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Thread: Where should I start

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    Default Where should I start

    Hi guys first I am sorry I am a total noob here and wasn't sure we're to post this.

    I am a fire fighter and when we go out on fires we be gone for weeks sometimes. So I am trying to figure out how to make an android app that I can insert my start time and the incident name.

    Now here is the tricky part when I am out on fire we do 24 hour work cycles so from 7 am to 7 am we get paid so 8 hours of that is straight time and the rest is overtime. Also if I work on my days off I get 24 hours of overtime which is considered red overtime hours due to it being under fire. Once done I would like to go back to station and print it out on a specific form we use.

    Also I have to keep track of my station overtime which is if I am covering for a guy that is sick and I have to work his shift then that is black overtime hours.

    would there be away to have it track ally black hours and my red hours when you first login.

    I know it is a lot but I know

    Thanks Alot

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    Default Re: Where should I start

    It is certainly doable, but you need to consider a few things:
    1. You need to familiarize yourself with the Android API (obviously) and Java (basic java skills is probably all you'll need for this)
    2. Where do you want to "save" your time information? Do you want to save it to your device, save it to some sort of online storage, ect.?
    3. Do you want the program to get the time based on the current time, or do you want to be able to adjust the time (for example, let's say you were on the clock but didn't get around to starting the app until 5-10 minutes later for some reason)?

    Break your problem up into different program flows. For example:
    Primary Flow:
    1. Log in, get time, save time as start time
    2. Log in again, get time, save time as end time (alternatively, you can keep the program running all day and record the time when you close it, but that seems like a waste of phone resources)
    Secondary Flow 1:
    ** Some sort of way to track when you are covering for someone
    Secondary Flow 2:
    ** Some sort of way to print the information (if you want to print to a specific form, that can probably be done, but it will most likely require some creativity. It depends on the form.)

    What you have is a good start. But before you try to do anything, I suggest you hash out in extreme detail specifically what you want to do, how you want to store the data, ect. Also, get a piece of paper and draw out how you want your user interfaces to look. It is easier to sort it out on paper before trying to redesign it in code.

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    Default Re: Where should I start

    What do you have so far? Can you post what you have coded already?

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