Top takeaways from Droidcon 2014 UK

Here’s my top takeaways from this year’s Droidcon London.Lollipop Forest-578-80

  • Material design
    • Checklist
    • Papercraft (Chris Banes / Nick Butcher) slides, video
    • The new AppCompat includes the transparent assets (works Pre-L) so we can set an apps colour scheme using the appPrimaryColor and  appAccentColor. Eliminates the need for holocolors.com and adding all those extra assets, Yay!
  • Testing support library – *coming soon Q4 2014*  video
  • Continuous Integration is hot topic with several new services mentioned when talking to people.
    • Travis CI seems to be the popular CI server/solution for open source
    • Green House CI had a stand at Droidcon and having experimented with their CI solution today I’m looking forward to try on live project.

There was also a focus on Custom UI, Animation and Gradle. Specifically with regards to Gradle all the cool kids are writing their own gradle plugins rather than littering build files with custom/boilerplate logic.