Telegra.ph is Telegram’s new Medium alternative made for easy and also anonymous publishing. It’s quite similar to Medium, except the need to log in. Of course you CAN log in, but it isn’t necessary. I build an app for this new platform, because visiting Telegra.ph in the mobile browser on my phone worked, but text formatting didn’t. A month ago I started this project and it was just a simple wrapper, which uses the build in WebView on Android, so formatting still didn’t work.
As Android developer, you know the problem: You didn’t work on your project for a longer time and when you start working on it again you first need to update dozens of dependencies and it’s really annoying to browse hundreds of GitHub repositories to search for the latest versions. But there’s a nice Gradle plugin, that helps you with that. With this plugin you don’t need to manually search for dependency updates anymore, so no more stupid GitHub browsing.
I’m into Kotlin, because it’s a new (quite new) programming language, that solves all the Java problems, especially on Android. You can simply use Lambda expressions and much more on any API version. I also used Kotlin in production in my open sourced newsreader app NewsCatchr. Here I’ll share some of the sources, that helped me getting some knowledge in Kotlin: The documentation The documentation is a really helpful source.
Libraries are a bunch of code that simplifies developing of certain features and prevent you from reinventing the wheel. Because most Android libraries are open source it’s also possible to fork and modify them. But you should take care about the specific licenses. I’ll present you some more popular, but also some not so popular libraries. But all of them are usable for many different purposes. 1. Material Dialogs A beautiful, fluid, and customizable dialogs API.