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The Google Assistant for Android developers – PART 1

Everybody knows about the Google Assistant, available on most Android and iPhone devices. As for “Hey Siri”, the well known “Ok Google” has entered common language. We probably all have already used it at least once if only to try it. However, the scope of its field of action and implementation seems to be mysterious for us developers. At least, it was for me until recently. Is it only a mobile feature? Can we use it in our application? What are the possibilities of interactions?…

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Android Material Components: Exploring MaterialShapeDrawable

Material Components is the (not so) new library made by the Material team to replace the old support design library. It provides components to apply Material Design in your application with ease. Among these components, you can find the famous FloatingActionButton, the CardView or the BottomSheet. But there are also some less known, nonetheless powerful, components. And one of them is the MaterialShapeDrawable.

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Keep your gradle dependencies up to date seamlessly

Keeping your dependencies up to date is not the funniest part of a project dev process. Especially if the dependencies list becomes long. However, it is crucial to keep your dependencies as possible close to the up-to-date versions available in order to benefit from the latest upgrades (such as bug fixes). The longer you wait, the harder the upgrade will be. So what if you receive an email every week to inform your team about the last version available of your projects dependencies? Some tools like Lint…

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An overview of RestKit, a Core Data enabled iOS and MacOSX framework for Restful applications

ASIHttpRequest, AFNetworking, MKNetworkKit,… The iOS/MacOSX programming landscape is full of helper libraries to deal with asynchronous network communications in your applications. RestKit can be seen as yet another library to do it. However, its approach is radically different since it does not only address asynchronous networking but also object mapping and a seamless persistance of such mappings locally through CoreData. This approach is quite interesting when it comes to interact with Restful web services because of the time (and code!) you can save. In this…

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Droidcon London 2011

This year, we had the opportunity to go to the Droidcon in London, a great conference about mobility and Android. The two-day event was organized like in 2010: a barcamp the first day, and conferences with great speakers the second one. Main topics were user experience and interface, Android development, mobile apps business and distribution.

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Droidcon London 2010

We were in London last week for the Droidcon 2010, a conference around Android and mobile development. It was a two-day event with a barcamp the first day and a more traditional conference the second day. Main topics were User Experience, Android development in general and a little about marketing. There were many topics during these two days but we decided to cover the ones that appeared more relevant to us.

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