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Doug Stevenson
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Google. Firebase. Android.
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I don't always chew gum, but when I do, I make it awkward for everyone.

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Wow, G+ makes it look like I'm the most important thing about this blog post about Firebase Test Lab for Android!  (I'm not.)
Spot problems before you publish your Android app with #Firebase Test Lab. You don’t have to write a single line of code to get started. https://goo.gl/uf95Dr

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It's super easy to get started with Firebase on Android!  But don't just take my word for it. See what this guy has to say...
Start building your Android app with Firebase today! Get started quickly with this guide by Doug Stevenson.

#IntroducingFirebase

https://goo.gl/aAv5SP

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Google I/O 2016 just ended last week, and it was my first time as a Googler AND as a speaker! I/O was amazing this year, and I got a taste of what it's like to plan and execute such a giant event. (It was exciting but exhausting!)

My team's big product announcement this year is the new Firebase suite of tools for cross-platform mobile application development. I gave two talks at I/O - one technical "deep dive" for the Android tools, and another talk about how you can make use of all 15 Firebase components to build out apps. You can watch the recordings here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BftyfmILbrM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJqakuas_6g

Also, my team of Developer Advocates helped write and voice some slick animated videos describing how Firebase components work. I scripted and did the voice-overs for these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O17OWyx08Cg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ZEEX1x17k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyjqozrEPY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7mlLVAkcfU

It was great seeing what the illustrator and animator did to visualize my thoughts about these products. In fact, the entire video production team was amazing!

If you end up using Firebase for anything, please drop me a line and let me know what you built! I loved hearing from developers at I/O about what they were doing and I'm sure Firebase will provide an excellent platform for their projects!

#io16   #firebase  

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I’m experimenting with Kotlin on Android. See what I’m up to in this blog post! https://goo.gl/Jomq8G

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Hot on the heels of platinum pioneer comes platinum explorer!

Road tripped with +Richard Pino up through Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Davis, Woodland, and Sacramento for over 900 uniques, then topped off with a trip to Santa Cruz the next day.  Whew!
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2014-07-27
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This post is primarily directed at those in my Ingress community, but even if you don't play, there might be something interesting in here for you.

I've been playing Ingress for over a year now, and it's been a blast!  My whole life I've played all varieties of games both solo and with other people, but Ingress is something very different.  With many games, the world you interact with is a purely virtual construction, or the situation is imagined with game boards and pieces.  But with Ingress, the playing field is the actual world.  Having to get up off the sofa and get moving is certainly a different concept in gaming!

Truth be told, I've been vocal among my Enlightened team communities about how flawed the game is from a variety of perspectives.  I'm not going to dwell on that right now, but I've recently rediscovered the underlying purpose of the game, which is the whole getting-up-off-the-sofa thing but taken to a greater extreme: travel and discovery.

Last night I obtained my biggest in-game achievement -- Platinum Pioneer.  That means I've captured 5000 portals, which is no small task!  To put that into perspective, here's a list of cities in the San Francisco bay area where I have captured many, if not all, of the major clusters of portals:

Saratoga
Campbell
San Jose
Cupertino
Sunnyvale
Mountain View
Los Altos
Palo Alto
Redwood City
San Carlos
Belmont
Foster City
San Mateo
Burlingame
Millbrae
San Bruno
South San Francisco
Daly City
San Francisco (but I still have a lot left to visit!)
Oakland
Berkeley
Martinez
Pleasant Hill
Walnut Creek
Lafayette
Danville
Dublin
Pleasanton
Livermore
Tracy
Manteca
Stockton
Hayward
Union City
Newark
Fremont
Milpitas

In addition, I captured many of the Boston and Cambridge area portals.

As a side benefit, the Platinum Pioneer achievement also pushed me to Level 14!

None of this could have been done without the support of my awesome south bay ENL community, especially +Donna Berthelette and +April Tse for supplying me with loads of xmp prior to my big road trip weekend, and +John Paul Kruszewski in Boston who gave me a driving tour of the best places to play in Boston!

Even though I've been playing for over a year, a vast majority of my captures were done just this past month, and specifically this past week when I had time to do some road tripping.  My stats show that I have 3300 unique portal captures in the past month and 5350 total unique portal visits!

Truth be told, a vast majority of the portals out there are not really all that interesting.  It remains to be seen if Belmont painted fire hydrants, memorial benches, or exercise equipment are going to enrich my life experience.  I suspect not.  But the process of navigating to them was most certainly an experience worth having.

Anyway, I'm writing this post to brag a bit, of course, but also to inspire anyone hoping to achieve the same thing.  If you're an Enlightened player in the bay area, you know that you're greatly outnumbered and that most areas are regularly controlled by the Resistance.  But that downside is actually a upside if you're looking for unique captures, since there are frequently targets available for capturing!  If you're not able to put the effort into all the farming and smashing needed, you can also just go for unique portal visits (I'm at 8323).  But in my opinion, smashing the blue and capturing it all is easier and more fun!  Either way, you'll get to go to cities and places you'd not normally consider.  The only real requirements are time, a reliable car, and gas money.  And the desire to get out there and capture all the things!
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2014-07-09
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Finally, a taxonomy for time travel movies!

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I'm speaking at AnDevCon Boston at the end of May!  $500 early registration discount ends on March 8.  Get an even bigger discount using my speaker code "STEVENSON".  #AnDevCon #AndroidDev  
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