067: Cross platform development with Xamarin cofounder Joseph Hill

In this episode, Donn talks with Xamarin cofounder on how one can use Xamarin for Android development.

They start off chatting about using Xamarin just for business logic sharing. This Joseph tells us was the original intention for use. They also touch on Xamarin forms which allows you to additionally build UI elements cross platform.

Even if you don’t use Xamarin or plan to use Xamarin right away, this was a fantastic insight into the platform, from the creators directly. They touch on advantages, how to really leverage the platform and potential downsides.

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This is our last episode for 2016 and we’re glad we get to end on an high note. See you in 2017!

Show Notes

Apps using Xamarin for Code sharing

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066: Let’s talk Immutability, Value Types and AutoValue with Ryan Harter

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.

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About Ryan



AutoValue extensions




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?

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065: Developer Platform engineering with Ty Smith

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.

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Show Notes

Ty’s all star Dallas crew

Developer Platform



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.

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