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Google Builders Weblog: Introducing Developer Journey: November 2022

Posted by Lyanne Alfaro, DevRel Program Supervisor, Google Developer Studio

Developer Journey is a brand new month-to-month collection to highlight various and world builders sharing relatable challenges, alternatives, and wins of their journey. Each month, we are going to highlight builders all over the world, the Google instruments they leverage, and the type of merchandise they’re constructing.

We’re kicking off #DevJourney in November to provide members of our group the prospect to share their tales by our social platforms. This month, it’s our pleasure to characteristic 4 members spanning merchandise together with Google Developer Professional, Android, and Cloud. Get pleasure from studying by their entries beneath and be looking out on social media platforms, the place we may even showcase their work.

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Sierra OBryan, Google Developer Professional, Android

Sierra OBryan

Google Developer Professional, Android

Cincinnati, OH

What Google instruments have you ever used?

As an Android developer, I take advantage of many Google instruments on daily basis like Jetpack Compose and different Android libraries, Android Studio, and Materials Design. I additionally prefer to discover a number of the different Google instruments in private initiatives. I’ve constructed a Flutter app, poked round in Firebase, and educated my very own ML mannequin utilizing the mannequin maker.

Which device has been your favourite to make use of? Why?

It’s exhausting to decide on one however I’m actually enthusiastic about
Jetpack Compose! It’s actually thrilling to have the ability to work with a brand new and evolving framework with a lot vitality and enter coming from the developer group. Compose makes it simpler to shortly construct issues that beforehand may very well be fairly advanced like animations and customized layouts, and has some very cool tooling in Android Studio like Dwell Edit and recomposition counts; all of which enhance developer effectivity and app high quality. Certainly one of my favourite issues about Compose generally is that I believe it is going to make Android improvement extra accessible to extra folks as a result of it’s extra intuitive and simpler to get began and so we’ll see the Android group proceed to develop with new views and backgrounds bringing in new concepts.

Google additionally supplies loads of actually useful instruments for constructing extra accessible cellular apps and I’m actually glad these essential instruments additionally exist! The Accessibility Scanner is offered on Google Play and might determine some widespread accessibility pitfalls in your app with tips on methods to repair them and why it’s essential. The “Accessibility in Jetpack Compose” code lab is a superb beginning place for studying extra about these ideas.

Please share with us about one thing you’ve constructed prior to now utilizing Google instruments.

A favourite private undertaking is a (very) easy flower figuring out app constructed utilizing ML Equipment ’s Picture Labeling API and Android. After the 2020 ML-focused Android Developer Problem, I used to be very interested by ML Equipment but in addition nonetheless fairly intimidated by the concept of machine studying. It was surprisingly simple to observe the documentation to construct and tinker with a customized mannequin after which add it to an Android app. I only in the near past migrated the app to Jetpack Compose.

What recommendation would you give somebody beginning of their developer journey?

Discover a group! Like most issues, creating is extra enjoyable with buddies.

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Harun Wangereka, Google Developer Professional, Android

Harun Wangereka

Google Developer Professional, Android

What Google instruments have you ever used?

I am an Android Engineer by occupation. The instruments I take advantage of on a day-to-day foundation are Android because the framework, Android Studio because the IDE, and a number of the Jetpack Libraries from the Android Group at Google.

Which device has been your favourite to make use of? Why?

Jetpack libraries. I really like these libraries as a result of they clear up many of the widespread ache factors we, as Android builders, confronted earlier than they got here alongside. Additionally they concisely clear up them and supply greatest practices for Android builders to observe.

Please share with us about one thing you’ve got constructed prior to now utilizing Google instruments.

At my office, Apollo Agriculture, I collaborate with cross-functional groups to outline, design and ship new options for the agent’s and agro-dealer’s Android apps, that are solely written in Kotlin. We now have Apollo for Brokers, an app for brokers to carry out farmer-related duties and Apollo Checkout, which helps farmers try numerous Apollo merchandise. With these two apps, I am aiding Apollo Agriculture to make financing for small-scale farmers accessible to everybody.

What recommendation would you give somebody beginning of their developer journey?

Be good to your self as you be taught. The journey could be fairly exhausting at occasions however keep in mind to provide your self time. You’ll be able to by no means know all of the issues directly, so attempt to be taught one factor at a time. Do it persistently and it’ll repay within the very finish. Bear in mind additionally to affix present developer communities in your space. They assist loads!

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Richard Knowles, Android Developer

Richard Knowles

Android Developer

Los Angeles, CA

What Google instruments have you ever used?

I’ve been constructing Android apps since 2011, once I was in graduate faculty finding out for my Grasp’s Diploma in Laptop Engineering. I constructed my first Android app utilizing Eclipse which appeared to be an important device on the time, at the very least till Google’s Android Studio was launched for the primary time in 2014. Android Studio is such a strong and phenomenal IDE! I’ve been utilizing it to construct apps for Android telephones, tablets, smartwatches, and TV. It’s wonderful how the Android Accessibility Take a look at Framework integrates with Android Studio to assist us catch accessibility points in our layouts early on.

Which device has been your favourite to make use of? Why?

My favourite device by far is the Accessibility Scanner. As a developer with a listening to incapacity, accessibility is essential to me. I used to be born with a sensorineural listening to loss, and wore listening to aids up till I used to be 18 once I determined to get a cochlear implant. I’m a heavy closed-captioning person and I depend on accessibility each single day. After I was youthful, earlier than the smartphone period, even by the start of the smartphone period, it was difficult for me to totally take pleasure in TV or movies that didn’t have captions. I’m so glad that the world is beginning to adapt to these with disabilities and the notice of accessibility has elevated. In truth, I selected the software program engineering discipline as a result of I wished to create software program or apps that may enhance different folks’s lives, the identical manner that know-how has made my life simpler. Ensuring the apps I construct are accessible has all the time been my high precedence. This is the reason the Accessibility Scanner is one among my favourite instruments: It permits me to effectively take a look at how accessible my user-facing adjustments are, particularly for these with visible disabilities.

Please share with us about one thing you’ve constructed prior to now utilizing Google instruments.

As an Android engineer on Twitter’s Accessibility Expertise Group, one among our initiatives is to enhance the expertise of picture descriptions and using alt textual content. Do you know that if you put photographs in your Tweets on Twitter, you possibly can add descriptions to make them accessible to individuals who can’t see photographs? If sure, that’s nice! However do you all the time keep in mind to do it? Don’t fear if not – you’re not alone. Many individuals together with myself neglect to add picture descriptions. So, we carried out Alt Textual content reminders which permit customers to decide in to be notified once they tweet photographs with out descriptions. We even have been working to show alt textual content for all photographs and GIFs. What which means is, we are actually displaying an “ALT” badge on photographs which have related different textual content or picture descriptions. Usually, alt textual content is primarily used for Talkback customers however we wished to permit customers not utilizing a display screen reader to know which photographs have different textual content, and naturally permit them to view the picture description by deciding on the “ALT” badge. This characteristic helped obtain two issues: 1) Customers that will have low-vision or different disabilities that may profit from accessible different textual content can now entry that textual content; 2) Customers can know which photographs have different textual content earlier than retweeting these photographs. I personally love this characteristic as a result of it will increase the notice of Alt textual content.

What recommendation would you give somebody beginning of their developer journey?

What an thrilling time to begin! I’ve three ideas I would like to share:

1) Don’t begin coding with out reviewing the specs and designs fastidiously. Draw and map out the structure and technical design of your work earlier than you soar into the code. In different phrases, work smarter, not tougher.

2) Take the time to learn by the developer documentation and the supply code. You’ll turn out to be an professional extra shortly when you perceive what is occurring behind the scenes. Once you name a perform from a library or SDK, get within the behavior of trying on the supply code and implementation of that perform so that you could not solely be taught as you code, but in addition discover alternatives to enhance efficiency.

3) Find out about accessibility as early as doable, ideally similtaneously studying every thing else, in order that it turns into a behavior and never one thing it’s important to drive afterward.

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Lynn Langit, GDE/Cloud

Lynn Langit



What Google instruments have you ever used?

So many! My favourite Google Cloud companies are CloudRun, BigQuery, Dataproc. Favourite Instruments are Cloud Shell Editor, SSH-in browser for Compute Engine and Large Question Execution Particulars.

Which device has been your favourite to make use of? Why?

I really like to make use of the open supply Variant Transforms device for VCF [or genomic] information recordsdata. This device will get bioinformaticians working with BigQuery shortly. Researchers use the VariantTransforms device to validate and cargo VCF recordsdata into BigQuery. VariantTransforms helps genome-scale information evaluation workloads. These workloads can comprise a whole lot of 1000’s of recordsdata, tens of millions of genomic samples, and billions of enter data.

Please share with us about one thing you’ve constructed prior to now utilizing Google instruments.

I’ve been working with groups all over the world to construct, scale, and deploy a number of genomic-scale information pipelines for human well being. Current use circumstances are information evaluation in assist of Covid or most cancers drug improvement.

What recommendation would you give somebody beginning of their developer journey?

Anticipate to spend 20-25% of your skilled time studying in the course of your profession. All public cloud companies, together with Google Cloud, evolve always. Constructing successfully requires figuring out each cloud patterns and companies at a deep degree.



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