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Notifications on Android; Developing Android apps with a BaaS platform

Notifications on Android

Travis Himes

Notifications are one of the fun things in Android that have changed a few times between APIs. Expandable notifications were introduced with Jelly Bean, and there weren't many good examples. I'll cover my experience, including expandable notifications. I'll share the approach I took to backward compatibility across 3 versions of functionality, and trying to push as much as possible of the latest functionality backward.

About Travis

Travis has been developing professionally in Java for about 12 years. He began developing on Android in September of 2010 -- it started as a hobby after upgrading to an HTC Hero, and he's been doing it professionally at MeetMe since 2012.

 

Developing Android applications with no server-side coding using a Backend-as-a-Service platform

Mark Piller, CEO Backendless

Application development is fun except when you have to write mostly the same code over and over. Create, retrieve, update delete… multiply it by the number of database tables, add transactions, thread locking and database scaling and the fun is gone. There is a better way which will help you get your application done faster at a fraction of the cost. Backend-as-a-Service platforms enable mobile and desktop developers to focus on the client-side of the applications while providing complete server-side support including persistence, user registration handling, login, logout, publish/subscribe messaging, push notifications and many more facilities. The presentation will illustrate the power of BaaS for developing Android, JS and AS applications using Backendless as an example.

About Mark

Mark has more than 15 years of experience in developing distributed computing applications. Prior to Backendless, Mark worked at webMethods and was responsible for architecting the company’s SOA solution. His experience includes leading the design and implementation of multiple features of Glue, a web-services platform from The Mind Electric that was acquired by webMethods, as well as senior technical positions with ObjectSpace, MCI and SABRE. For the past seven years he has been specializing in building software infrastructure products designed to integrate Flex, Flash, and AJAX applications with a variety of backend systems, including .NET, Java, PHP and Ruby on Rails.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's the Backendless recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh15sYj0qe0

    May 10, 2013

  • Ellis T.

    Thanks Travis

    April 29, 2013

  • Travis

    Sorry for the delay, Here's a link to the presentation slides for notifications: http://prezi.com/su0gumvhdeac/android-notifications/

    There is code in there, and I'll upload something either this evening, or tomorrow and link it here as well; In the end, unless you're doing something with custom UIs, you should be fine using NotificationCompat.Builder to build your notifications.

    April 29, 2013

  • Ellis T.

    Hello everyone, can anyone point me to where the presentations from this meet up are uploaded? Thanks in advance

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Travis

      Sorry about that, I have taken a while to upload things

      1 · April 29, 2013

  • Travis

    I'm uploading the presentation today; likely the code this afternoon

    April 29, 2013

  • Bill D.

    Thanks for the presentation on notifications and especially for the code snippets and ui renderings that go along with them. That presentation will be very helpful the next time I need to do notifications.

    April 25, 2013

  • Ellis T.

    Great meet-up. I really enjoy these sessions.

    April 25, 2013

  • John K.

    My hearing is poor, and the presenters took the closest front seats. The presentations were not well prepared for viewers with imperfect vision or hearing. Content was most interesting, but not very accessible to me. I loved the ad-hoc presentation about kids doing mobile development.

    April 24, 2013

  • Yash

    Unable to attend today :(
    Would it be possible for the speakers to upload their presentations?

    Thanks,
    Yash

    April 24, 2013

    • Travis

      Sure thing Yash - mine is on Prezi, I'll link it this evening.

      April 24, 2013

  • Angel R.

    Wanted to attend but can't now. Bummed! :'(

    April 24, 2013

  • stephen

    Sorry to Un-RSVP.... Work called me last night and said she gets jealous when I'm not there :o(

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting topic and love to attend it.

    April 21, 2013

  • lauriebee

    Anyone 4 tech week?

    April 11, 2013

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