008: Pocket Casts Amazingness with Philip Simpson

In this episode, we talk to Philip Simpson, one of the rockstar developers of the amazing Pocket Casts Android Application. We learn about how Philip and his partner, Russell, started Shifty Jelly and how they grew their team from a two-person shop to a small staff all while creating one of top apps on Google Play, Pocket Casts. We also talk about some of the tools, tips and tricks that they’ve used to help them scale, grow and become more effective as indie app developers. We eventually hop into some deep talk about audio software and all kinds of tech in general. If you’ve always wondered what it takes to be an indie app developer then this is the episode for you – Philip does not let us down.

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Awesome picks:

Philip:

Donn:

Kaushik:

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Philip Simpson

Donn Felker

Kaushik Gopal

007: Jake Wharton on Testing, SqlBrite, NotRxAndroid, RxJava and Much More

In the final part of this two-part segment, we continue our talk with Jake Wharton. We dive right into the topic of testing. Jake then talks about his approach to testing apps in Android and the different languages that he finds interesting. We then move on to RxJava, NotRxAndroid, SqlBrite and many other libraries and topics to round out this great second episode. Again, we’d love to thank Jake for joining us here on the Fragmented Podcast show; it has been an honor. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Server side frameworks with Java

  • Jersey [jersey.java.net]
  • Jax-rs [jax-rs-spec.java.net]
  • Go [golang.org]

Other languages

Non-Square libraries that Jake uses

Awesome picks:

Donn:

Jake:

Kaushik:

Contact

Jake Wharton

Donn Felker

Kaushik Gopal

006: Jake Wharton on Becoming a Better Developer and Creating Successful Open Source Projects (Part 1)

In part one of this two-part segment, we talk to the one and only Jake Wharton. He gives us the scoop on how he operates day to day, what he looks for in a good Android developer and how to become a better Android developer. He also touches upon the various sources and non-Java platforms that he draws inspiration from. Finally, he talks about open source and gives tips on leading an open source project.

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Kaushik Gopal

004: The RxJava show with Dan Lew (Part 2)

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In this episode of Fragmented, Donn and Kaushik continue their conversation with Dan Lew on RxJava. In the final part of this 2 part series, they talk about many useful RxJava operators and other intricacies of using RxJava in Android.

Show Notes

RxJava Operators:

RxJava Components:

Retrolambda

Hot  vs Cold observables – From the RxJs wiki [github.com]

  • uses js instead of java, but concepts are the same and this is the best explanation I’ve found so far.

RxJava wiki on Backpressure [github.com]:

  • Ring buffer size: `System.setProperty(“rx.ring-buffer.size”, “128”);`
  • Issue with changing buffer ring size [github.com]
  • It’s 16 on Android, down from 1024 originally. :P So it’s actually 64x smaller.

Awesome picks:

Dan Lew:

  • Simple Made Easy (talk by Rich Hickey creator of Clojure) [infohq]
  • Victor by Trello (SVG assets) [github.com]

Donn:

Kaushik:

  • Therapeutic Refactoring (talk by Katrina Owen) [youtube.com]

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Dan Lew

Donn Felker

Kaushik Gopal

003: The RxJava show with Dan Lew (Part 1)

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In this episode of Fragmented, Donn and Kaushik interview Dan Lew – druid of RxJava & RxAndroid! In part 1 of this 2 part series, we find out more about the one they call Dan Lew. We ask Dan how he started off as a developer, how he stays on top of development, where he draws inspiration from for amazing Android development and much more. We then begin disarming the glorious beast that is RxJava touching upon it’s benefits and begin discussion of some common operators.

Dan’s open source contributions:

Staying on top of Android Development:

Dan’s  favorite apps:

Android Games that Dan plays

Working Remotely:

Getting started with  RxJava:

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