155: Naming conventions for RxJava Observables

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The Android community has come to use Rx pretty heavily but surprisingly there hasn’t been any one convention that’s won, when it comes to how we name our functions that return Observables. getUser(), user(), userUpdates() ? In this mini-episode dutifully does the yak-shaving for you and discusses what some options are and what the community has been gravitating towards.

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Upday’s convention:

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// option 1
fun getUser(): Single<User>
// yuck

// option 2
fun user(): Observable<User>
// but what does this mean?

// option 3
fun user(): Single<User>
fun userUpdates(): Observable<User>
// or
fun userStream(): Observable<User>
// this is looking good

// option 4 (upday style)
fun userOnce(): Single<User>
fun userStream(): Observable<User>
fun userOnceAndStream(): Observable<User>

Stay tuned for a future episode, where we discuss more details and more complicated cases to handle (like emitting a list of user, policies for fetching the first user as quickly as possible etc.).

Also #FinishNotation.

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154: Developer Growth: Start Writing


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Growing as a developer is important for you, your career and your future. One of the best ways to grow your career is to start writing.

Donn recommends starting a blog or contributing to a blog. The process of writing will expose your weak points in your comprehension of a topic. Refining your communication skills through writing and putting thoughts out into the universe via a blog will broaden your skills as a developer.

Ultimately, writing is about communication and communication is the cornerstone of success in much of anything. In this episode, Donn walks you through why you should start writing to help you grow as a developer.

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153: How to be an indie Android developer with Chris Lacy


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Listen to all star Indie developer and friend of the show Chris Lacy. Chris Lacy created the beloved Action Launcher – arguably one of the best Launcher apps on Android. In this epiisode, he talks to us about what it’s like being an indie developer, starting on Action Launcher and of course his newest creation – ActionDash.

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152: Should I Rewrite My App? with Jeroen Mols


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After you’ve been working on an app for sometime, the most common quandry one runs into is the need to rewrite the app. We’ve all been there, there’s technical debt, we’ve improved our understanding, the tools have become better, we’ve become better. So should you go back and just rewrite the whole app? Jeroen walks us through his thinking.

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150: Learning Kotlin – Returns, Jumps & Labels

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data class Customer(val isPlatinum: Boolean)

fun main() {

    val customer = Customer(false)

    println("Number of points customer has: ${calculatePoints(customer)}")

    // Break out of the loop once we're over 25
    for (i in 1..100) {
        if (i > 25) {
            break
        } else {
            println(i)
        }
    }


    // Skip all even numbers
    for (i in 1..100) {
        if (i % 2 == 0) {
            continue
        } else {
            println(i)
        }
    }


    // Break out of the outer loop (which breaks out of the inner too) using a label
    donn@ for (i in 1..100) {
        for (j in 100..200) {
            if (j > 150) break@donn // This will break out of the inner loop and outer loop
            else println("i: $i, j: $j")
        }
    }

    // Continue processing the next outer loop value when a condition is met.
    donn@ for (i in 1..100) {
        for (j in 100..200) {
            if (j > 150) continue@donn // This will break out of the inner loop and outer loop
            else println("i: $i, j: $j")
        }
    }

    // returns with label
    example1()
    example2()

    println("I'm done processing!")
}

fun calculatePoints(customer: Customer): Int {
    if (customer.isPlatinum) {
        return 100000
    } else {
        return 10
    }
}


fun example1() {
    listOf(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).forEach {
        if (it > 7) {
            return
        } else {
            println(it)
        }
    }
    println("This wont print :( because return exited the bar() function")
}

fun example2() {
    listOf(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).forEach bin@ {
        if (it > 7) {
            return@bin
        } else {
            println(it)
        }
    }
    println("This will print! :) return exited the forEach!")
}

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