Hello everyone! We’ve had a pretty busy month, Hackathon preparation Workshops, big shipping dates and late nights for the whole organizing team, as well as various Hackathon involvements.
Our next Hackathon Preparation Workshop will be the 28th of September, and our Big Monthly Meetup will be Wednesday the 30th. This month, we like to thank the people at CloudOps who are graciously hosting us.
CloudOps – 420 Rue Guy, Montréal, QC H3J 1S6
We’ll be starting at 18h, and we have two talks.
Vous avez sûrement entendu parler de RxJava ou RxAndroid, ce framework qui fait de plus en plus d’adeptes.
Mais de quoi s’agit-il en réalité ? Comment l’utiliser et qu’est-ce que cela peut apporter au développement d’une application ?
You may have heard about RxJava or RxAndroid, a framework getting more and more attention.
But what does it really do ? How can you use it and what could it bring to your application development ?
Simon est un passionné du petit bonhomme vert. Après avoir travaillé quelques années dans le domaine de la télévision numérique, il s’est rapidement tourné vers le développement mobile.
Aujourd’hui il est directeur de Sidereo à Montréal, une agence spécialisée dans le mobile et l’internet des objets.
Simon is a fan of the little green robot. After working a few years in the digital TV business, he quickly moved to mobile application development.
He is now the manager of Sidereo in Montreal, an agency specialized in mobile applications and the Internet of Things.
The new Android Marshmallow permissions model is a big change for the platform. From now on, users will be able to decide exactly what permissions they want to allow applications to use. With this change comes a series of new challenges (and opportunities) for Android developers to handle (and explore).
Hey There! My name is Philippe Breault, I am a software developer living in Montréal (Canada) and my job/hobby is Android. I have been working on the Android platform since 2010 and I hope that sharing what I have learned will help people get proficient in Android faster!
Etienne is a software developer who’s worked on all tiers (server, web, mobile and embedded) of large scale software platforms. He’s been the Android team lead for PasswordBox, which was acquired by Intel Security in 2014. He is now Android team lead for TrueKey, Intel’s digital identity manager.KEEP READING
We’ve had our first iteration of the Hackathon Prep Workshop. Here are some important links we’ve shared for reference:
Monday June 29 2015
Google 1253 McGill College #150, Montréal,(QC)
For those who missed Google I/O and for those who want to learn more about the new things announced at the event, here is a special GDG post I/O!
Slack group: http://android-montreal.com/slack
Design support library: Coming soon
Intro to DataBinding API: https://goo.gl/j3J2Yt
Google I/O Summary: Coming soon
###by Marcos Damasceno
Google I/O this year brought us what everybody was waiting for since Material Design was announced: The Android Design Support Library. Now many of the Material Design common Patterns like the FAB button, Tabs, Snackbar, CollapsedToolbarLayout and many more features are available for easy use in your apps.
In this talk we’ll do a deep dive into the library, how to take advantage of the main new components available, why they are important and how to bring consistency to your app.
Marcos is an Android Craftsman at Mirego and Droidcon Montreal organizer. He loves simple and beautiful UX and UI and has his attention always focused to small details and what makes mobile apps great. A passionate about Start Ups, Marcos already attended to many start up weekends and hackathons in Sao Paulo, San Francisco and Montreal and currently serves as a mentor for some successful Brazilian apps like Mobills (+1M downloads). He has been playing around with mobile since 2010, worked in many significant android apps as well as on the backend side for the Brazilian market. Marcos already had the opportunity to speak at big conferences before and it’s active in the Android community. Marcos recently led the development of a big consumer’s product android tablet app currently used by Sony US and now do great stuff with an amazing team at Mirego.
You can find Marcos on Twitter.
An early look at the Data Binding Library. Data binding basically allows you to bind your model to relevant view elements. Changes to the model will be reflected in your UIs, and vice-versa.
The judicious use of this library promises to dramatically reduce the amount of boilerplate that is traditionally needed when coding Android UIs.
We’ll also see how the library compares to a ButterKnife + RxJava data binding implementation.
Etienne is a software developer who’s worked on all tiers (server, web, mobile and embedded) of large scale software platforms. He’s been the Android team lead for PasswordBox, which was acquired by Intel Security in 2014. He is now Android team lead for TrueKey, Intel’s digital identity manager.
You can find Étienne on LinkedIn.
In this talk we will review what was revealed in Google I/O and discuss about the new technologies and the impact on user and developper. Of course, we will talk of the keynote of ATAP that surprised a lot of people.
François is one of the mobile gurus at Bell Canada. He jumped in the Android bandwagon in 2009 when segmentation was just a mere theoretical concept on Android OS. He’s also co-organizer of the GDG Android Montreal, gave various talks on the Montreal scene in the past.
You can find François on LinkedIn.
Laurence is a mobile software developer at Bell Canada. She is a recently graduated engineering student who created with other students the official university application of the university École de technologie supérieure. She also participated to the creation of the application Grand Pool RDS and RDS Go. She started the first interuniversity and intercollegiate competition in mobile, ApplETS Mobile Challenge
You can find Laurence on LinkedIn.
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Nice video showcasing the Google Design Sprint we held back in April with our GDG, right before DroidCon Montreal.KEEP READING
McKibbin’s 1426 Bishop St, Montréal, (QC)
It was announced this morning that the Canadians will be playing Wednesday!!
Our reservation has been changed for Tuesday the 5th!!
We’ll be exploring the following patterns:
Yucef developed a passion for Android development two years ago, and has since built a strong understanding of the full stack Android development process. For efficiency and consistency, he strictly adheres to Google’s developer and design guidelines, Google Play Developer Program Policies, as well as sound object-oriented-design principles.
You can find Yucef on LinkedIn.
The talk is about how I became a happy Android developper with Mortar, Flow and Dagger 2. I won’t go into the details of how to implement those 3 libraries, as one talk wouldn’t be enough. I will give my feedback, the pros and cons, the overall picture of how things work, etc.KEEP READING
April 8th from 10h00 to 17h00
175 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest Montréal, QC
DroidCon Montreal and GDG Android Montreal proudly present Design/Hack.
Targeted towards Android developers and UX designers, this is a one day workshop where people
form ad-hoc teams, design an app concept and build a prototype using ‘off-the-shelf’ services and APIs.
As this is a workshop concept, teams are formed on site, subjects are assigned. You’ll benefit
from expert mentoring and advice throughout the day.
All participants are expected to bring their laptops with a fully working Android Studio development
environment. (I.E. You should already be able to run things off a physical device or an emulator.)
We welcome junior Android developers, but we recommend a minimum of experience with the platform
if you want to get the most out of the day.
The team with the Best App concepts will received tickets DroidCon, where they’ll be able to
network with internationally renowned Android professionals. There might also be some surprises 🙂
Adapted from the Google Venture “Design Sprint Playbook”. You will learn how to rapidly
explore new ideas, and go from concept to prototype in record time.
– DIVERGE / DECIDE
– PROTOTYPE / VALIDATE
We’ll give a short introduction to various rapid development tools and APIs. We’ll then
teach you a method to efficiently work as a team with short iterative cycles, without sacrificing
You’ll then demo the work accomplished, and our mentors and panel of professionals
will review your progress and give you pointers and hints to bring your idea to the next level.
– PLAN / DEV / INTEGRATE LOOP
We’d like to send our thanks and gratitude to our hosts for this event, Desjardins :
Tuesday March 24th 2015
McKibbin’s 1426 Bishop St, Montréal, (QC)
Our meetup this month will be at McKibbins. With DroidCon Montreal coming up very soon, we have a packed line up!
We’ve got more events lined up in view of DroidCon! (PALAIS DES CONGRÈS
/APRIL 9-10TH 2015)
What happens when your Android mobile device does not have a network connection? That device will have no content, no experience and the amazing application that you spent so much effort to build just simply will not work.
This talk would be around the implementation story of creating offline and online applications on Android Mobile.
The journey begins with NoSQL database modeling and what we can do with a NoSQL technology for mobile. The session will go through how to create data object model relations, design for performance in difficult areas with no signal, and how to develop a local Android NoSQL datebase that syncs to the cloud.
We will go over code on how to have your mobile application function offline without relying on the network. You will gain knowledge in NoSQL databases technologies and walk away with insights on how to create offline type of applications that to sync to the cloud.
Couchbase Mobile is a thin client library that would help developers with their mobile projects in creating a local data layer for offline user experience and will provide fast sync capabilities when there is available network connectivity.
In this talk you will have an introduction to what will be presented at Droidcon Montreal about Spannables http://www.droidcon.ca/speakers/36.
Philippe and Éric will talk about a very delicate subject: The Android Touch System. This talk will set up the bases for what Philippe Breault will present at Droidcon Montreal http://www.droidcon.ca/speakers/16
The subject says it all! Mobile VR is coming very strong, Google last year introduced the Cardboard, Samsung has its own VR Device and HTC and Valve are entering the game with something that looks stunning. Come to this talk and get a taste of what they will present at Droidcon Montreal. http://www.droidcon.ca/speakers/47
Lollipop is around for a good time already but many things that were introduced are not being used very much, like Animation Transitions, Recycler View and more. We will be doing an introduction of what is coming at Droidcon Montreal from Marcos and Michael http://www.droidcon.ca/speakers/48 http://www.droidcon.ca/speakers/31
William is a Developer Advocate on the Mobile Engineering/Developer Experience team at Couchbase. His love for coffee and code has transcended him into the world of mobile while appreciating the offline in-person experiences.
Prior, William worked on the Developer Relations team over at Twitter, BlackBerry, and Microsoft while also having been a Software Embedded GPS engineer at Research In Motion.
William graduated from McGill University in Electrical Software Engineering
Mike is a senior software architect with over 20 years of professional software development experience. Five of those years relating specifically to Android. During those years, he has developed a passion for Android and a rich knowledge of its APIs and inner workings.
Philippe is a software engineer from Mirego that has been passionate about android for the past 5 years. He spends a lot of time trying to find better ways to develop great apps, sometimes blogs at www.developerphil.com
Eric is a software developer at Mirego, where he started working on Android apps in 2012. He has contributed to many interesting projects and developed a passion for optimizing application development through choosing the correct tools and approaches.
François is one of the mobile gurus at Bell Canada. He jumped in the Android bandwagon in 2009 when segmentation was just a mere theoretical concept on Android OS. He’s also co-organizer of the GDG Android Montreal.
Laurence de Villers:
Laurence de Villers is a young rising star in the mobility business and currently works at Bell, she can produce a app faster than you can think of a title for it.
Marcos is an Android Craftsman at Mirego. He’s working with Android since 2010 and he already had the opportunity to speak at big conferences like The Developer’s Conference, DevFest Sao Paulo and now most recently at Droidcon New York.
Lead Mobile Engineer at Frank & Oak, also currently working on the new API that will feed the mobile, web and POS clients as the online and physical worlds collide in retail. He’s a passionate about E-Commerce and the overall mobile shopping experience. (edited)
The Meetup this month will be held at Notman House, one of the most popular locations in Montreal for tech community events 🙂
We’ll have a talk on mobile security by Mohamad Elserngrawy and a talk on drawables and UI by Marcos Paulo Damasceno.
Wednesday February 25th 2015
The topic abstract: I will present a new screenshot attack CaptureMe to expose the user credential (Card ID and password) from mobile banking applications on Android platform.
Words about me: I’m a Researcher and Software Engineer has 8 years of experiences in software design and development. In the last 3 years I focused my research on mobile platform security especially with Android platform.
Talk description: A very useful and powerful feature of android that developers sometimes ignore or use it wrong. The small details of your app is what make it amazing, in this presentation we will talk about how Shapes, Layer-Lists and more can make your UI jump to another level and amaze your users. All that without being a rockstar designer!
Bio: Marcos is an Android Craftsman at Mirego, one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies.
He loves simple and beautiful UX and UI and has his attention always focused to small details and what makes mobile apps great. A passionate about Start Ups, Marcos already attended to many start up weekends and hackathons in Sao Paulo, San Francisco and Montreal and currently serves as a mentor for some successful brazilian apps.
He has been playing around with mobile since 2010, worked in many significant android apps for the brazilian market in the backend and mobile stack. Marcos already had the opportunity to speak at big conferences in Brazil like The Developer’s Conference and DevFest Sao Paulo.
Marcos moved to Montreal in 2013, where he led the development of a big consumer’s product android tablet app currently used by Sony US and now do great stuff with an amazing team at Mirego.
You can follow Marcos at:
We’ve had a blast this last Wednesday at the January Meetup, and we wanted to send out a little follow up email on some subjects we touched upon
I’d like to say a quick thank you to everyone who volunteered to give a talk over the next couple of month, we’ll be contacting you this week to try and schedule the February and March lineups, and give you a chance to prepare.
I personally received a lot of positive feedback during the Meetup for the idea of organizing App Design Workshops, and to explore some mobile-friendly Client-Server Architecture setups.
We’ll be polling you in the coming weeks to pick between our different subjects, and different timing options (Evening sessions, or week-end afternoon sessions? TBD…)
We have a lot of very exciting events coming up, let us know if you want to see your event in a future posting:
Want to organize a carpool to attend outside conferences? Would like to discover a new city with the gang? Here’s some promising outside events on our radar:
The Meetup this month will take place at the top floor of McKibbin’s, a nice venue with decent acoustics i.e. Where we can hear ourselves talk 😉
We’d like to discuss the following with the group:
“An App for Grandma” operates continuously and autonomously, it requires no input from the user (typically an elderly person unwilling to press any buttons).
The “TimeActionQueue” schedules many different kinds of events:
Things you need in a TimeActionQueue:
Debugging aid for coping lots of enums by getting the names of enums into the debug log.
Question getting from static functions to non-static methods in an Activity?
Recent studies have consistently shown that latencies in the order of a 100 milliseconds can have fairly big impacts on usage patterns. Worse yet, the effects of latency exposure tend to linger on. Once your users are exposed to it, it can take weeks before they go back to their original usage pattern!
This highlights how important it is to optimize your UI. Thankfully you have multiple tools on Android that can help you achieve this.
In this session, we’ll look at the Hierarchy Viewer and how to use it (and some other onboard debugging tools) to create truly responsive UI and UX.
We’ll also take a look at the basics of Custom View creation, and how to define custom-made XML attributes to leverage the Android Interface editor.KEEP READING