#AndroidDevJourney highlight – March version

Posted by Luli Perkins, Developer Relations Program Supervisor

Android Dev Journey

For the March version of #AndroidDevJourney, we’re highlighting Android builders from everywhere in the world with many alternative experiences. Early this yr, we launched the #AndroidDevJourney sequence to focus on our group on our social media accounts. Every Saturday, from January by means of June, we’ll function a brand new developer on our Twitter account.

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

wajahat Karim

Wajahat Karim

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

Because the age of 14, I used to be very excited by animations and graphic design. I used to observe commercial animations or cricket match animations of participant profiles on TV and marvel how I might create these. Later that yr, when my sister bought our residence’s first PC, I began studying Microsoft Paint and later Adobe Flash. I labored on Flash for about 11 years all through highschool, College, and my first three jobs in sport improvement.

Recreation improvement was and has been my old flame in laptop science. However, Android grew to become one thing particular for me. It was NOT love-at-first sight as a result of I hated Android after I first discovered about it. I nonetheless do not know why. Coming from a poor household background, I bought a fully-funded scholarship by means of Prime Minister ICT R&D Scholarship Program and enrolled in Nationwide College of Engineering & Expertise (NUST), SEECS Islamabad campus.

In my third semester, Android was at 2.2 Froyo. An organization organized a workshop at our campus which was attended by high-level tech of us like CTOs, software program architects, and lead engineers. College administration determined to ship three college students to attend that workshop and I used to be fortunate sufficient to be one in every of them. In easy phrases, the entire 3-days workshop was over my head. I used to be a beginner in C++ programming and did not know something about Java. And right here I used to be making an attempt to study high-level Android.

After the workshop, I made a decision that Android was not for me. Nevertheless, the college introduced an open programming competitors for any expertise. However they gave additional factors for Android submissions. This was my calling. In greed of these additional factors, I took up the problem. I borrowed the one Android e book “Howdy Android” from my trainer, Sir Shamyl bin Mansoor, and tried to study as a lot as I might. Someway, I managed to submit my first Android app which I showcased on a borrowed laptop computer with a really gradual emulator of Android 2.2. To my shock, I gained it and bought Rs. 100,000 prize cash. Very first thing I purchased was an Android telephone and my journey began.

I began writing about it in a WordPress weblog, organized workshops in several universities, made my last yr challenge a 3D sport in Adobe Flash, and AIR deployed on a Samsung Galaxy 10 pill which had a brand new Android 4 Holo theme and the nice Fragments.

After commencement, I bought a chance from PacktPub (a e book publishing firm) to write down a full e book on Android. This was the perfect achievement I ever obtained. I managed to co-author two worldwide printed 300+ web page books (Studying Android Intents & Mastering Android Recreation Improvement) on Android within the following two years.

Having about seven years trade hands-on expertise in Android improvement, I spend a variety of time on writing and sharing my information with the group. I principally write on my website and on Medium. Moreover writing, I’ve been lively in open supply and have created some Android libraries like EasyFlipView, Room Explorer, and so forth.

In 2017, I began doing public talking once more. At first, it was just a little robust to handle time whereas working a full-time job and freelance contracts, but it surely was price it. I bought an increasing number of lively in talking and gave talks at occasions like Google IO Prolonged Karachi & Hyderabad in 2018 and 2019, DevFest 2019 Karachi, Pakistan’s first DSC Summit, Kotlin In every single place 2019, and different native occasions.

From these occasions, Sami Kizilbash observed me and nominated me for turning into a Google Builders Skilled. It was a tricky time due to a critical medical scenario with my father at the moment, however a yr later in February 2020 I grew to become Pakistan’s first Google Builders Skilled in Android. I by no means thought that I’d be a GDE in a discipline like Android. It’s a large honor and achievement for me, together with a sense of duty to assist the group in a greater manner now. Android improvement has been my life gas, profession, introduced bread for me and my household and happiness in creating and delivering greater than 100 apps. With greater than 2.5 billion Android gadgets right this moment, this is a wonderful profession selection with excessive progress and potential for upcoming college students and builders.

My GDE journey has been a incredible one. I’ve loved each second of it, all of the love I bought from Google and fellow GDEs – together with Joe Birch who truly impressed me to grow to be GDE, Hasan Abid, Saurabh Arora, and Juhani Lehtimaki, and Saad Hamid who additionally helped me by means of the method. In all of the chaos of 2020, it was a really talkative yr for me, as I did 25+ on-line talks on Jetpack Compose animations ideas.

What’s one shortcut, tip, or hack you’ll be able to’t reside with out?

I merely love how Mnemonic Bookmarks make code navigation a lot quicker and simpler. When you find yourself engaged on a big codebase, it turns into more durable to recollect which methodology was the place and what was occurring in one other Fragment. Merely, press Ctrl + F11 and select any quantity or character, to illustrate 1. Now, whenever you press Ctrl + 1, Android Studio will carry you again on that precise line.

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

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The Pc Science and Data Expertise trade is altering and updating minute by minute. It doesn’t matter what stage of your profession you might be at, it’s a must to continue to learn and updating your skillset. Android is transferring at lightspeed, with alpha beta releases rolling out frequently. So, it has grow to be more durable to catch up and study. So, get a Twitter account, and comply with the parents of #AndroidDev and you can be amazed how pleasant the Twitter developer group is. You’ll study new issues each single day whereas scrolling the Twitter feed. And most significantly, remember to present again to the group. It might be by means of retweeting, or sharing your individual code snippets, or writing articles, creating movies, or giving talks. In the long run, you will notice the extra you give to the group, the extra you acquire again. So, it is all price it.

Himanushu Snigh

Himanshu Singh

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

My journey began from my faculty days. I bought chosen as an Utilized CS facilitator for Android by Google in my second yr of college. Due to this, I needed to take classes and assist college students full a set of duties as a part of Bootcamp. In my faculty days I used to be not excellent at Android, so when the chance got here I took it upon myself to achieve some information of Android after which assist folks with their duties. Studying to construct apps that might be utilized by lots of people helped me select Android as a profession. And that’s how my journey to grow to be an Android developer began.

What’s one shortcut, tip, or hack you’ll be able to’t reside with out?

I like to make use of the Macro shortcut in Android Studio.

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

As a newbie in any area, not simply Android, please preserve asking questions on learn how to enhance and study from folks locally. A few of them may not reply your queries however a handful of them would possibly. And on this manner, you’ll be able to study and develop from their expertise and when the time is correct, you would possibly be capable to assist somebody within the coming future. That is the important thing to success!

Oluwasegun Famisa

Oluwasegun Famisa

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

My journey in turning into an Android Developer began in 2010, my second yr of college after I had the chance to take part in a program referred to as “Entrepreneurial Programming and Research on Mobiles” (EPROM). It was a collaboration between MIT and Nokia, and my college was one of many campuses that ran this system. I didn’t research laptop science, so this system was my first publicity to software program improvement. I discovered learn how to construct J2ME apps and bought publicity to completely different cellular applied sciences on the time.

Shortly after this system, I bought a work-study alternative at iQube Labs, the place my mentor – James Fowe, who was constructing a cellular developer group in Nigeria – despatched me a bunch of sources and duties for me to discover ways to construct Android apps. The Android OS round 2010 was Android Froyo and that was the working system on which I ran my “Howdy world” on Android. Throughout the subsequent yr, I discovered myself constructing precise apps on Android Gingerbread.

I’ve since labored as an Android Developer in several firms starting from small to mid-sized startups with tens of millions of customers, to publicly traded firms, all throughout many nations. I’ve had the chance of working with very good of us which have contributed to my progress and studying.

My journey isn’t full with out speaking in regards to the developer group. I contemplate myself a product of the group and that’s why I attempt to give again from time to time when I’ve the chance.

I began getting concerned within the developer group at my college – by means of numerous pupil teams, together with my native GDG group then co-organized by Moyinoluwa Adeyemi (an Android GDE). I attended meetups and took part in developer challenges and hackathons.


Changing into a GDE for Android is a profession milestone I by no means noticed coming. It began in 2016 when John Kimani (Google DevRel supervisor for SSA) toured my workplace and we bumped into one another on the door. I wasn’t ready sufficient to grow to be a GDE the primary time my profile was reviewed, however with suggestions, steerage, mentorship and onerous work, I grew to become an Android GDE in 2018.

I’m grateful to have had the chance to journey to so many nations world wide and meet members of the worldwide Android Developer group. I’ve additionally given talks at conferences and meetups; together with DevFests, Droidcon (Nairobi, Dubai, Berlin, Boston), and 360AnDev, to say a couple of, about matters I take pleasure in – Kotlin, Design Methods, Jetpack Compose, and Developer Productiveness Engineering.

What’s one shortcut, tip, or hack you’ll be able to’t reside with out?

That’s such a tricky one, however I’ll say my favorite AndroidDev tip proper now’s: use the Android code search instrument – https://cs.android.com – and Android API documentation as usually as doable. (See additionally: https://androidsrc.dev/)

The 2 sources have helped me in answering the “why is that this not working” query and understanding what’s occurring underneath the hood. Plenty of occasions, I want to essentially perceive what the Framework operate I’m calling does, and the reply is sort of at all times within the documentation or within the supply code.

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

I’ll give two for the worth of 1:

  1. Construction and consistency are necessary when studying. One can’t probably know every part, however one can strive with sufficient of those two elements. Structured studying is turning into an increasing number of accessible today than it was, so one ought to benefit from it, persistently – by means of codelabs, or programs and the likes.
  2. Get used to studying official documentations and official supply codes. This can be a precious and transferable talent whatever the expertise one works with, so I’d advise to not shrink back from it.

Karolina Pawlikowska

Karolina Pawlikowska

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

From a younger age, I’ve at all times liked science fiction books and flicks – I at all times had a intestine feeling that no matter profession path I went down, it will have one thing to do with computer systems. Programming rapidly grew to become my favorite artistic outlet – it began with creating web sites and apps after I was 11, primarily as a option to improve my different passions corresponding to drawing and making puzzles for my mates.

I bought my first Android telephone after I was in highschool and instantly knew it will open an entire new world of alternatives for me, so I picked up a couple of books and located a couple of on-line tutorials which bought me began with code on my telephone working Android 2.1 Eclair.

My first app was a flashcards maker. I wanted one thing like that to assist me study English and I couldn’t discover something on-line – so I made my very own!

Thanks to some of my ardour tasks, together with a flashcard maker app, I managed to rapidly land a job as an Android Engineer whereas I used to be nonetheless finishing my Pc Science diploma at college. I then tried working throughout a couple of different areas in software program engineering, however in the end, Android was at all times my favorite and ended up turning into my specialty!

What’s one shortcut, tip, or hack you’ll be able to’t reside with out?

It’s not fairly a hack, however I truthfully don’t understand how I lived earlier than ConstraintLayout grew to become a factor! Oh – and Android Weekly’s mailing list, undoubtedly probably the greatest methods to get all the related information and tutorials within the Android world delivered on to you each Monday!

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

Wanting again, I undoubtedly suggest placing effort and being actually intentional about in search of out different Android engineers round you. As soon as I began proactively attending meetups and dealing with different engineers, my abilities and information grew exponentially. Collaborating and bouncing round concepts has at all times been my favorite option to discover artistic and revolutionary options to issues I’m engaged on.

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