Tag: android

Summer bash at Button’s rooftop

A few hours before our meetup’s summer rooftop bash, it started pouring torrentially. We were worried – meetup members even commented on our page and asked, “Sooo about that rooftop…” Luckily, the Android gods smiled down on us and cleared the skies just in time for our July meetup at Button. Our members were treated to sliders, copious amounts of wine and beer, and pizza from the awesome Button team. We also had Android tech talks from Uber, Instagram and LinkNYC. 

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May Meetup: Android on the Desktop (yes, he went there) + Mutative Design Updates

We wouldn’t be a very good Android meetup if we didn’t invite Mark Murphy of Commonsware to speak. Mark is known for answering tons of questions and helping the Android community on StackOverflow. He’s also an incredible public speaker, cracking jokes and interjecting sarcastic remarks into his presentations. We were lucky to have him at our May meetup, hosted and sponsored by American Express.

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April’s Meetupception

We’d be pretty bad human beings if we didn’t host a meetup at Meetup, the team bringing people together for just about anything since 2002. Kevin’s been organizing our Android meetup since 2011, and since then it’s grown to over 3,400 members with consistent showings of 80-100+ devs every month! We’re loving our community and are so grateful. For April, our group converged at Meetup’s event lounge, surrounded by vibrant wall art and a giant brain floating above our heads.

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How To (And How Not To) Hire a Developer

I’ve been programming professionally for almost 20 years, and have been on both sides of the hiring/interviewing table for the last 15 or so. I wrote about this for Mashable a while back. Currently I’m President of touchlab, NYC’s Android dev & design shop; and run the Android NYC meetup and Android conference, Droidcon NYC.  

Although there might be small tips and tricks that will nudge the percent viewed on your email sends, all of that is basically laughed at on the developer end. Recruiting emails with “catchy” subjects and salesy pitches are a running joke in the technical community. There’s been discussion of going to interviews dressed as ninjas and rockstars just for fun.  

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Consistent Lighting in Material Design

Material Design uses the metaphors of digital paper and ink as a foundational principle. Structuring interfaces as if they were made of individual sheets of paper with ink printed onto them helps the user form mental models of how the interface works, where things are located, and what kinds of behaviors they can expect as they maneuver through an app.

To further help this model, UI elements can use “elevation” to show how close or far away they are from underlying layers like the canvas with elegant drop shadows.

It makes sense then that lighting should play an important role in thinking about your interface’s material design.

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8 tips for building a badass offline app

This is Part 3 of 3 in a series on Offline Connectivity. Read Part 1: No Connection? Big Problem Read Part 2: Offline functionality is a no brainer (and how Twitter dropped the ball) ———————————————————————————————————— Most...

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