money of course, so no harm done. In fact, I'm rather glad since - somehow - playing online poker every day, even it takes only ten minutes, isn't really *that* interesting - everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course. So you won't be seeing me a lot in the poker room anymore, probably a lot less on facebook in general too since it's, and this is an understatement in my point of view, a fairly big waste of time - again, opinions yadayada.

However, if I tell you that since I've seen pictures of the pink rabbit this week, I'm really planning to visit Colletto Fava somewhere in may or june, why would you believe anything I've said in the first paragraph? Only silence on my profile and postcards will prove my good intentions.

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