When Google announced their partnership with on an Android Development "nanodegree" at the last Google IO, some of us were pretty excited. I committed to jumping in and keeping you all up to date as a sort of journal of the experience.
I've been a professional developer in the past, but on completely different platforms. Because I wanted to make sure I was ready, I opted to take 's Android Development for Beginners (https://www.udacity.com/course/android-development-for-beginners--ud837) expecting it to be tedious but necessary.
After diving in, I shared with you how pleasantly surprised I was at the quality of the Beginners' course. Yes, in spots it was tedious given my previous knowledge, but largely it was interesting, engaging and helpful...
...until I got to the third (and final) lesson where I see that the program is incomplete.
So for about the past week my forward momentum has stalled. So very disappointing.
While I'm waiting for "early July", I've decided to take the How to use Git and Github course since I'm definitely pro-version control and have had little exposure with Git/Github as a developer.
Just in case any of you were wondering how things were going.
Android Studio (AS) has really matured in the last year. Eclipse is definitely more capable and therefore more complicated. If you're focused on Android specifically, then AS is the place to be.
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I have to admit, this is a catchy line. It appeals to the inner cynic in us all and makes a certain amount of sense in a core, "what can you do for me," type of thinking.
But it's hog-wash.
I work for Google so I follow the news about the company and I'm really tired of seeing that first line, or some variation of it, spouted by people who really don't care enough to want to think it through. It does not work that way!
Yes, Google is a company. And yes, Google is a reasonably large company (though not that large compared to the likes of IBM, GE, etc.). But though a company is a single entity in the eyes of the law, it is not run like that. Google is full of many thousands of individuals, many of whom are more rabid about user privacy than the privacy watchdogs that complain. I've watched them take Larry and Sergey to task on stage about the smallest things. I've done it twice myself. If the leaders of the company purposely violated our users' trust, there would be open revolt and the founders would be lucky to not find themselves strung up by their toes.
Everything Google does is done for our users. Your happiness is always the first priority, even above Ads. (I've seen this in both policy and various practical implementations.) You are not product; you are our customers! That's simply the way we view it and it permeates the company from bottom to top. Everything is done to make a better service for you.
Even Ads is viewed as a service to our users. Random ads are garbage. Useful ads are a benefit. Yes, it's also a benefit to our publishers and yes, it's also a benefit to our shareholders. Since when did win-win-win arrangements become a bad thing?
I won't claim that Google always gets it exactly right or that we haven't made mistakes. We don't and we have. And we admit it. And it will happen again. Sorry. But everything is done with the right intent even if it doesn't always work out as hoped. Hindsight is perfect.
Google is the most moral company in which I have ever worked. But guarding our users' privacy doesn't just make moral sense, it makes business sense. If we purposefully violated our users' privacy, we wouldn't have a business at all before very long.
At any rate, I don't have a problem with Bungie's promotion with Red Bull. I don't drink it, never bought it and don't plan on doing so just for this, but I'm sure there is probably some cross-over group who does.
Regardless, it's about marketing in the long run.
Same for Dying Light. I don't play that game at all, but why not take advantage of the situation. This is essentially free marketing for them since they aren't, AFAIK, making deals with anyone. Maybe there is some cost associated in giving away virtual goods that have value to some people, but even so... it has to be negligible.
Anyway, I like these quick little gaming insights you're doing, James. Looking forward to more.
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