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Better Android Development with Kotlin and Gradle

The Forum 2:20pm

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In this talk, Ty will walk you through setting up and using Kotlin with Gradle to streamline your workflow for Android development, both within the build tool phase and within the application itself, so that you can use a consistent language through the entire Android stack. After a brief overview of Kotlin, we’ll dive into how it can be used with Gradle to accelerate Android Development with a consistent language. I'll walk through a real world example of building a Gradle plugin in and scripts in Groovy, then I'll convert those into Kotlin. An open source repo of the sample will be provided to follow along.

Ty Smith, Uber

Ty has been working on Android since 2009. He is a tech lead at Uber, focusing on the external developer platform. He is a member of the Google Developer Expert program and regularly speaks at international conferences on Android. He organizes the SF Android Meetup group and Droidcon SF. He is a member of the technical advisory and investment group, Specialized Types. Prior to Uber, Ty worked on the Fabric tools at Twitter, the Evernote Android App and SDK, a messaging platform for Sprint, and Zagat for Android.