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Our second version of #AndroidDevJourney is right here! At the start of this 12 months we launched the #AndroidDevJourney to share the tales of members of our group by means of our social platforms. Each Saturday, from January by means of June, we’ll characteristic a brand new developer on our Twitter account.

For an opportunity to be featured in our March spotlight collection, tweet us your story utilizing #AndroidDevJourney.

Andrew Kelly

Andrew Kelly

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

In 2012 I used to be working as a contractor for the NSW authorities right here in Australia as a Java J2EE internet developer. I’d been in that position for 11 years, constructing internet apps for college students and academics. However, in 2012 the federal government determined that contractors had been costly and allow us to all go. So whereas in my hand-over interval I’d examine some youngsters who had been writing Android apps and making a number of cash doing so. The Android Market was new and so any app uploaded received a big viewers, and since I already knew Java it appeared like switching from an online developer to a cellular developer is perhaps a sensible profession transfer. So I bought a brand new cellphone, the HTC Legend and spent the subsequent 2 weeks studying every thing I may about Android apps. It was the primary time I may run software program I’d written on a tool made by another person that I may carry round with me. It was a really thrilling time the place any app thought appeared potential.

When my contract lastly ended, I managed to get a brand new job working for a cellular improvement company and began engaged on Android apps for his or her purchasers. In order to study extra about Android app improvement, I began to attend the native Android meetups and Google Developer Group occasions, listening to audio system (largely from Google) and making an attempt to enhance my abilities as an Android developer.

In 2013 I used to be provided the chance to turn out to be the organiser of the Sydney GDG and it was that 12 months that I additionally attended my first Google I/O (I’ve been yearly since). One of the onerous components about being a GDG organiser is discovering audio system, so sometimes if there have been no audio system, or if a speaker dropped out on the final minute, I might step in and provides a chat as a substitute. 2013 was additionally the 12 months I made a decision to maneuver on from the cellular company I used to be working at, and I spent the subsequent 5 years working as a contract contractor, working with purchasers similar to eBay, the Sydney Opera House, and one of many massive banks in Australia. Being the organiser of GDG Sydney and an everyday speaker on the meetups meant discovering work was fairly simple.

In 2016 due to all of the talking I used to be doing I used to be approached to hitch the Google Developer Experts program, presently I used to be doing common talks at each the GDG Sydney and Android meetup occasions each couple of months. When I joined the GDE program, I handed over my GDG duties to some associates, who nonetheless run it to today. As a part of the GDE program I’ve been fortunate sufficient to attend many Google I/O occasions, and I’ve additionally had the chance to talk at conferences everywhere in the world, together with DroidCon Boston, Mobile Era in Oslo, DevFest Melbourne, DroidCon Singapore, Chicago Roboto and lots of others. Having the possibility to talk to so many individuals everywhere in the world has been very rewarding, and I’ve made many associates.

In 2019 I joined the corporate the place I work in the present day – mx51, I’m the lead Android developer designing and constructing apps that run on cost terminals, which additionally combine with Point of Sales techniques. I’m nonetheless a GDE however with the 2020 insanity the flexibility to talk at in-person occasions was severely hindered. I hope that in-person occasions will begin once more quickly and that I can proceed my journey as a GDE.

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

Android improvement is consistently altering and advancing, so there may be at all times one thing new to study. My tip could be to at all times be studying, there are many methods to do that, subscribe to the Android Developers YouTube channels and Medium publications. Follow Googlers and Google Developer Experts on Twitter for brand new suggestions and posts. Subscribe to the Android Weekly newsletter for an outline of latest libraries and weblog posts, and attend your native GDG chapter and Meetups. Not solely are these nice methods to study new elements of Android improvement, however with meetups they’re an excellent place to satisfy different Android builders, share successes, and ask for recommendation on issues.

What’s the one piece of recommendation you want somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

When I began out as an Android developer, I may by no means have dreamed about being a Google Developer Expert, travelling the world and talking at massive occasions. It took me a very long time to study that it is okay to not know the solutions to folks’s questions. If at an occasion somebody asks one thing you do not know, it is okay to say so. You can at all times say that you’re going to discover out later and get again to them. There isn’t any have to make up a mistaken reply on the spot and lead somebody astray. People are sometimes scared {that a} subject they’re presenting won’t be the very best or biggest strategy to do one thing, they usually concern trying silly. If an individual within the viewers suggests a greater means that should not be a fear, 1) you learnt one thing, 2) everybody else learnt one thing and three) there could also be situations the place your resolution is healthier and a dialogue will be had. So my recommendation could be, when talking do not concern questions however embrace the chance to assist somebody instantly, or later, or maybe uncover one thing new your self.

Amanda Hinchman-Dominguez

Amanda Hinchman-Dominguez

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

I dabbled in Android improvement in faculty with the coed cellular improvement group, nevertheless it wasn’t till I used to be just a few years in internet improvement I made the true swap over. Back in my internet dev days, I joined the Kotlin group, the place I felt instantly welcome. Shortly after, I moved to Chicago just a few years again once I heard there was a Kotlin group within the tech scene.

Getting in control with Android at knowledgeable stage is an entire completely different recreation, and I’ve been fortunate to search out the overlapping Kotlin/Android group each regionally and globally. Android improvement has accelerated my profession technically and professionally, but the world is so deep and huge throughout the sandbox of Android improvement.

Already being an lively fanatic with Kotlin, it solely felt pure to modify to Android, and I’ve by no means regarded again. Since then, I’ve been working scalable and sophisticated Android purposes, and contributing with some technical writing alongside the best way. I’m at present co-writing with my colleague, Pierre Laurence, on “Programming Android with Kotlin: Achieving Structured Concurrency with Coroutines with O’Reilly”, and I’m excited to have it come out someday this 12 months.

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

For bigger tasks, it is typically onerous to find the file you are taking a look at in your Project view. You can use the goal image ⊕ to get a spotlight the file you are at present on in Android Studio.

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What’s the one piece of recommendation you want somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

Only set up LeakCanary when, and solely when, you and your workforce is prepared for that dialog 😁

Anthony Edwards JR

Anthony Edwards Jr

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

My journey as a developer began as a baby. As a child, I used to be obsessive about robots. I keep in mind my dad purchased me a Lego set known as Lego Mindstorm, which was mainly a robotics set with sensors and motors, plus it was additionally programmable. After graduating highschool, I enrolled within the US Army as an Aviation Maintenance Repairer. After 6 years, I used to be honorably discharged then enrolled in faculty at Fordham University. In 2014, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. About 2 years later, I met my now spouse, and collectively we began constructing EatOkra as a means for us to search out black-owned eating places in Brooklyn, NY. As we launched the appliance to new folks, they shared it with their community; earlier than we knew it, many individuals had been asking us to cowl extra areas within the south.

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

Learn learn how to ask the appropriate questions.

What’s the one piece of recommendation you want somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

One piece of recommendation I want I took extra significantly was to not construct an utility utilizing beta know-how. EatOkra’s MVP was created utilizing a beta model of a software program framework. It began out good however then as they made updates, at occasions, I ended up having to attend months for sure points to get mounted. I additionally needed to utterly cease and restart the app with a completely new code base as a result of the corporate determined to vary how they architected the code. I discovered so much nevertheless it was painful to navigate.

Dinorah Tovar

Dinorah Tovar

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

My journey began a few years in the past (I used to be nonetheless in faculty) once I noticed the Android Developer Udacity course. There was no nano diploma again within the day. So as soon as I noticed it, I began constructing some apps for myself. From there, I utilized for my first job as a junior developer in a giant consulting agency. Then I began seeing extra programs and began following lots of people at Twitter, like Sam Edwards and Joe Birch (each GDE). The group made me develop and study. A few years later I received my first workforce and I started delivering speeches at conferences and maintaining my Medium weblog on the facet. The group gives me suggestions and data, and particularly a spot to study. My first convention was with WomenWhoCode.org right here in Mexico. They opened a spot for me with none expertise. The similar occurred with Google Developers Groups right here in Mexico City.

I grew to become a Lead Engineer throughout my second job and I started doing worldwide conferences. I requested for suggestions from Sam Edwards and Carlos Muñoz (additionally GDEs in Colombia) they usually informed me to not fear as a result of I might amazingly they usually inspired me to maintain doing it.

I received a very nice provide to begin from scratch right here as a Mobile Platform engineer in Mexico City with an enormous fintech Startup (Konfio.mx). This is my present job, which suggests I’m within the architectural workplace the place we select new concepts and new processes and just about service all of the areas within the firm.

I began creating a bunch of collection to show folks some particular matters that I observed weren’t deeply addressed. I additionally began getting concerned in Kotlin Multiplatform after which I used to be reached out to by two GDE that nominated me to turn out to be GDE, Walmyr Carvalho, and Sam Edwards. They provided me suggestions about my newest talks, podcast, and collection and I used to be accepted on the finish of 2020. Right now, I’m making an attempt to study extra and ship extra talks and weblog posts to the group.

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

My particular hack as an Android Developer is to make use of Wireless Debugging within the lastest Android Studio for bodily units. It is my favourite half as a result of I need not use any cables and the setup is tremendous simple!

What’s the one piece of recommendation you want somebody would have given you if you began in your journey?

My recommendation is that studying is a course of, issues change and all of this should be welcome as a result of we’re addressing the evolution of the platform as we code. Also, learn every thing you possibly can as a result of folks in the neighborhood are superb they usually love to show! Open an account on Twitter, as a result of there are lots of people giving suggestions in lower than 180 characters.


The Android Developer group prides itself in its inclusivity and welcomes builders from all backgrounds and levels of life. If you’re feeling impressed and wish to study extra about learn how to turn out to be part of our group, listed below are just a few sources to assist get you began.

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The Google Developer Groups program offers builders the chance to satisfy native builders with comparable pursuits in know-how. A GDG meetup occasion contains talks on a variety of technical matters the place you possibly can study new abilities by means of hands-on workshops.

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Founded in 2014, Google’s Women Techmakers is devoted to serving to all girls thrive in tech by means of group, visibility and sources. With a member base of over 100,000 girls builders, we’re working with communities throughout the globe to construct a world the place all girls can thrive in tech..

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The Google Developers Experts program is a world community of extremely skilled know-how consultants, influencers and thought leaders who actively assist builders, corporations and tech communities by talking at occasions, publishing content material, and constructing revolutionary apps. Experts actively contribute to and assist the developer and startup ecosystems all over the world, serving to them construct and launch extremely revolutionary apps.

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