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Kotlin & Android: A Brass Tacks Experiment, Part 1

Kotlin can do anything the Java language can do and more, but often with a more concise and pleasant syntax. This blog series and gets down and dirty with Kotlin’s best language features, to see if our Developer Advocate, Doug Stevenson, can make something truly useful.

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It's syntax is horrible compared to Groovy.
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Really digging non-suspending breakpoints in Android Studio. This lets you log to the console without pausing execution; it's great when debugging interactions like scrolling where pausing is really disruptive. You can also update your logged info without having to recompile/deploy.

Right click on a breakpoint (or ⇧+⌘/Ctrl+F8) and untick suspend, i've found the 'Log evaluated expression' helpful.

Think I heard this in this excellent talk but only recently started using it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2GC6P5hPeA&list=PLWz5rJ2EKKc_Tt7q77qwyKRgytF1RzRx8&index=18

Try it out. #AndroidDev #ProductivityMatters
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That's great! I love my conditional breakpoints :) 
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Way to go, DeepMind!
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London represent! 
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We've just pushed Android Studio 2.0 Preview 7 to the canary channel. This contains a number of bug fixes on top of preview 6, particularly in the Instant Run area (there is also a 2.0.0-alpha7 version of the Gradle plugin). This build also incorporates IntelliJ IDEA 15.0.3, which brings a number of critical IDE fixes from JetBrains.

http://tools.android.com/recent/androidstudio20preview7available
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The mentioned alpha 7 of the gradle plugin doesn't seem to be available https://jcenter.bintray.com/com/android/tools/build/gradle/
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Man kann Berlin nur lieben, aber das ist ja egal...
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Yay, +MaterialUp meetups are starting in London. The first will be on 23rd Feb hosted by +Novoda.

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The first in a regular series of events looking at the latest and greatest in Material Design. Pizza & Beer will be served at...
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8 cool clocks made from upcycled computer parts http://ow.ly/XyyJR
For those who would rather look at their wall for the time than their screen, these 8 cool clocks are made from upcycled computer parts.
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A little mind bending on Monday.
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Tons of great resources for getting kids interested in science

How to trick your kid into thinking STEM is fun.

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-your-kids-interested-in-stem-without-forcin-1751361598
Hopefully your kids are getting a great education in science, technology, engineering, and math at school, but chances are those classes aren’t enough to instill a lifelong interest in these fields for most kids. As parents, however, there are a lot of easy ways we foster a greater love of learning and exploration in STEM subjects in our children.
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Want to learn more about using machine learning? Check out this tutorial by Google for #TensorFlow over on #Udacity.
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