Small correction to tonight’s agenda. Since the Kit Kat® Android™ OS release isn’t actually out, we’ll be doing a quick intro and demo of the Gradle build system, the Dagger injection lib, the Otto event bus lib and the ButterKnife view “injection” library.KEEP READING
Hello everyone, our next meetup will be taking place on 30th of October, 2013 at 18h30, in Notman House as usual.
We have a great guest this month, Macy Kuang, with a presentation on Google Glass. We’ll also have Etienne and Boris who will be doing quick ~20m introductions to the Gradle Build System and the new Android™ KitKat® Release.
Macy Kuang is the Founder of Miaomiao Games. She has worked on titles such as Modern Combat, Asphalt and Fashion Icon while at GameLoft. In addition to programming, Macy has been on the organizing committee for AndroidTO, the annual Android conference, and a regular contributor to the Google Developer Group, Toronto. Macy participated in the Google Glass Foundry in New York in February 2013 and is now a Google Glass Pioneer, working with developer versions of the hardware and associated APIs.
Google Glass has been on developers hands for over half a year, and this presentation will cover the fundamentals of the technology Including how it works, what its current capabilities and limitations are, and how to develop for it. The Google Glass hardware takes into account some unique considerations not commonly seen in most mass-market devices, including bone conduction for speech and audio transmission, gesture ‘wake-up’ and On-Head Detection. Along the lines of the development process for Google Glass, this session will address various implementations, leading with applications created by Glass Pioneers at the Google Glass Foundry (the Google Glass Developer Hackathon held in New York and San Francisco). Demonstration of existing apps on Google Glass will cover pros and cons emerging as Google Glass use cases transition from novelty and gimmick to practical utility.
Développeur Android @ La Presse
We’ll look into what’s new for the platform.
Android Lead Developer @ PasswordBox.com
A quick working demo aiming to show what’s now possible when building a project. Focused on using Gradle at the command line.KEEP READING
GDG Montreal Android is happy to announce the presentation videos from our DevFest 2013 Sunday Hack-Fair are finally up! We had two awards, a Public’s Choice Award and a Jury Attributed Grand Prize.
I can honestly say that the judges had a pretty hard time selecting a winner, we had quite a few good projects on display.
Our Jury’s choice award went to Avery Smith who presented his app HairPiq.
Hairpiq aims to bring barber posters into the mobile space. Users can take snaps of their favorite styles, Barbers can build portfolios of their best work. Throw social networking into the mix, and jury found the app’s potential very interesting.
Next, the public choice award went to RestoNet, by Jean Bagdoo.
Restonet acquires the City of Montreal’s public restaurant inspection data and displays it to the user in a set of 4 listview’s based on chronology, amount of fine, number of fines, and alphabetical order. Each listview row is clickable to display a detailed view of the offense, giving restaurant name, owner date , judgement date, fine, and more. (Soon to be available on the Play store.)
Our other presentations included:
ETS Mobile by the mobile apps development student club from ETS.
Gnito, an app that tries to bridge the gap between social networks and unify your online identity.
Map Marker, an app to help you simply drop markers at will on a Google map.
Wedding Guestbook, an app that allows guests at a wedding to record video messages for the happy couple.
You’ll find all the HackFair presentations on the following YouTube links:KEEP READING
We’re a bit late, we’ll be starting at around 10h30-11h
Hello everyone, a new GDG Android meetup is upon us! As you might know, we’re preparing for our DevFest 2013 event, taking place on September 21-22. Google has confirmed they’ll be sponsoring the catering for the week-end as well as providing prizes to HackFair participants.
The evening’s agenda is as follow:
The page for the Montréal Android DevFest is now up here. It will consist of CodeLabs for people who want to learn about Android, and a HackFair on Sunday, a venue for developers to show off their independent projects.
You have a killer idea you’d like to build for the fair? Come officially register your concept, and if you’re looking for people to help you realize your vision, pitch to the group to find new teamates.
As mentioned above, DevFest is being sponsored by Google. Build your web application or mobile backend on Google App Engine or Google Compute Engine? GDG members and attendees of the wednesday meetup will be offered a $2,000 credit!
Once again, I’m very happy to announce that we’re being sponsored by none other than the makers of IntelliJ, JetBrains! We’ll be having a draw for 1 Free License of IntelliJ IDEA.KEEP READING
Hello everyone, a new GDG Android meetup is upon us! As you might know, we’re starting up preparations for our DevFest 2013 event, taking place on September 21-22.
The DevFest will consists of CodeLabs where we hope to introduce people of all levels to key aspects of programming on Android. The actual content of the labs is yet to be determined, but the hope is to have something for every level, perhaps with the idea of showing people how to go from (simple) concept project all the way to the Play store.
The second part of the DevFest will be a HackFair, to take place Sunday PM. Think science fair, where participants expose their projects to the public, potentially with small prizes to be won. (Draws, popular vote, judges, etc.)
The interesting part about the HackFair is that we start the projects now, unlike the hackathon format, people are allowed and encouraged to work on their project in the months before the HackFair.
For the meetups leading to the event, we’ll be holding Hack Nights. For this first hack night, we’re asking people to bring a laptop, and get ready to do some coding. For this first hack night, the agenda is as follows:
All work and no play make for a dull evening, so our thanks to Mathieu Mea who will be demoing the OUYA, the new 100$ Android game console.
We’ll close the evening with a call for projects. You have a killer idea you’d like to build for the fair? You have 5 minutes (max) to pitch it to the group, then we’ll try to form teams to realize those ideas.
And just in time for Hack-Night, I’m very happy to announce that we’re being sponsored by none other than the makers of IntelliJ, JetBrains! We’ll be having a draw for 1 Free License of IntelliJ IDEA.
If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to sponsor the event, you can always find our latest contact information on our Google Plus Page.
Saturday Sept. 21
Sunday Sept. 22
Using SourceTree makes using git less of a chore. Very positive if you’re trying to bring team recruits who are used to SVN up-to-speed on git.
We’ll be demoing it’s use in our code example in a few minutes.
GitHub is the classic choice for free hosting if you don’t mind publishing your bright new idea to the world.
If you’re a bit more shy (What happens at StartupWeekend stays at StartupWeekend?) and would like to keep your big idea private, just use BitBucket.
It’s free for up to 5 users and supports Git or Mercurial. It also has nice collaboration features. (Good for post-hackathon follow up.)
Dropbox is a great tool, but if you’re like me you’vee reached the limit on that a while ago. You might be paying for extra space, but chances are members on your team are not.
Bittorent sync is a nice alternative. Just install it on your Mac or PC, add a folder to be synced. BT Sync will provide you with a key to share with the rest of your team, and presto, instant, unlimited, secure file sharing. Great for those bigger binaries or that pile of .pdf and design documents that don’t belong under git.
To be honest, we just wanted to give the non-coders an alternative to design screens and mockups. While preparing the demo, we started having doubts as to their pertinence in a hackathon.
As it stands, paper or the back of napkins are also great sketching tools. The main issue with formal UI tools like these is they dont enforce a platform’s design language. iOS has certain UX design patterns, Android has it’s own, and neither sketching tool really reflects these in their default toolbox.
Which brings us to the meatier part of our talk.
You can follow along the various steps on github.
Quick, where’s my .apk??
ant clean release
find . -name \*apk -lspoints to the useable .apk.
adb install your.apkto install
adb uninstall com.your.project.packagename your.apkto uninstall
“Easy” wins when/if time permits
Presented as part of Montréal Startup-Weekend, our session will concentrate on Android development, but should be of interest for mobile developer in general. We’ll be reviewing some of our favorite tools for rapid development. We’ll cover:
Where: Concordia University, EV Building, 1515 Ste-Catherine Ouest
When: July 13 at 3PM
Eventbrite for Wednesday’s meetup are live, hope to see you all there!
We have 2 subjects on the agenda this Wednesday
1 – Android Dongles
John Brohan, one of the founders of the original Android-Montreal, will be presenting the technology behind their Stay-in-Touch project this Wednesday:
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This is a presentation about “Android Dongles” which are small Android computers without a screen or battery, they use a television as a screen!
The presentation is more technical with an outline of the capabilities of these devices and then Stay-in-Touch as an example of an app that is well suited to these devices. Warning there are a few code samples, but it mostly relates to demonstrations or discussion of strategies for using these devices (mostly in this case without user input).
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2 – StartupWeekend.
StartupWeekend is taking place the week-end of the 11th and 12th of July.
We’ll be talking about and demoing good technologies and APIs to use at this type of event, and we might have a small surprise for people interested in participating. Also, if you’re interested in acting as a coach for the event, please come at Wednesday’s meetup and let us know.