Setting up a quick’n’dirty backend for your app

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Are you ready to learn how to quickly spin up a backend for your mobile app?

You’re in luck, as our next meetup is happening on Thursday March 9, 2017! It’ll be dedicated to just this topic and will be hosted by our friends at VRT in Brussels. As usual, doors open at 19:00, and talks start half an hour later.

Hans Cappelle will present an Android proof-of-concept with Firebase REST endpoints and Retrofit. Firebase is easily configured as a free service and can be replaced by any backend, if needed in the future. Focus will be on Firebase configuration and Android service implementation with Retrofit, with the JSON payloads mapped to model objects in Java.

Hans studied Photography and IT in Ghent and started his career at Securex as a Java developer. In his spare time Hans was working on several Android apps building up experience, while at the same time KBC was looking for people to join the mobile team. So within the first year of deployment at KBC he switched from Java to Android, where he has been working for almost 5 years now.


You can park your car on the VRT visitor parking (located to the right of the entrance): reporting to reception/security, you go to the main VRT entrance (walk besides the VRT tower, the main building is located to the left).Once inside the building, you pass the glass doors, and go straight-ahead till the VRT shop. On your left you'll find elevators, where you go to the 9th floor, and see the session's room (Perszaal) in front of you.