Mobile developer (mostly Android). Conference speaker. Beer & coffee snob. Berliner in training.

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Why a new app? When I first decided to get into Android development, I created the Music Library app to catalog my vinyl collection. It served me well as I learned the ins and outs of Android programming including content providers, interacting with other applications via intents, working with the file system to save/load images, making API requests, etc. In order to test the workings of the Android app market, I published the ad supported Music Library Free and the paid Music Library versions of the app.

Each year, I keep a list of albums that I find myself listening to frequently. This is the time of year when I review the list and pick my top 10. I ventured into hip-hop and electronic music a bit more this year. Psych rock and 90s style fuzz are also well represented. My Bloody Valentine - MBV Disclosure - Settle Swearin’ - Dust in the Gold Sack Weed - Deserve Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin Night Beats - Sonic Bloom Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

When I initially needed to integrate OAuth request signing with Volley in my Android app, I used the Signpost library. It was fairly straightforward to build a URL, pass it to the Signpost OAuthConsumer, and retrieve a new string with the appropriate OAuth parameters added. Unfortunately, as you can see from the commit history, there has been very little activity over the past year. Increasingly, I see recommendations for Scribe. The project is very active and it makes implementing OAuth request signing as easy as it’s likely to get.

T-Mobile reception is still terrible at the conference center. Alcohol purchases spike in the City of Hurst as a result of the conference. The guys from Willow Tree Apps have released some awesome Android open source libraries (BetterPickers, OAK, and RPatch) It’s worth the short drive to Roots Coffee each morning. High Roller makes adult size big wheels. They are a ton of fun to ride. Oppo makes some pretty sweet phones.

This is my second year to speak at the Big Android BBQ in Hurst, TX. My talk covered a slew of handy open source libraries to accelerate the development of modern Android applications. The slides are available on Google Drive. I’m having a blast at the conference. The sessions so far have been great. I hope to see all of you here again next year!