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Girl Develop It's Java Study Group is having an Android Studio install fest tonight!
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G. Hussain Chinoy
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The world's first-ever Go Challenge starts off on 1st March 2015. Matt Aimonetti is setting the first challenge.

Nathan Youngman has agreed to set the guidelines for evaluation. Jacques Fuentes, Jiahua Chen, Jyotiska NK, Niket Patel, Nishant Modak, Piyush Verma and Pravin Mishra have all agreed to go thro' all the submitted solutions of a challenge. They will comment and rank these solutions.

We need more Gophers interested in evaluating the submitted challenge solutions.

Interested? Please ping me.
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Brian Sturgill
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I covered part of this in my last post here about Polymer.
This is a more formal exposition of Polymer problems.
 
Launching a new blog.
It's about what's the next usable thing in software development.

My first post is about the current state of Web Components and Polymer. Polymer has serious issues, but I hold out hope for Web Components in general.

My second post (later this week) will contain a solution for giving you webcomponent-like mechanisms now, in a way that should make it easier to move to more full-fledged ones later.
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Business Innovation Conference, in Fort Collins - today!

sorry for the very late notice!
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Ask questions of some Google developer advocates
 
Possibly the biggest GDG Sydney meetup ever! We'll have many members of the Google Developer Relations team in Sydney next week and this meetup will host several of them for one huge event. 

Topics include:-
* Wearables
* Material design
* Polymer & Web Components
* Living room
* Automotive

We'll be having a fireside chat with the Developer Advocates on the night, so please send us your questions via this Moderator page. 

https://www.google.com/moderator/#16/e=21c450

Some of the Developer Advocates coming to the event include:-
* +Ankur Kotwal 
* +Alex Danilo 
* +Rich Hyndman 
* +Timothy Jordan 
* +Nick Butcher 
* +Paul Kinlan 
* +Magnus Hyttsten (Google Play Services Rocks!)
* +Roman Nurik 

Space is strictly limited so please make sure you register via meetup.com
http://www.meetup.com/gdgsydney/events/219925607/
January GDG Meetup
Tue, January 27, 6:00 PM GMT+11
Google Sydney

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01/31/2015 9a - 6p hackathon on open source projects @ CSU

Join HP and CodeMontage as we welcome university students, the software development community, and social good project leaders together for a day of coding to improve the world.

Make a difference on real projects. CodeMontage works with non-profits and social good organizations to bring you featured projects that are proven to make a difference in people's lives. Your code will make an impact on the world.
 
Build your portfolio by doing good. We'll contribute to projects that have open source, publicly visible codebases, so you can share the code you've worked on with friends, fellow coders, and potential employers after the event.
 
Meet a diverse group of coders. We believe diversity is essential to productive teams and to human progress. We encourage women, people of color, and coders of all ages, genders, races, and backgrounds to collaborate in an inclusive environment.
 
Get inspired. We’ll learn about meaningful technology projects and hear from inspiring speakers, including technical leaders from HP and the founder of CodeMontage.

Here are the list of projects: https://www.codemontage.com/projects

h/t Girl Develop It! Fort Collins
http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-Fort-Collins/events/219790219/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1
Join HP  and CodeMontage  as we welcome university students, the software development community, and social good project leaders together for a day of coding to improve the world. Make a difference on real projects.  CodeMontage works with non-profits and social good organizations to bring you featured projects  that are proven to make a difference in people's lives. Your code will make an impact on the world.   Build your portfolio b...
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Brian Sturgill
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Recently I signed up to be emailed this O'Reilly newletter. I generally avoid such things, but this one has had consistently interesting contents all over the spectrum of "Web" development.
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G. Hussain Chinoy
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Moar #cardboard now with Unity!
 
Cardboard and your phone make serious fun. We've got a fresh round of updates for Cardboard users, developers, and makers.
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Here's a tutorial on building custom Android view components that can be easily updated whenever new data is available to drive them.
    One common scenario for applications is displaying a UI that is driven by event data. In this tutorial I will go over a very useful technique that I work with almost daily, which I learned from one of the incredibly talen...
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A peek into the future of chrome from the Chrome Dev Summit that happened last week.
 
2 days of #ChromeDevSummit videos now live

We've added recordings of day 2 of the Chrome Dev Summit to our playlist. Just in time for your weekend viewing pleasure!
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Oh, one other area that struck me as important.
If you want to make your web app work offline, there's a ton of new help on the way. Look for talks like future of apps/make your apps appy.
Also talked about was ways to make your app better integrated. Probably by next I/O Google will have out ways to make a website like Facebook that wants to be on Android, just be a link to their web site. Ways are provided to make lots of stuff properly cached and also integrated into Android so that it appears like you've written a native app.
This will be really cool when it all gets there.
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Welcome! This is a discussion area for the Google Developer Groups in Northern Colorado. We have meetings usually the first week of the month on topics ranging from Android to web apis and frameworks. We're hoping to have primarily GDG members from the area, but we welcome other surrounding GDGs and even far flung GDG members to participate!
 
I have made a package that will give you the benefits of #WebComponents without the need to have all that new browser functionality like you need for #Polymer . It is slightly less elegant than the Polymer solution, but it doesn't interfere with you using your favorite framework/event handler/templating and data-binding solutions.
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Even if Polymer goes 1.0 next quarter, it probably isn't appropriate for real commercial use. The linked-to article explains a lot. I've also seen Mozilla raise concerns about Shadow DOM. I really think it very unlikely that Shadow DOM will fly in its current form. #Google  is putting shockingly little thought into the future effect of some of the mechanisms it is proposing.

One simple example, the /deep/ combinator. They use this 46 times on the 'html' element in the "layout.html" that is part of Polymer. What that means is that ANY style change to ANY element in your DOM will have to be checked against all 46 rules. Now imagine several packages using that facility in every page in every tab. It's likely a bad idea.

I still believe that Web Components are a good idea, but Polymer is much too ill-thought out for me to buy-in. Major parts are unlikely to make it through the standards process.

The same guy also wrote this article:
http://developer.telerik.com/featured/web-components-ready-production/
It basically says that document.registerElement is ready for use. This is what lets you make custom tags. (IE 9+ needed.) You probably want to use the alternate polyfill for it, rather than the one that comes with webcomponents.js. (He explains why in the article.) If you want to make web components now, this is probably your way forward.
Web components are the new hotness. And now that a complete web components implementation landed in Chrome 36, we finally have stable, unprefixed, unflagged version to try out. But, although web components are certainly something to be excited about, and a technology worth experimenting with, that doesn’t mean that they’re ready to use in your …
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Hello everyone, I wanted to share this resource to you if you are someone who is interested in learning to build apps for Android, this youtube channel will contain all of my lecture note videos for the in-person class. Over the next 8 weeks I will post several various Android tutorials from beginner to intermediate topics. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg-xihUyTn6FnBZfVmaJisA
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Great stuff Jen, I look forward to seeing the rest of them!
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An update on Polymer's status.
It looks like it will go version 1.0 in the second quarter.
I kind of believe this. It's increasingly looking finished.
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I'm still a novice, but this sounds interesting!
 
"The Gopher Gala is the first worldwide Go hackathon"
Learn more about it in our latest blog post.
http://blog.golang.org/gophergala
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I used to believe flexbox was hard... then I read this.
 
A truly good introduction to flexbox.
Way too many bad ones out there.
I actually though it was hard to use... but this explanation makes it easy!

Really, I'm a bit miffed with #Polymer , they have these attributes that you can add to elements, but are ill-explained. The attributes give me a number of problems... First, they violate CSS's principle of separation of style and content (which I'm not sure I agree with, but it is the prevailing principal). Second, they are not name-spaced in any fashion... if you lived through the early days of web development, you can just see the trouble coming. Third, they seem not to work consistently. It could just be the poor documentation, but they work some places and don't work others -- it gets frustrating. Finally... why is Polymer even doing this? It's not like flexbox is that hard! It's also not like it even really fits in with Polymer's mission.
A blog post about CSS3, HTML5, Flexbox and Layout from Greg Smith at Bocoup.
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Android Wear watch faces are official #wear
 
The update for Android Wear to 5.0 is now rolling out to watches, and we are pleased to announce that the official Android Wear Watch Face API is now available for developers. With support for custom watch faces, users have even more ways to personalize their watches, and developers have the ability to create all kinds of new experiences. For more information, including how watch faces work and how to deploy them, check out the blog post by +Wayne Piekarski at http://goo.gl/eJvubC and the video below by +Timothy Jordan

#AndroidDev   #AndroidWear  
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Someone make me a star trek tricorder watch face
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GDI Fort Collins roundtable - From Dev Bootcamps to Degrees
Weds, Dec 10, 6-830, Community Room, Council Tree Branch Poudre Library
Looks like a great one!
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Brian Sturgill
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An early look at AngularJS 2.0.
I'm actually a bit concerned -- it's like a whole new way of doing things, yet not as easy as Polymer.
I'm very interested in what others opinions about this are.
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#Golang  getting popular.
Adoption of Google's programming language is rapidly gaining on Java and others.
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