Students write photo app for US-based pharmacy

Posted on October 24, 2012

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University of Waikato students have created an Android app that allows customers of US-based pharmacy Walgreens to print photos
By Computerworld Staff | Auckland | Wednesday, 24 October, 2012
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The jump from a picture on your phone to a photo in your hands has been made just a little simpler thanks to engineering students at the University of Waikato.

Printicular is an Android app which lets customers of US-based pharmacy Walgreens print photos from their phones or Facebook at their nearest store.

Waikato students Mark Feaver, Jeremy Roundbill, Yoni Villamor, and Simon Campbell developed the app as a component of their software engineering Comp 314 paper.

The third-year students developed the app over three months, and connected it to Walgreens using a provided API.

Feaver says the experience gained from this is already helping him in his career.

“When you’re a second year student, you’re used to being fed the specs, but with this paper you deal directly with the client,” says Feaver.

“It was a huge learning curve, but when I’ve gone for job interviews most employers are very impressed with the project.”

Course lecturer David Streader says papers like this give students a real-world experience in developing for clients – which includes communication, planning, and managing budgets.

“It’s a win-win for clients and students alike,” says Streader.

“The client can check out the talent graduating from the university, and for some students it’s the first time they’ve had to develop their soft skills – which are so sought after in the IT sector.”

Waikato-based mobile app shop and investment group MEA Mobile provided technical guidance and business support for the students, and acted as the go-between with Walgreens.

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