Android Readings July 10th 2017

I later found that the initial salary increases were made in an effort to keep me working there. They were afraid of losing me. This taught me a very important lesson. As a skilled software developer, you’re a valued asset to a wide variety of companies and there’ll be situations where you can pick and choose where you want to work.

 Michell Bak in I’m an Android developer.

Android Reading June 23rd 2017

Summer has begun!!! Now is a great time to get outdoors, enjoy the weather, and sharpen your Android skills! We’ve picked some of the best content from this past year to make it easy.

realm in 2017 Android Developer Summer Binge List

Because WebView is distributed as a separate APK, Safe Browsing for WebView is available today for devices running Android 5.0 and above. With just one added line in your manifest, you can update your app and improve security for most of your users immediately.

Xiaowen Xin and Renu Chaudhary, Android Security Team in What’s new in WebView security

Two years ago I swore I wouldn’t start seriously learning Kotlin until Google announced support for it. They’ve now done just that—and here I am learning it.

Jose Luis Franconetti in Kotlin for Android Development: Heavyweight Language or Hopeless Hype?

 

Android Reading June 22nd 2017

Behind every successful technology is a strong ecosystem. Without the right tools and community, a new programming language will never achieve the uptake required to become a success. That’s why it’s so important that Kotlin is built into the Java ecosystem rather than outside of it.

Joe Kutner in On the Rise of Kotlin

Android Reading June 19th 2017

Creators of modern programming languages have a big advantage because they are able to analyze the weaknesses of established languages and make things better themselves.

Lukas Lechner in How “Effective Java” may have influenced the design of Kotlin — Part 1

They’re common sense language features that, when compared to Java, end up saving you a bunch of cognitive overhead, keystrokes, and time.

Dan Kim in Kotlin: It’s the little things