October 23, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you’ve been watching over the past couple weeks, you know that a lot of fun and excitement happened at this year’s big Android BBQ in Texas. To start, the OmniROM project was announced. Our friend XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was there talking to people and capturing the events. So if you missed it, check out this video.
We’ve already released videos of Jordan’s interview with XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, XpLoDWilD’s presentation from the event, Jordan’s interview with Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, Dees_Troy’s presentation from the event, and Jordan’s interview with cultural phenomenon ThaPHLASH. So if you haven’t already seen those videos, be sure to check them out as well.
This year’s Big Android BBQ was a great event. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was in attendance, and you have already seen him interview XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD and Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy (interview). However, these were not the only people Jordan interviewed.
In today’s episode, Jordan interviews the artist and personality that is ThaPHLASH. Tha Phlash is a self-described urban artist and creator of numerous icons in use on Android Devices. Honestly, there are no words to describe Tha Phlash properly, so just check out this video.
October 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
During the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. You’ve already seen the presentation by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. However, that was not the only presentation by an Elite Recognized Developer from XDA. Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, also known as Ethan Yonker, gave a presentation as well. For the few who may not recognize the name, he is the lead developer of TWRP and member of Team Win.
Ethan’s presentation was entitled “Software Architecture and Design.” In this session, Ethan discuss good programming practices in regards to software architecture and program design. Ethan draws real-life examples from his own experience developing TWRP. Examples are primarily in C++, but the discussion centers less on the specifics in the code and more around designing an architecture using object-oriented programming to create software that is more flexible, powerful, and easier to maintain.
OmniROM, a new project by Dees_Troy and other developers, was also announced. If you want to see the presentation where it was announced, please check out XpLoDWilD’s presentation. But be sure to check out this video! Also, be sure to check out XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan’s interview with Dees_Troy on XDA Developer TV.
October 16, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The 2013 edition of the Big Android BBQ has come and gone. At the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. One such presentation was by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. Also known as Guillaume Lesniak, XpLoDWilD has been involved in numerous closed- and open-source projects in various domains related to software engineering, mobile development, and game development. He is passionate about technology and open source projects. He has been contributing to numerous projects, including CyanogenMod and making apps for Android.
At the BBQ, XpLoDWilD gave a talk called “Developments in the Open Source Community.” This session discussed how the promise of open source looks, or maybe doesn’t look, in the open source community. These are promises of better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-ins. The presentations talks about how new initiatives can help bolster the open source mindset in the Android community for both the developers and the end-users.
Additionally, a new project by XpLoDWilD and other developers was announced, called OmniROM. If you want to see the presentation and learn what XpLoDWilD has to say, check out this video! Also, be sure to check out XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan’s interview with XpLoDWilD on XDA Developer TV.
October 9, 2013 By: jerdog
So the 2013 iteration of the Big Android BBQ is fast approaching—in fact, in just over 24 hours. All sorts of excitement is bubbling, and with a full slate of talks and events it’s sure to be an exciting time. XDA will be there yet again, and we’re happy to announce that Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD will be speaking as well.
If you aren’t familiar with XpLoDWilD, one could say you have probably been living under a rock. His Focal application is one of the more exciting Open Source projects to enter the scene in quite a while. Xplod is one of the nicest, most personable developers you’ll ever come in contact with. With plenty of projects under his belt, from BBQScreen to his work with CyanogenMod as a device maintainer for many devices, he’s done a lot for the Open Source community in such a short time. That is one of the reasons why we are so looking forward to his talk at the BABBQ. He’s calling it “Developments in the Open Source Community,” and here’s the description:
The Open Source Initiative defines open source as “a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.” This session will discuss how this looks (or sometimes doesn’t look) in the open source community and how new initiatives can help bolster the open source mindset in the Android community for both the developers and the end-users.
If you are going to be at the BABBQ, you won’t want to miss this. And if you can’t make it, stay tuned for more information about his talk as well as hopefully a video replay.
October 2, 2013 By: jerdog
With the Big Android BBQ just days away, we thought it would be a good time to let you all in on what is now a not-so-well-known secret: TWRP Lead Developer, and XDA Elite Recognized Developer, Dees_Troy will be giving a presentation at the big event. His talk will be on “Software Architecture and Design.”
If you’ve ever used TWRP, you know how valuable this recovery has been to the Android development scene. And if you’re a developer who is always looking to improve your knowledge of, or instill best practices into your development process, then this talk is for you. Here’s the description of his talk, as provided by Dees_Troy:
“I plan to discuss good programming practices regarding software architecture / program design. I will draw real-life examples from my own experience developing TWRP. Examples will primarily be in C++ but the discussion will center less on the specifics in the code and more around designing an architecture using object oriented programming to create software that is more flexible, powerful, and easier to maintain.”
So if you’re chomping at the bit to make sure you fit in the important sessions at the BABBQ, this is definitely one to put on your list in permanent marker.
What started out as an enthusiast meetup has turned into the largest community-driven event in just its 4th year, and the Big Android BBQ is just around the corner. XDA has been a proud sponsor of the BABBQ in the past, and this year is no different. We’ll have a wonderful booth filled with moderators and developers from the XDA community as well as attendees anxious to discuss the latest Android-related news. XDA will also be sponsoring two talks by Elite Recognized Developer’s Dees_Troy (TWRP lead developer) and XpLoDWilD (Focal developer and highly involved Android platform and application developer), but more on that later.
With companies like Sony Mobile, HTC, Swappa, and Oppo sponsoring; it’s slated to be an exciting time. Here are just a few things that are in store for those attending the BABBQ this year:
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for the event on Oct 10-12, make sure you do so via this link. And for those who have, make sure to stop in at the XDA booth and say hello!