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Sunday : 05-15-16

Android Study Jam – Completed

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m really excited about my latest accomplishment. The local chapter of the Google Developer Group ( Hudson Valley) ran a Study Jam based on Udacity’s Android Development for Beginners to introduce people of any background to creating apps on Android back in March-April. I completed it and had been able to showcase my app off at an event at SUNY New Paltz.

I had been pretty nervous about signing up but incredibly excited because the organizers had been so passionate and advised that you didn’t have to have any recent experience in programming. I’ve programmed back when I was going for my Associate’s Degree but I never really pursued it any further. Programming always seems to keep coming back to me and I’ve always wanted to give it a try. This Study Jam gave me the jump start I needed and I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself.

The projects start out pretty easy. The very first one was making a Birthday Card App. I ended up making one for my Mom because at the time it had been pretty close to her birthday. After that we started to do slightly more complex layouts with a Score Counter App for Basketball, where I learned the difficulties of mixing various views and that XML is pretty awesome and can do even more than I had thought it could back in College.  After that, we ended up making an app that would help with ordering coffees, calculating the price and even sending a email to the “coffeeshop” with the details of the order. This was the most impressive because of the fact I only had to program something to call on another application not actually worry about how I was going to send the email too.

After the main apps were finished, the final part of the class was making our own Final Project. This part I think was the hardest for me because I had a million ideas and I had wanted to do EVERYTHING. However, editing is one of the most useful skills that I learned, especially just to show a working version of the app for our Showcase event. I ended up making an app to educate on the various steps of Home Brewing your own beer with some tips that I had learned from my own experiences brewing beer this last year. In the future I hope to add more to it like timers and calendar events to be a helpful resource to home brewers but I think for now I’ve learned an awesome new skill and I’m excited to see what else I’ll make.

Some of the other skills that I picked up were using GitHub  ( which I have an account and you can see the apps I created here) Here’s the certificate that I earned as well. I also got an awesome tee that the organizer’s made.   I also learned how to use Slack which is what we used to communicate in between the two events that we had to get through the entire class. It’s a really powerful tool and I’ll talk about it later in another post.

 

AndroidStudyJamCert

The group is also going to be doing another Study Jam, this time to learn Firebase. I’m excited and can’t wait.  Firebase is a really cool tool for live data requests in place of just using a regular database. There’s a lot built into the Android Studio Libraries with Firebase that makes it super powerful.

If you want to check out your Local Google Developer Group and see what they’re up to, here’s more information:
https://developers.google.com/groups/

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https://developers.google.com/groups/chapter/116637480947982055865/

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Tuesday : 04-02-13

Ideas For A Project

So, I’ve always had this want to start a podcast, video series, or Google hangout about technology. I haven’t really known where to start or what I should do for it. On one hand, I feel as if I could bring something unique because I really do enjoy talking and explaining technology. The other hand, however, I’m worried that this niche might just be too overwhelming for me to really be successful or distinguish myself from others. Though, sometimes if I wonder if I should just do it for me and not worry about being popular.  There are a lot of areas I could talk about and so much information that finding a starting point hasn’t been very easy for me. I keep thinking about doing something about Android because I’m passionate about it and know quite a bit.

These are the two reasons that’s made me really serious lately:
1) I got to go to Google NYC for an International Women’s Day Event! ( I am planning on writing a whole post on this)
2) My College has a Radio station and they’re asking for ideas.

After going to the event, I really felt that I needed to kick my butt in gear and begin to really start doing rather than getting nervous about everything. If my first one isn’t good…so what? If I sit here in planning mode the entire time it will never get done. I loved hearing these women talk and they inspired me. I really want to be inspiring to others.

So for the College Radio Station, I was contemplating pitching an idea for a Technology Talk Show. I really don’t have a name for it, or what it would always focus on. I was contemplating just doing a basic topic such as Tablets or Phones and discussing features and the best ones to considering purchasing for a college student.

I’d love to hear from anyone on suggestions or comments on this one. If you have an idea on topics it would be great. I’d love to look at them and give them a shot for you!


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