Jetpack Benchmark on Firebase Test Lab Mar 06, 2020 As previously outlined in my talk at Mobius Conference in Saint Petersburg last year, our team at Zalando is building a server-driven UI platform we call AppCraft. AppCraft allows us to add or update screens in our app with only server changes instead of the normal app release constrained way of doing things. On the client side, we are building every screen the same way: fetch layout & data from the server, parse it, and render it. ...
Top Albums of 2019 Dec 23, 2019 Time files and it turns out it's been several years since I last shared my favorite albums of the year. Despite the lack of posts, I still keep a list every year and decided it's time once again to highlight some of the albums I've enjoyed most: Oh Sees - Face Stabber Any year that includes an Oh Sees release will find it in my top albums list, so here it is. ...
AppCraft: Faster Than a Speeding Release Train Dec 22, 2019 It was a pleasure speaking at Mobius Conference in Saint Petersburg this past May. I never got around to finishing the transcript of the talk I intended to write, but you can find the slides on Speaker Deck and the video on YouTube:
Introducing Biografy Dec 24, 2017 What is Biografy? Biografy is a lifelogging app that automatically builds a timeline of each day. The Events view logs events from various apps including music, podcasts, videos, calls and chats. Each event includes rich detail such as the time, activity (stationary, walking, biking, etc.), and location/place. The Motion view lists car/transit trips, bike rides, runs, and walks. With the Map view, you can see where you were when each event occurred and gain insights like where you spend your time based on the clusters of pins. ...
React Native: Is It Worth It? Nov 27, 2017 Intro When new technologies start gaining momentum in the Android community, the pragmatic (or lazy) among us eventually have to ask ourselves, “Is it worth it?” After the initial arrival and departure of the hype train, some of these become trusted tools we use in almost every app. Think RxJava and Dagger. React Native may be on its way to earning a place in the same club. Once we get past the fact that JavaScript on Android and HTML in JavaScript seem pretty damn weird at first, there’s a lot to like. ...
Things I've Learned Since Moving to Berlin Sep 23, 2017 I've lived in Berlin for a bit more than six months now. Here's a list of some of the things I've learned: It is possible to survive a summer without air conditioning. It's also possible to go all summer without a mosquito bite. I don't miss having a car. Public transit is great here so I typically only need one to haul things like furniture. And I can rent one on demand pretty easily with apps like DriveNow. ...
Aufwiedersehen, Houston! Hallo, Berlin! Feb 02, 2017 Anyone who has talked to me for more than 10 minutes has probably heard me mention my love for Berlin. I first visited the city about six years ago and almost immediately resolved to make it my home one day. I'm thrilled to finally announce that it's happening! I'll be joining Zalando in Berlin next month to do Android and hopefully step up my fashion game a bit. Radical Agility sounds like engineering nirvana to me! ...
Multiple Developers, One App: How to Not Break Everything Oct 22, 2016 This was my third time attending the Big Android BBQ in Hurst, TX and my third time to present at it. Perhaps my favorite thing about the conference (aside from the obvious BBQ) is reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. This year I've had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world and learning that we know a lot of the same people. Small world, indeed. ...
Things That Suck About Android Development Mar 18, 2016 I presented “Things That Suck About Android Development” at this year's mdevcon conference in Amsterdam. It's a great conference in an amazing city. I highly recommend it to anyone developing mobile apps. The title is admittedly a bit sensational, but my goal was to highlight many of the painful parts about developing for Android and how to avoid/fix them. Here are the slides!
Top 10 Albums of 2015 Jan 02, 2016 I'm a bit late with my annual Top 10 list, but here it is roughly ranked by Google Music play count: Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside I was finally lucky enough to see him live and he didn't disappoint. Another great release. This soundtracked numerous skateboard and chill sessions. Vince Staples - Summertime ‘06 His “Hell Can Wait” EP made my list last year and I knew this one would be on this year's list right away. ...