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Carlos Vega
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Looking forward to this talk.
 
Matt Wear is back to talk about writing Android Apps in Kotlin. Last time Matt spoke he showed us how to build an Android Wear app that called his mom (literally, her phone number was included in the sample code). Now he's coming to talk about Kotlin. This will be fun.

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"A few months ago I started a rewrite project for a client, and they agreed to let me use Kotlin despite the fact I had never written anything substantial in the language prior. I thought it would be fun to learn something new, but was surprised by how much more productive this new tool made me. In this talk you will learn about Kotlin, my experience writing a real production app in it, and why you should give it serious consideration.

Kotlin is a language developed by JetBrains for the JVM. It includes language features such as lambdas, data classes, extension methods and null safety, that will make even the best developer write more accurate, easier to read and maintain code. I plan to give everyone a working understanding of the syntax, features, risks and most importantly what I learned from building a production app in Kotlin. The only prerequisite for the talk will be a decent."
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Another very useful Android contribution from +Jeff Gilfelt​ :)
 
I forked the Asset Studio and added L style launcher icon support. It's not perfect, but all the material keyline shapes and a couple of shadow effects are available.

http://jgilfelt.github.io/AndroidAssetStudio/icons-launcher.html

#AndroidDev #AndroidDesign
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Great tips to adjust to change and/or be successful at employing change in your life.
By Leo Babauta. The mind is a wonderful thing. It's also a complete liar that constantly tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us, and stops many great changes in our lives. Scumbag mind. I've had to learn to watch these rationalizations and excuses very carefully, ...
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Having some fun with the awesome Fragment app (http://goo.gl/u5EsnJ) made by +Ryan Harter. Great way to make wallpapers... or cover art if you're in a rock band. Ha! Give it a try!
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The remodeled Alamo Drafthouse in South Lamar finally opened!!! Loving The Shining rendition!!
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Creepy awesome!
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+Michael Vogt​ They pushed a fix today. :)
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Great advice for junior developers!
 
My tips to junior developers

Every now and again, I get contacted by junior developers looking for tips on how they can become the awesome hackers they want to be.

My advice is usually this:

Code. The only way to take your technical skills to the next level is to code a lot, all the time. There's no way around it. Practice, practice, practice.

Read code. As a developer, you'll be reading code most of the time. Find efficient strategies to understand code written by other developers.

Write. The ability to clearly express and debate technical ideas is a hugely important skill in our craft. Again, practice is key. Write about your work.

Never settle. Join teams in which you'll be constantly pushing yourself to be a better developer.

And I think the best way to do these things is to contribute to open source projects :-)
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Great stuff! I hope to apply and interview at some places in summer 2015, so I'm gathering information like this and asking devs what I should study up on for interviews. 
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I find some of the comments contradicting.  If they are so concerned about users' privacy and their customers are not a product then why bring Facebook and Twitter integration to Mac OS X?  These companies run the very same business model that Apple claims they don't operate by.
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my point is:
The food is free, girls dont pay and drinks have refills !!!!!! :D
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Great continuation of +brian griffey discussion on how +HomeAway Android app is architected in terms of Views without Fragments.
 
No fragments, rich reviews. Development at HomeAway part 2.
Brian Griffey. {{link.name}}
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Great article, thanks for sharing.
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The best movie-watching experience in Austin!
 
Take a Tour of the Coolest Movie Theater on Earth
Here at Film School Rejects, we love the Alamo Drafthouse. We’re not sorry about it, either. When it comes to reviewing movies, we generally don’t play favorites. Objectivity usually wins the day and movies are judged on their own merits. When it comes to where we see those movies, all bets are off and the nearest Alamo Drafthouse location is at the top of our list. What’s not to love? They will serve us food and drink during the movie, they have...
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Went with +Stephanie Flores today to Classic Game Fest (http://www.classicgamefest.com) and saw this custom built arcade setup. You can customize the color of the box, choose between 15 and 17" display as well as add the illuminated joystick/buttons. Comes with about 60 games (Galaga, Contra, Mario Bros, etc). Price is $400 so I'll have to do some shopping around to decide if its really worth that kind of money. 
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Not sure if the guy (Pat Lucas) has a local shop since his business card didn't have an address. They go by Alamo Arcades (alamoarcades@yahoo.com, 210-789-1496).
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Went to +K1 Speed here in Austin to start my vacations with some kart racing fun!
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Nope. Don't want to speed up maintainance and/or mess up the car. :)
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Android developer at Chaotic Moon, rock climber and outdoors enthusiast.
Education
  • University of Puerto Rico
    B.S. Computer Engineering, 2003
  • University of Puerto Rico
    M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2005
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  • Chaotic Moon Studios
    Android Developer, present
  • Intel Corporation
    Design Engineer, 2007 - 2013
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