Breaking the monolith to microservices is a well-known concept to make backend solutions extendable and maintainable in a scale, by bigger teams. Since mobile apps have become more complex, very often developed by teams of tens of software engineers this concept also grows in mobile platforms. There are many benefits from having apps split into modules/features/libraries:
- features can be developed independently
- project structure is cleaner
- building process can be way faster (e.g., running unit tests on a module can be a matter of seconds, instead of minutes for the entire project)
- great starting point for instant apps
In case you are struggling with multi-module Android project, I have created example app showing how to deal with things like:
- Dependency injection with Dagger 2
- Unit test
- Jacoco tests coverage report
Even if those are very basic things, it can take some time to make them working correctly in multi-module Android app. To have working solutions in one place, I have created example project on my Github account. There will be more over the time (proguard, instrumentation testing, instant apps). But even at this stage it is also worth sharing.
Just take a look: MultiModuleGithubClient. Your feedback is warmly welcomed!
Spring geekfest goes on. Around one week ago we could see Facebook F8, taking place at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center. Now, we are right after Google I/O 2018, probably the biggest developer and product conference (7000+ people attending), happening near to Googleplex, Mountain View. Here’s my short summary of what we could see in Shoreline Amphitheatre this year.
Continue reading “Google I/O 18 AI everywhere“
F8, the annual Facebook’s event intended for software engineers and entrepreneurs is over. If you couldn’t attend McEnery Convention Center in San Jose at May 1st to 2nd to get your 200$ Oculus Go for free, here are some takeaways from Zuck himself and the Facebook team.
If you quickly compare 2017 and 2018 you will realize that main theme is a bit different this time. “Keep building services for connecting people” now have the second part — “keep people safe”. And this was the starting point of Mark Zuckerberg’s show.
Continue reading “Facebook F8 2018 Data protection, AI ethics, people-first“
If you watch TED Talks it’s pretty likely that you have seen one of the most viewed presentations: “How great leaders inspire action” by Simon Sinek.
The model proposed by Simon explains where the leadership success comes from. Apple, Wright brothers, Martin Luther King — they all have one thing in common. Something that makes people follow them — their dreams, their vision, their plans.
It is the well-explained reason why.
Continue reading “Why you do the code? What is your reason for doing maintenance, tests, CI/CD, refactor?“
A couple days ago Google published the 2017 summary of their voice-first solutions: Google Home (hardware) and Google Assistant (software). And it seems that the new way of how we interact with the technology knocks on our door. With “Google Home usage increased 9X this holiday season over last year’s”, and one Google Home Mini sold in each second since its premiere, it’s become clear that voice interfaces are slowly going out of an early adoption stage and they’ve begun to settle for good in our homes and minds.
But what is so revolutionary in VUIs and what are the real benefits of having voice-controlled devices around?
Continue reading “How VUIs change our lives Voice user interface, a great step in mobile-first to AI first transition“
2017 is over. Was it successful for me? Definitely! Probably one of the best years of my life. Why? Here is the list of things which I’m really proud of:
Continue reading “Year in review 2017”
This post was published in Chatbots Magazine: Your first Google Assistant skill.
Smart home speakers, assistant platforms and cross-device solutions, so you can talk to your smartwatch and see the result on your TV or car’s dashboard. Personal assistants and VUIs are slowly appearing around us and it’s pretty likely that they will make our lives much easier.
Because of my great faith that natural language will be the next human-machine interface, I decided to start writing new blog posts series and building an open source code where I would like to show how to create new kind of apps: conversational oriented, device-independent assistant skills which will give us freedom in platform or hardware we use.
And will bring the most natural interface for humans – voice.
This post is a part of series about building personal assistant app, designed for voice as a primary user interface. More posts in series:
- This post
- Personalize Google Assistant skill with user data
- Surface capabilities in Google Assistant skills
Continue reading “Your first Google Assistant skill How to build conversational app for Google Home or Google Assistant“
Einstein: His Life and Universe is the third book written by Walter Isaacson which I’ve just finished (previously: Steve Jobs and The Innovators). For the 3rd time, I was impressed by the wealth of information about Einstein’s life, relationships, struggles, philosophies and of course the field of science which he dedicated his life to – theoretical physics.
Book tells very detailed story about unnoticed and underestimated genius who proposed the most famous equation: E=mc², Theory of Relativity and many other breakthrough theories. Even if they were just theoretical considerations, based on them we could build GPS system, nuclear energy (and atomic bomb), lasers, modern scientific cosmology and many others.
Einstein doesn’t have to be physics professor (actually he wasn’t even a teacher) to perform the most sophisticated thought experiments in the history. It is undoubtedly that his nonconformist personality, curiosity and passions unlocked limitless creativity which accompanied his whole life.
Einstein: His Life and Universe is really good read about how to achieve the mastery. Einstein did it for sure, changing our lives.
I highly recommend this book as a source of inspiration!