Yesterday, I happen to attend the BlrKotlin September Meetup. We learned Spek framework for testing and for the later half we delved into the Kotlin Coroutines.
I can see myself use Spek framework now that I know basics of it even if it takes a little bit extra time. It’s code pretty much looks like English.
The focus of the meetup was solving Conway’s Game of Life. This was the first time I looked into how the Game of Life worked. I plan to implement the code myself at some point of time.
I released the movies and TV shows application I was working on. The link can be found below.
The app is a work of several months of learning several new concepts like Kotlin, Dagger 2, MVVM, Android Architecture Components, Data Binding, etc.
The release process was also interesting. Naming, short, and long description should be both common and clear so that it can be found easily via search and be easily understood. Same goes for the icons and various images that are needed for the Google Play.
I have recently started doing Sudarshan Kriya. I went to a three day Art of Living’s Happiness Project camp. I can’t really believe in anyone unless that person defeats me in logic. Osho had that effect. Recently, Jordan Peterson seems to have the same effect on me. I am not of a bhakt kind who likes dancing, and positive affirmations. I was mostly interested in their Yoga technique.
I did learn Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Sudarshan Kriya well. I think it has made me a bit more alert. The stress is still there but I am not so tired these days.
Last post of the year.
This year has been an interesting for me. I moved to Bangalore. I attended a lot of meetups. I made acquaintance with several developers. I attended Google Developer Days. I lost my wallet. I reconnected. I bought a bike. I attended to my needs. I joined a gym and realized that I might like bodybuilding.
This year I thought a lot about what and who I am and want to be. There has been a constant struggle to act on gender stereotypes.
I am ending my day with an act of kindness. Someone made a mistake and I let it go and paid for his mistake. I am not going to ruin someone’s new year for a few hundred rupees. I don’t know if this is good thing or bad. I am not sure how that other person is going to take my random act of kindness.
What’s in for 2018? I am going to change my focus from money to my career and health. I think I have neglected both of them in 2017. I don’t plan on to do from now on. It will be difficult but I will try my best to change things.
I have gained significant amount of weight in last couple of years. I need to regain my health in 2018. I want to lose a pound per week and reach my weight goal by the end of October 2018.
Career-wise I want to reach new heights. I want to become a top developer. I am a bit confused as to how to achieve that. I don’t feel like taking any classes anymore. I think they have outlived their utility for me. At the same time they might serve an important purpose.
Architecture Components provide a simple, flexible and practical approach that frees developers from some common problems so they can focus on building great experiences.
Android Developers Blog in Announcing Architecture Components 1.0 Stable.
In my dreams, that I watch awake with open eyes, I see myself riding a motorcycle in a thick dense forest. I wanted a bike which looked great, has a brand name, and would do well in long distance riding. I didn’t want a commuter bike. I am a first time rider. It makes sense for me to invest an amount which I can’t be sour about if I didn’t enjoy riding. I narrowed down to KTM Duke and Royal Enfield Stealth Black.
KTM Duke with its striking orange looked a bit childish. It’s a powerful bike with very little weight.
Royal Enfield Stealth Black is reasonably priced, a lot of people ride it for long distance, has a good look and a brand behind it. I finally booked one for myself.
A large horde of people visit a small temple near my native town Datia. It’s called Ratangarh Mata.
These people walk, ride on motorcycles, travel in tractors and trucks like cattle.
Along the way you would find other religious minded people serving them with water and food.
What was unfortunate in this whole charade was them ruining the environment by throwing away the plastic trash.
On my end, it’s about 3 months since it has been used for development. As part of learning, I’m sharing a summary (non exhaustive) of items detected during code reviews .
Elye writes in 3 months of Kotlin, code review summary.