Droidcon 2016 in London

Bringing in names like Noah Falstein, Chet Haase and Nick Butcher I knew I was in for a treat going to Droidcon in London. Just a week before going to London I bought “Day of the Tentacle Remastered” without knowing that Noah was one of the guys behind it, so I was very pleased to see the boxart of the game appear on screen just a few minutes into the first keynote. Quite a start of the conference! The venue did little to disappoint (got a bit crowded at times but what would a conference be if there was no one to bump into!). I meat two former colleagues from Golden Gekko (now DMI, delivers full mobile + backend solutions to some of the largest customers I have worked with), Michael Gardner and Cyrus Bakhtiari-Haftlang. I also talked a lot with Ragunath Jawahar (Author and maintainer of Keylines, a android library that helps you get the layouts just right, gave me some very good advice on some RxJava related issues I was struggling with) and Jeff Rollason (runs a company that specialized in games AI, and a very interesting guy to talk to). So I hope to go back next year to reconnect and get to know even more people with a passion for mobile and AI!

For the videos from the conference I am sad to report that they are not available unless you attended/have a skillcast account, but i can summarize with some links to great libraries and other material that was mentioned or shown in the talks

Keylines

Transitions in the android support library

Checkout the Support design demos:

Groupie helps you display and manage complex RecyclerView layouts

Tango from google

AppCompat v23.2 — DayNight theme

Firebase – all you need to know and more

Mobile TensorFlow

And some RxJava/Android links:

FunctionalAndroidReference

RxAndroidLibs

RxRelay

That is all for this years Droidcon, already looking forward to next years!

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