DroidCon London: Android Kata Workshop

I’m giving an Android Kata workshop at DroidCon London today!


If you enjoyed this workshop, make sure to get a video copy. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, check out my Android Activity Book which leads you through building a calculator with TDD.

If you want to learn more about me and/or my approach to testing, check out my appearance on the Fragmented podcast and/or Android Dialogs!

6 Testing Tips

Don’t fear the unknown. I felt insecure early in my career and would get nervous when pairing with developers who knew what they were doing. Part of me didn’t want to admit I didn’t know how to test so I shunned it instead.

Start early in your career. It makes you a better coder that thinks more clearly about the code you are writing. Testing is important and shouldn’t just be practiced by experienced developers. Continue reading 6 Testing Tips

Android Kata Workshop

I was inspired by my recent appearance on the Fragment podcast to get recording! I can’t wait to share what we talked about on the show, but in the meantime …

An idea I’ve been kicking around for a while was show Android TDD in action.  The Android Activity Book gives a thorough introduction, but since it’s a book, it’s harder to get an immediate feel for TDD.

To make it more accessible, I created an Android Kata so that people could practice TDD on a small throw away app. I gave this as a workshop to my coworkers and they really loved working through the example project. I turned it into a downloadable workshop so that you can walk through it too.

Get your copy today! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Sketchnoting the Global GDG Summit

Last week, just before Google I/O, I attended the Global Google Developer Group Organizer’s Summit in San Jose.

The summit was up to 500 organizers this year, so we took over the Computer History Museum.

We discuss relevant topics to organizing as well as upcoming Google announcements. The best part, however, is interacting with organizers from all around the world!

I captured the activities from day one on video (using Google Glass), check it out to see different phases of the process.

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Kata: Simple Android App

One of my favorite tools for creating polished apps is Robolectric, which allows you to unit test directly in your IDE — fancy debugging and everything.

I’ve been kicking around the idea for a while to create katas to practice technique and help others start out with the tool. I didn’t want them to go through the same pain of spending several minutes (or hours) trying to piece together disparate suggestions for how to test something simple!
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