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#AndroidDevJourney highlight – January version

Posted by Luli Perkins, Developer Relations Program Supervisor

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We kicked off the #AndroidDevJourney to provide members of our neighborhood the chance to share their tales by means of our social platforms. Every Saturday from January by means of June we’ll characteristic a brand new developer on our Twitter account. Now we have obtained an amazing variety of inspirational tales and hope you get pleasure from studying by means of those we’ve chosen under.

For an opportunity to be featured in our February highlight sequence, tweet us your story utilizing #AndroidDevJourney.

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Niharika Arora

Inform me about your journey in turning into an Android Developer and the way you bought began.

My journey began within the area of Android after I was in my 4th yr of undergrad research. I bought an internship in a startup named GreenAppleSolutions. There I bought an opportunity to work on an Android mission from scratch and by chance my first mission went reside on the Play Retailer. Throughout this complete internship, I discovered Android so attention-grabbing as a result of all the pieces you code, you possibly can see the outcomes reside in entrance of you in your machine. I began loving Android and determined to take Android as my profession path.

What’s one shortcut, tip, or hack you possibly can’t reside with out?

I’m an enormous fan of Android Lint, which has saved me many instances from manually discovering deprecated calls/APIs. It has additionally helped me in following one of the best practices and making my code extra optimized, safe, and extremely performant.

What is the one piece of recommendation you would like somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

Truly, there are two,

  • Clearing a small doubt is equally as necessary even should you suppose that may be a silly one. Ask as many queries as you possibly can until the time you’re glad with the reply.
  • Studying tutorials is good, however begin exploring the documentations in depth. Initially, it’d look an excessive amount of to begin with, however it should construct you as much as be a great developer in the long term.
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Walmyr Carvalho

Inform me about your journey in turning into an Android Developer and the way you bought began.

Humorous factor! I began working with cell on iOS, in 2010, however then in 2011 my school last mission was an app for civil building and no one on the staff had a Mac, so we did it for Android (We bought a ten, btw!)! At the moment I used to be educating know-how to some authorities individuals and wasn’t into coding that a lot, however then after mission in 2011 I bought my first job as Junior Android Developer and it bought me so hooked on the platform that I couldn’t depart!

I used to be capable of work with Java on Eclipse + ADT, Holo, ActionBarSherlock, the beginnings of Materials Design and was attending Google I/O ’13 when Google introduced Android Studio, which was a really humbling however insightful expertise to me, not solely due to the training but in addition the individuals I met that helped me so much as effectively!

Since then, I’ve been working with cell and, principally, with Android for greater than 10 years now, serving to loads of Brazilian tech firms and unicorns with their Android tasks and since 2016 I’m one of many Google Developer Experts for Android round right here.

Additionally, I really like growth and design communities, so I attempt to be concerned with that as a lot as I can. I’m a former organizer of GDG São Paulo and the creator and organizer of Kotlin Meetup São Paulo and Android Dev BR – the largest brazilian/lusophone Android neighborhood on the earth, with greater than 7.500 members!

Lastly, I’m additionally concerned with the nationwide startup neighborhood, as a mentor for ACE Startups and Google For Startups Accelerator packages in Brazil.

What’s one Android growth shortcut, tip, or hack you possibly can’t reside with out?


There’s a easy however highly effective shortcut on Android Studio that I take advantage of so much, which is the multi-cursor incidence choice, which will be achieved utilizing Ctrl + G (macOS) / Alt + J (Home windows + Linux) for incremental occurrences choice and/or Ctrl + Cmd + G / Shift + Ctrl + Alt + J to pick out all occurrences as soon as. Appears foolish, however this shortcut helps me a lot to get occurring my code, particularly in relation to refactoring. I take advantage of it on a regular basis!

What is the one piece of recommendation you would like somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

I feel I’d resume my recommendation in two phrases: study and share.

Study as a lot as you possibly can, not solely with the wonderful content material accessible on official documentation, and from the neighborhood, but in addition study from your individual errors by means of constant apply. There’s loads of content material accessible free of charge on the web, and in addition each Google and GDEs (Google Developer Specialists) like me can get you going, so maintain practising and get your data on-line!

And when you study, share with different individuals! If I’m the place I’m in the present day is as a result of I used to be capable of share what I couldn’t discover after I was studying, so please, share your data! The Android neighborhood is wonderful and tremendous useful, you possibly can attain actually the creators of the APIs and libraries you utilize on Twitter, Reddit and lots of different locations. Write an article, file a podcast or a video, there are various codecs that you might use.

The web is such a strong instrument for studying and sharing and I actually advocate you to try this there, and I’m undoubtedly right here to assist if wanted! 🙂

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Nate Washington

Inform me about your journey in turning into an Android Developer and the way you bought began.

I turned an Android developer in 2015, whereas engaged on my first enterprise thought. I couldn’t afford to return to high school, so I made a decision to attempt my hand at beginning a enterprise as a substitute. I launched an internet utility, however my prospects insisted on having a local app for his or her wants as effectively. I initially appeared for somebody with extra expertise, however finally determined to simply train myself easy methods to construct an Android app. Quick ahead to 2017, and my cofounder Christian and I launched the Android app for our firm, Qoins, on the Google Play Retailer. Since then, we’ve served tens of 1000’s of Android prospects and raised just a few rounds of funding.

What’s one Android growth shortcut, tip, or hack you possibly can’t reside with out?

With the ability to take a look at my Android builds on digital units is a lifesaver. There are loads of completely different situations to account for when constructing Android apps for 1000’s of various units. Instruments resembling Firebase Check Labs, in addition to different digital machine companies enable me to create particular situations for hands-on testing that I can’t obtain with the bodily Android units that I personal.

What is the one piece of recommendation you would like somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

Making errors is OK; it is all a part of the method.

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Yuki Anzai

Inform me about your journey in turning into an Android Developer and the way you bought began.

My journey started after I bought my very first Android machine, the HTC Magic, at Google Developer Day 2009. At the moment, I used to be a university scholar and writing my private utility with JavaFX, so I had expertise and familiarity with Java. Then I quickly began to port my app to Android. After commencement I labored at a software program firm and needed to develop Android apps as my job. However there appeared no alternative at that firm. So I created my very own small firm that’s the company to develop Android apps.

What’s one Android growth shortcut, tip, or hack you possibly can’t reside with out?

There are numerous. If I needed to choose one, it will be Android Studio. I at all times recognize the awesomeness of Android Studio as a result of I began Android app growth with Eclipse. (Additionally I am unable to reside with out Kotlin, RecyclerView, ConstraintLayout …)

The shortcut of Android Studio that I am unable to reside with out is Command + B (Declaration or Usages. This permits us to leap between the declaration and usages. It’s extremely helpful to learn supply codes together with Android platform and libraries codes.

What is the one piece of recommendation you would like somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

Learn official paperwork. Learn supply codes of platform, libraries that you simply use. One of many methods to speed up studying is to create an app by means of first to finish (till launch to the market).

Do not depend on libraries an excessive amount of particularly that have an effect on the entire construction of your app. Your app may reside longer than libraries.

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Madona Syombua

Inform me about your journey in turning into an Android Developer and the way you bought began.

My Android Journey began again in early 2014; earlier than that, I labored as a junior Java developer for a small agency constructing stock methods. Nevertheless, that didn’t curiosity me, and I stored in search of one thing nice to do with my Java data. I purchased my first cellphone, a Nokia, and noticed apps within the cellphone and questioned how they made these apps. I researched and realized that apps have been truly written in Java, and that is how my journey started.

I recall constructing my first utility, Easy Math, with solely actions since fragments weren’t there; what an enchancment we have had through the years. Easy Math had 500 downloads with a 4.5 ranking, and this actually motivated me to construct extra purposes. I later gained the Develop With Google Scholarship (2018), which boosted my profession. Throughout this one-year scholarship, I launched my second utility, Budgeting Buddy, on the Google Play Retailer and has a 4.5 ranking with over 5 thousand downloads. I at the moment work for Streem as an Android Engineer, and I certainly love how far Android has come and the way the know-how and upkeep have improved through the years. Particularly the Emulator.

What’s one Android growth shortcut, tip, or hack you possibly can’t reside with out.

A shortcut I am unable to reside with out is [options + Command + L ] and [Options + Command + O]; this actually helps me throughout my pull request course of. A tremendous hack that I’ve realized to understand is the git native historical past possibility, WOW lifesaver. Typically you may neglect what you had modified, however this hack at all times saves my life.

What is the one piece of recommendation you would like somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

Truly, after I transitioned into cell utterly, I felt the training curve was one thing I must accommodate In my life, which has actually helped me so much. All the time staying in entrance of the sport by at all times studying what’s new, what’s being advisable, and why it’s wanted. As an example, having Room was an incredible development, now dagger Hilt, and lots of extra. So if I can flip this round and advise new builders, be able to study and you’ll get pleasure from Android Improvement.


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