Review of the Google Code Days in London

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Review of the Google Code Days in London

Postby plusminus » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:17 pm

Hello Community,

as you probably all know Google arranged Android Code Days in the following places:
  • On 31 January, Android Code Days in London, UK and Tel Aviv, Israel. (passed)
  • On 23 February, Android Code Days in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • On 29 January, similar event in Munich, Germany (passed)
We are lucky to have Jodol from a Dutch Android Startup on this board, giving an exclusive review for anddev.org about the Google Code Days in London. So for every one who got no chance taking part of this event, this is the review:
It was a windy morning, Thursday 31 January 2008, when me and my buddy from ColdTrick Solutions went from Amsterdam to London for the Google Code Day.

We arrived at Google HQ in the Belgrave House at 11:00 am where Jason Chen (Google) introduced Android (for those who didn't know about Android yet). In his introduction he told us about the architecture and the freedom for developers to do anything they would like to. The most comment during this introduction was about this 'open-ness' of Android. While it gives developers more possibilities, there's also the possibility to do harm to your system or install 'bad' software. I personally like to think more about the possibilities then about the risks. The engineers working on Android are aware of these risks and in the SDK's to be released security will be one of the improvements. For example, the permissions to be set in the manifest file, will trigger a prompt for the user on install, asking him if he allows the actions, the application requests.

After the introduction Jason told about the future. A new SDK will arrive in a few weeks with a lot of new things and if i recall correctly even a new UI (User Interface) and some new features for the emulator.

Dan Morrill on the Munic Google Code Day :: :src: jars.de
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He also said the first hardware will not be available until the second half of 2008. Most of the people present weren't developing for the Android Developer Challenge, a few though had a quick look at the SDK. Some guy even build a SuperMario game in 2 days not knowing Java!

After a good lunch between skippy balls and white boards we had ourselves a little 'hackathon'. After brainstorming about a few subjects we split up in small groups and talked about the subjects. I sat in a group discussing Location Based Services. This was one of the popular subjects, cause i think with GPS in all phones in the near future, this will be a very interesting market developing software for. The rest of the day we spent discussing and exchanging ideas for Android.

16:00 pm was the end of the Google Code Day, and after a few drinks we left satisfied for our flight back to Holland with a very nice Android t-shirt :)

Maybe one day Google will be holding a Code Day in Holland. I will definitely be there.

Yours truly,
Jodol

We will see if Google will arrange more of those Android Code Days to give also other Developers the chance to shared their experiences with the Android platform in such central meetings. These first arrangements had been booked within hours.

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Re: Review of the Google Code Days in London

Postby joelalen » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:33 pm

plusminus wrote: Some guy even build a SuperMario game in 2 days not knowing Java!

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Postby res » Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:31 pm

Any ideas where/when the next Google Code days will occur?
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Postby plusminus » Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:48 pm

Hello joe,

except the one in Boston, whos registration opened just a few hour ago.

:arrow: Info with registration-link: viewtopic.php?t=845

I'm not aware of others :|

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