In this episode, we talk to our good friend and immutability champ Ryan Harter. We start off talking about the benefits and disadvantages of immutability, then we dive into Value types and the subtle difference with Value types. Finally we close out by talking about AutoValue and how you can extend it using the super nifty auto-value extension system for functionality like Parcelability, Json parsing etc.
Donn Felker: Kaushik, we’re back again, my friend.
Kaushik Gopal: Yes, we are. It’s another morning. What’s the time there?
DF: It’s 9:45 in the morning. It’s pretty early for you, right?
KG: Yes, it’s 6:45 here.
DF: Thank you so much for getting up that early. I know it’s difficult, especially when you’re working all hours of the night for a startup.
KG: Well, it’s enjoyable, especially when we have great guests on the show and great topics to talk about. So, who do we have on today?
Continue reading 066: Let’s talk Immutability, Value Types and AutoValue with Ryan Harter
In this episode we talk to Ty Smith about all things Developer Platform. Currently a tech lead at Uber, Ty has quite the illustrious career having worked on some of the biggest names you’ve heard like Uber, Twitter(Fabric), Evernote, Zagat etc.
Unlike regular client app development, Developer Platform spans a variety of interesting topics like building consumable SDKs, building libraries with good APIs, creating Android integrations and App to app communication via components like Content Providers, AIDL Integrations, Intent APIS and deep links.
We ask Ty how he got started in this field, how one should go about thinking about it and the interesting challenges that one would run across in this intriguing field.
Ty’s all star Dallas crew
Donn Felker: Okay, here we are again. How are you doing, Kaushik?
Kaushik Gopal: I’m doing well. How are you?
DF: I’m doing really well. I’m very excited about today’s topic. It’s something I’ve dabbled in for a couple of clients, but not at the level of the gentleman who we have on today’s show.
KG: Yeah, this gentleman is known for having a sound understanding of the subject.
Continue reading 065: Developer Platform engineering with Ty Smith
In this mini-Fragment episode, Kaushik talks about the process of Garbage collection and how it compares to Reference counting (which is the equivalent process in iOS).
How does each work? What are the differences? Which is better 😁 ? Listen on for all the juicy details…
Garbage collection (Android)
Reference counting (iOS)
Kaushik Gopal: I was talking to one of my colleagues who works on our iOS applications the other day. We started off the conversation talking about advantages and disadvantages of the different local database options—like Realm and SQLite.
Then he mentioned something that blew my mind. A parent-child relationship is a typical use case in any marginally complex system, and we were talking about how to model them in a local database. Then he said, “Yeah, you’ve got to be extra careful with those relationships. You don’t want retain cycles.” This sounded a lot like a memory leak to me, so I probed a bit further, and that led me to the idea behind this mini-Fragment episode: the world of garbage collection and reference counting.
Continue reading 064: Garbage Collection (Android) vs Reference Counting (iOS)
The age old question: should I be using an event bus today? What is an event bus? what are still some good use cases for an event bus? Can i replace an event bus with RxJava?
Donn and Kaushik have at it and try to answer this question that gets asked constantly in the AndroidDev circles. Listen on for our take.
What’s an event bus
We talk with Android UI magician Israel. In this episode, Israel does what magicians are never supposed to do, reveal those exciting magic tricks. He talks about tricks you can use in your Android apps to create a super slick UI, citing examples from Google Photos, Twitter and other apps.
Dazzle your Android users with these UI tricks.
Smoke and Mirros