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App Development: Overcoming Writers Block

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Writers block - the curse of no longer being able to produce creative content. It's affected writers for years, but is also a very common problem for app developers. When it comes to app development, what can we do about it?

The causes for app writers block are mostly similar to traditional writers block, for example:

Running out of inspirationIllness (physical or mental)Financial pressuresSense of failure (see the depressing side of app development) Since these are already known problems traditional strategies for overcoming them can also be applied.
Cut off the Internet! Is procrastination your problem - too many notifications or fun things to look at elsewhere? It's amazing how productive you can be if you turn off the internet for 30 minutes - a kick start is all you need. Exercise. You may not be doing any app development because you feel lethargic - exercise can help this and make you feel more alert. Brainstorm ideas. Get a bit of paper, and write down mind maps or random…

How to: Install Gradle on Windows

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Step 1: Download the latest version of Gradle from the official site.

Step 2: Extract the contents into a folder e.g. "C:\gradle-2.3".

Step 3: Open up the environment variables window. To do this:


Right click on your computer and click "Manage"Click "Advanced System Settings"Click "Environment Variables" Step 4: Add new System Variable (or user variable if you only want it on your user account).


Step 5: Click New and enter Environment Variable as "GRADLE_HOME" and value as the bin directory of your Gradle installation path from step 2 e.g. "C:\gradle-2.3\bin". Press OK. 
Step 6: Find the "Path" variable and press Edit. Scroll to the end of the text and add the text "%GRADLE_HOME%". Remember to separate from previous entry with a semi-colon ";". 
Step 6: Press OK to exit the environment variable window and advanced system settings. 
Step 7: Open up a command prompt window. (press windows button and…