Droidcon Boston 2018

 

 

I recently attended (and spoke at) Droidcon Boston 2018.  I had a terrific time, and thought it was a wonderful event.  Here are a few of my favorite parts.

Droidcon Boston

Conference Agenda

Droidcon Boston Twitter

Organizers

  • Friendly
  • Helpful
  • Passionate

The entire team of organizers, volunteers and sponsors were so awesome!  Their passion permeated the event and set the tone for a very community-focused conference.

The “EGG” team 😀

Eliza Camber

Garima Jain

Giorgio Natili

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Divya Jain on Twitter

Big big shout out to @giorgionatili and the other two organizers, our great MCs @marcyregalado , staff and volunteers at @droidconbos . It was my first android conference and definitely an amazing experience. See u next year! 😀

Content

  • There were so many great talks!
  • Kotlin was there in a big way
  • A number on interesting talks on architectures… MVI in particular

 

I really enjoyed the keynotes.  The brought unique, engaging, and relevant perspectives and ways I hadn’t seen before.

Nate Ebel on Twitter

The much anticipated handstand from @HandstandSam 👍👍 https://t.co/Va1noZYysb

Side Note: Kotlin was everywhere.  So many slides done entirely in Kotlin

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Also Side Note: My First Talk… Yay!

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Links to Slides

Lisa Wray’s Keynote

My Kotlin Talk

Flux for Android by Shohei Kawano

Reactive Architecture by HIFILEO

Why MVI? Model View Intent — The curious case of yet another pattern by Garima Jain

Data Binding Workshop by Eric Maxwell
Creating Awesome Animations With ConstraintLayout and ConstraintSet by Hari Vignesh J

Protecting Your Source: Using Code Review To Improve Your Application Quality by Jonathan Maltz

Multimodule Gradle by Clive Lee

Ana Baotić on Twitter

@loraj_k on padding ” You don’t want it touching edges, we’re not barbarians” 😂😂 #DroidconBos

MoniGarr on Twitter

DroidconBos thanks for the Android learning adventure

Dhara Bhavsar on Twitter

More bout Flux and Flux vs Redux #DroidconBos

Hari Vignesh J on Twitter

AR core with Kunal and a star trooper ? 😉 #DroidConBos

Community

  • The community aspect of this event was huge for me
  • I met people from all over the world
  • I engaged with so many people between sessions and at the various parties

The great community of friendly & helpful developers is a huge part of why I love being an Android developer and why I enjoy going to conferences.

Garima Jain on Twitter

DroidconBos was so much fun. Ending the conference with the selfie with co-organizer @ElizaCamber Lots of nice memories and new friends. Yaay!

Droidcon Boston on Twitter

Last talk massive selfie at #droidconbos 🎉🎊

Ana Baotić on Twitter

Speaker mingling @droidconbos 🎉#DroidconBos #AndroidDev 🎬30

 

Nate Ebel on Twitter

had an amazing time at #droidconbos !!thank you so much to everyone involved was wonderful to meet so many new people and to finally put a real life face to many others 😀

 

Check out my recap video on YouTube for even more from the conference

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Stay Up to Date as an Android Developer

As an Android developer, it’s useful to know about the latest tools, tips, and trends.

Here are a number of my favorites ways of staying up to date in the world of androiddev.

 

 

Weekly Newsletter

 

Android Weekly Newsletter

This is probably my single favorite way to stay up to date because it aggregates great content on a weekly basis.

Simply scanning through the titles and checking out 1-2 links each week will really help you understand what the new tools, tips/ and trends are.

 

Podcasts

Fragmented Podcast

Android Developers Backstage Podcast

I subscribe to both of these podcasts and love the deep dives into technical topics that span the breadth of the Android platform.

 

YouTube

Android Dialogs YouTube Channel

Google’s Android Developers YouTube Channel

Android Dialogs is a wonderful community-driven channel that focuses on short conversations with Android developers.

Google’s Android Developers channel is a terrific source for all things Android coming out of Google.

 

Blogs & Publications

https://androidstudio.googleblog.com/
Android Developers Blog
Google Developers Medium Publication
ProAndroidDev Medium Publication
AndroidPub Medium Publication

There are many, many great blogs out there in the world of androiddev.  These are just a few that can get you started.

The medium publications in particular are quite nice because the include posts from many different people so you can find many different perspectives on different topics.

 

Twitter GDE & Dev Advocate lists

Android GDE Twitter List
Android Developer Advocates Twitter List
Kotlin GDE Twitter List

The androiddev community is quite active on Twitter.  These 3 lists include Google Developer Experts and Google Android Developer Advocates that are on Twitter and regularly share useful info.

 

Conference Videos

 

DroidconNYC ’17 Videos
Google I/O ’17 Videos

Many conferences share their recorded videos online to be watched later.  If you can’t attend in person, or even if you do and want to watch again, these types of channels are really useful.

You could watch them alone, at a meetup, or incorporate into your team’s weekly schedule to help everyone stay up to date.

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What are your favorite ways to stay up to date? Comment below or share on social media. I’d love to continue the conversation.


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preparing to share: freaking out a little

preparing to share an honest look at preparing my first conference talks

Does public speaking excite you and yet make you freak out a little?

It sure does for me. As my first conference talks draw closer, I’m starting to have small waves of anxiety & doubt at the prospect of speaking about Kotlin to a room full of people.

They are infrequent, but in the moment, I totally feel like everyone there is going to know more about the topic than I am.

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