#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 group the chance to share their tales via our social platforms. Every Saturday from January via June we’ll characteristic a brand new developer on our Twitter account. We’ve acquired an amazing variety of inspirational tales and hope you take pleasure in studying via 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 discipline of Android once I was in my 4th yr of undergrad research. I acquired an internship in a startup named GreenAppleSolutions. There I acquired an opportunity to work on an Android challenge from scratch and by chance my first challenge went stay on the Play Retailer. Throughout this complete internship, I discovered Android so fascinating as a result of every part you code, you possibly can see the outcomes stay in entrance of you in your gadget. I began loving Android and determined to take Android as my profession path.

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

I’m a giant fan of Android Lint, which has saved me many occasions 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 want somebody would have given you while you began in your journey?

Really, there are two,

  • Clearing a small doubt is equally as vital even for those who assume that could be a silly one. Ask as many queries as you possibly can until the time you might be happy with the reply.
  • Studying tutorials is good, however begin exploring the documentations in depth. Initially, it’d look an excessive amount of to start out with, however it’ll construct you as much as be a superb 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 ultimate challenge was an app for civil development and no one on the staff had a Mac, so we did it for Android (We acquired a ten, btw!)! At the moment I used to be instructing know-how to some authorities folks and wasn’t into coding that a lot, however then after challenge in 2011 I acquired my first job as Junior Android Developer and it acquired 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 educational but in addition the folks I met that helped me loads as properly!

Since then, I’ve been working with cell and, largely, with Android for greater than 10 years now, serving to a number 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 group on the planet, with greater than 7.500 members!

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

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


There’s a easy however highly effective shortcut on Android Studio that I exploit loads, 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 happening my code, particularly with regards to refactoring. I exploit it on a regular basis!

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

I believe I might resume my recommendation in two phrases: study and share.

Study as a lot as you possibly can, not solely with the wonderful content material obtainable on official documentation, and from the group, but in addition study from your individual errors via constant follow. There’s a number of content material obtainable without spending a dime on the web, and likewise each Google and GDEs (Google Developer Consultants) like me can get you going, so maintain training and get your data on-line!

And when you study, share with different folks! 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 once I was studying, so please, share your data! The Android group is wonderful and tremendous useful, you possibly can attain actually the creators of the APIs and libraries you employ on Twitter, Reddit and plenty of different locations. Write an article, report a podcast or a video, there are a lot of codecs that you could possibly use.

The web is such a robust device for studying and sharing and I actually suggest you to try this there, and I’m positively 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 strive my hand at beginning a enterprise as an alternative. I launched an online software, however my prospects insisted on having a local app for his or her wants as properly. I initially regarded for somebody with extra expertise, however finally determined to only educate myself find out how 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 a number of rounds of funding.

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

Having the ability to take a look at my Android builds on digital units is a lifesaver. There are a number of completely different situations to account for when constructing Android apps for 1000’s of various units. Instruments equivalent to Firebase Take a look at Labs, in addition to different digital gadget 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 want somebody would have given you while 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 once I acquired my very first Android gadget, the HTC Magic, at Google Developer Day 2009. At the moment, I used to be a university scholar and writing my private software 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 stay with out?

There are a lot of. If I needed to choose one, it could be Android Studio. I all the time respect the awesomeness of Android Studio as a result of I began Android app growth with Eclipse. (Additionally I am unable to stay with out Kotlin, RecyclerView, ConstraintLayout …)

The shortcut of Android Studio that I am unable to stay 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 want somebody would have given you while you began in your journey?

Learn official paperwork. Learn supply codes of platform, libraries that you just use. One of many methods to speed up studying is to create an app via 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 stay 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 programs. Nevertheless, that didn’t curiosity me, and I saved in search of one thing nice to do with my Java data. I purchased my first telephone, a Nokia, and noticed apps within the telephone and questioned how they made these apps. I researched and realized that apps have been really written in Java, and that is how my journey started.

I recall constructing my first software, Easy Math, with solely actions since fragments weren’t there; what an enchancment we have had over time. Easy Math had 500 downloads with a 4.5 score, and this actually motivated me to construct extra functions. I later gained the Develop With Google Scholarship (2018), which boosted my profession. Throughout this one-year scholarship, I launched my second software, Budgeting Buddy, on the Google Play Retailer and has a 4.5 score with over 5 thousand downloads. I presently 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 over time. Particularly the Emulator.

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

A shortcut I am unable to stay 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 choice, WOW lifesaver. Generally you may overlook what you had modified, however this hack all the time saves my life.

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

Really, once I transitioned into cell fully, I felt the educational curve was one thing I must accommodate In my life, which has actually helped me loads. All the time staying in entrance of the sport by all the time studying what’s new, what’s being really useful, and why it’s wanted. For example, having Room was an incredible development, now dagger Hilt, and plenty of extra. So if I can flip this round and advise new builders, be able to study and you’ll take pleasure in Android Improvement.


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