#AndroidDevJourney highlight – January version


Posted by Luli Perkins, Developer Relations Program Supervisor

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We kicked off the #AndroidDevJourney to offer members of our group the chance to share their tales by way of our social platforms. Every Saturday from January by way of June we’ll characteristic a brand new developer on our Twitter account. We’ve obtained an awesome variety of inspirational tales and hope you get pleasure from studying by way 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 changing into an Android Developer and the way you bought began.

My journey began within the discipline of Android once I was in my 4th 12 months of undergrad research. I obtained an internship in a startup named GreenAppleSolutions. There I obtained an opportunity to work on an Android venture from scratch and fortunately my first venture went reside on the Play Retailer. Throughout this entire internship, I discovered Android so attention-grabbing as a result of every little thing you code, you’ll be able to see the outcomes reside 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’ll be able to’t reside with out?

I’m an enormous fan of Android Lint, which has saved me many occasions from manually discovering deprecated calls/APIs. It has additionally helped me in following the very 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 while you began in your journey?

Truly, there are two,

  • Clearing a small doubt is equally as vital even if you happen to assume that may be a silly one. Ask as many queries as you’ll be able to 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 start out with, however it can construct you as much as be a very good developer in the long term.
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Walmyr Carvalho

Inform me about your journey in changing 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 venture was an app for civil development and no one on the crew had a Mac, so we did it for Android (We obtained a ten, btw!)! At the moment I used to be educating expertise to some authorities individuals and wasn’t into coding that a lot, however then after venture in 2011 I obtained my first job as Junior Android Developer and it obtained me so hooked on the platform that I couldn’t go away!

I used to be in a position to 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 additionally the individuals I met that helped me rather a lot as effectively!

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

Additionally, I 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’ll be able to’t reside with out?


There’s a easy however highly effective shortcut on Android Studio that I exploit rather a lot, 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 all occurrences as soon as. Appears foolish, however this shortcut helps me a lot to get occurring my code, particularly relating to refactoring. I exploit it on a regular basis!

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

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

Be taught as a lot as you’ll be able to, not solely with the wonderful content material out there on official documentation, and from the group, but additionally study from your personal errors by way of constant apply. There’s a variety of content material out there totally free on the web, and likewise each Google and GDEs (Google Developer Consultants) like me can get you going, so maintain training and get your information on-line!

And when you study, share with different individuals! If I’m the place I’m right this moment is as a result of I used to be in a position to share what I couldn’t discover once I was studying, so please, share your information! The Android group is wonderful and tremendous useful, you’ll be able to attain actually the creators of the APIs and libraries you utilize 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 would use.

The web is such a robust software for studying and sharing and I actually suggest you to do this there, and I’m positively right here to assist if wanted! 🙂

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Nate Washington

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

I turned an Android developer in 2015, whereas engaged on my first enterprise concept. I couldn’t afford to return to highschool, so I made a decision to attempt my hand at beginning a enterprise as an alternative. I launched an internet utility, however my prospects insisted on having a local app for his or her wants as effectively. I initially regarded for somebody with extra expertise, however in the end determined to only educate myself how one can 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’ll be able to’t reside with out?

Having the ability to take a look at my Android builds on digital gadgets is a lifesaver. There are a variety of totally different eventualities to account for when constructing Android apps for 1000’s of various gadgets. Instruments resembling Firebase Take a look at Labs, in addition to different digital gadget companies enable me to create particular eventualities for hands-on testing that I can’t obtain with the bodily Android gadgets that I personal.

What is the one piece of recommendation you would like 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 changing into an Android Developer and the way you bought began.

My journey started once I obtained my very first Android gadget, the HTC Magic, at Google Developer Day 2009. At the moment, I used to be a school pupil 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’ll be able to’t reside with out?

There are lots of. If I needed to decide one, it could be Android Studio. I all the time admire the awesomeness of Android Studio as a result of I began Android app growth with Eclipse. (Additionally I can not reside with out Kotlin, RecyclerView, ConstraintLayout …)

The shortcut of Android Studio that I can not reside with out is Command + B (Declaration or Usages. This enables us to leap between the declaration and usages. It is very 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 while 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 way 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 changing 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. Nonetheless, that didn’t curiosity me, and I saved in search of one thing nice to do with my Java information. I purchased my first telephone, a Nokia, and noticed apps within the telephone and puzzled how they made these apps. I researched and realized that apps had been really 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 over time. 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 expertise and upkeep have improved over time. Particularly the Emulator.

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

A shortcut I can not 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 choice, WOW lifesaver. Generally you may neglect what you had modified, however this hack all the time saves my life.

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

Truly, 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 rather a lot. At all times staying in entrance of the sport by all the time studying what’s new, what’s being advisable, and why it’s wanted. As an example, having Room was a tremendous 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 get pleasure from Android Growth.


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