#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 all around the world with many alternative experiences. Early this 12 months, we launched the #AndroidDevJourney collection to spotlight our group on our social media accounts. Every 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 April highlight collection, 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 taken with animations and graphic design. I used to observe commercial animations or cricket match animations of participant profiles on TV and marvel how I may create these. Later that 12 months, when my sister bought our dwelling’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 past love in laptop science. However, Android turned one thing particular for me. It was NOT love-at-first sight as a result of I hated Android once I first realized about it. I nonetheless do not know why. Coming from a poor household background, I received a fully-funded scholarship by means of Prime Minister ICT R&D Scholarship Program and enrolled in Nationwide College of Engineering & Know-how (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 certainly one 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 attempting 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 know-how. However they gave further factors for Android submissions. This was my calling. In greed of these further factors, I took up the problem. I borrowed the one Android ebook “Howdy Android” from my instructor, Sir Shamyl bin Mansoor, and tried to study as a lot as I may. 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 received Rs. 100,000 prize cash. Very first thing I purchased was an Android cellphone and my journey began.

I began writing about it in a WordPress weblog, organized workshops in numerous universities, made my last 12 months undertaking 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 received a chance from PacktPub (a ebook publishing firm) to jot down a full ebook on Android. This was one of the best achievement I ever acquired. I managed to co-author two worldwide revealed 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 whole lot of time on writing and sharing my information with the group. I largely write on my website and on Medium. Moreover writing, I’ve been energetic 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 somewhat robust to handle time whereas working a full-time job and freelance contracts, nevertheless it was value it. I received an increasing number of energetic 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 all places 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 severe medical scenario with my father at the moment, however a 12 months later in February 2020 I turned 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 massive honor and achievement for me, together with a sense of accountability 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 growing and delivering greater than 100 apps. With greater than 2.5 billion Android gadgets at this time, this is a superb profession selection with excessive development and potential for upcoming college students and builders.

My GDE journey has been a improbable one. I’ve loved each second of it, all of the love I received 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 12 months for me, as I did 25+ on-line talks on Jetpack Compose animations ideas.

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

I merely love how Mnemonic Bookmarks make code navigation a lot sooner and simpler. If 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, for example 1. Now, while you press Ctrl + 1, Android Studio will convey you again on that precise line.

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

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The Pc Science and Data Know-how trade is altering and updating minute by minute. It doesn’t matter what stage of your profession you’re at, it’s important 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 observe the parents of #AndroidDev and you’ll 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 offer 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 value 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 received chosen as an Utilized CS facilitator for Android by Google in my second 12 months 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 superb at Android, so when the chance got here I took it upon myself to realize some information of Android after which assist folks with their duties. Studying to construct apps that may 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 possibly can’t reside with out?

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

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

As a newbie in any area, not simply Android, please hold asking questions on tips on how to enhance and study from folks locally. A few of them won’t reply your queries however a handful of them may. And on this manner, you possibly can study and develop from their expertise and when the time is true, you may 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 12 months of college once 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 realized tips on how to construct J2ME apps and received publicity to totally different cellular applied sciences on the time.

Shortly after this system, I received 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 assets 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 12 months, I discovered myself constructing precise apps on Android Gingerbread.

I’ve since labored as an Android Developer in numerous corporations starting from small to mid-sized startups with tens of millions of customers, to publicly traded corporations, all throughout many international locations. I’ve had the chance of working with very sensible of us which have contributed to my development and studying.

My journey shouldn’t be 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 now and again 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.


Turning 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, steering, mentorship and arduous work, I turned an Android GDE in 2018.

I’m grateful to have had the chance to journey to so many international locations 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 just a few, about subjects I get pleasure from – Kotlin, Design Techniques, Jetpack Compose, and Developer Productiveness Engineering.

What’s one shortcut, tip, or hack you possibly can’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 software – https://cs.android.com – and Android API documentation as typically as doable. (See additionally: https://androidsrc.dev/)

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

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

I’ll give two for the value of 1:

  1. Construction and consistency are vital when studying. One can’t presumably know every little thing, however one can attempt with sufficient of those two elements. Structured studying is turning into an increasing number of accessible today than it was, so one ought to make the most of 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 invaluable and transferable ability whatever the know-how 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 all the time liked science fiction books and flicks – I all the time had a intestine feeling that no matter profession path I went down, it could have one thing to do with computer systems. Programming rapidly turned my favorite artistic outlet – it began with creating web sites and apps once I was 11, primarily as a technique to improve my different passions similar to drawing and making puzzles for my pals.

I received my first Android cellphone once I was in highschool and instantly knew it could open a complete new world of alternatives for me, so I picked up just a few books and located just a few on-line tutorials which received me began with code on my cellphone operating 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 a couple of my ardour initiatives, 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 just a few different areas in software program engineering, however finally, Android was all the time my favorite and ended up turning into my specialty!

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

It’s not fairly a hack, however I actually don’t understand how I lived earlier than ConstraintLayout turned a factor! Oh – and Android Weekly’s mailing list, undoubtedly among the finest 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 would like somebody would have given you while you began in your journey?

Trying again, I undoubtedly advocate placing effort and being actually intentional about searching for out different Android engineers round you. As soon as I began proactively attending meetups and dealing with different engineers, my expertise and information grew exponentially. Collaborating and bouncing round concepts has all the time been my favorite technique to discover artistic and progressive options to issues I’m engaged on.

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