The official Android docs describe Android Jetpack as “a set of libraries, tools and architectural guidance.” This vague description has left many developers wondering what Android Jetpack really is. Taking a look at the list of Android Jetpack components just raises even more questions — there’s clearly a ton of crossover with existing Android libraries and projects. A good chunk of the components seem to be taken straight from the Support Library, such as AppCompat. So, is Android Jetpack just a rebranded Support Library? Is it a replacement? Can you use the two side by side, or should we all be migrating our apps to Jetpack?The Support Library components aren’t the only familiar features in the list of Jetpack components. All of the Architecture Components (Lifecycles, LiveData, Room and ViewModel) are now part of Jetpack, too. To add to the confusion, at Google I/O 2018 we learned future Support Library updates will be published to the … [Read more...] about Android Jetpack: What do the recent announcements mean for Android’s Support Library?
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STACK OVERFLOW has released its latest research from its pool of developers across the world. As a rule, we don't tend to report on surveys. We get loads every week and they tend to be self-serving and contradictory. Stack Overflow, however, is different. Its research is based on a huge pool of users and this survey alone garnered 100,000 responses from 183 countries, making the data a bit more representative. "Today, every company is a technology company. Without developers, the economy would not evolve at the pace we're seeing today" said Stack Overflow CEO, Joel Spolsky. "They are the architects of code that empower our everyday lives, and the people responsible for teaching machines how to think. The findings of this survey are indispensable for businesses, as they look to enable their tech workforce and attract the best developer talent" So what does it tell us? First off, it looks like developers are (mostly) excited, rather than worried about the possibilities that AI brings - … [Read more...] about Want to cash in as a developer? Move to the US (though UK does better than most)
As it has for the last couple years, Google is releasing a developer preview of the next version of Android in March. Before you ask, no, we don’t know the name beyond “Android P.” Another thing we don’t know is just how big the user-facing changes will be this time around, as this preview is mostly focused on the changes that will affect developers. In fact, Google VP of engineering Dave Burke is calling this “an early baseline build for developers only,” so definitely do not go flashing your main phone with this and assume it will be usable day to day. The feature that will probably garner the most discussion is built-in support for a notch cutting into the display at the top of the screen. (Google’s term for it is “display cutout support.”) Those notches were unavoidable on new Android phones at Mobile World Congress last month, so that support is going to be important at least until companies stop blithely copying Apple’s … [Read more...] about Android P developer preview is now available — here’s what’s new
Was 2017 the year that every product under the sun was marketed as being cognitive, having machine learning, or being artificially intelligent? Well, yes. But don’t hate all of them. In many cases, machine learning actually did improve the functionality of products, sometimes in surprising ways.Our reviewers didn’t give any prizes for incorporating AI, but did pick out the most prominent tools for building and training models. These include the deep learning frameworks TensorFlow and PyTorch, the automated model-building package H2O.ai Driverless AI, and the solid machine learning toolbox Scikit-learn.The MLlib portion of Apache Spark fits into this group as well, as does the 25-year-old(!) R programming language, of which our reviewer says, “No matter what the machine learning problem, there is likely a solution in CPAN, the comprehensive repository for R code, and in all likelihood it was written by an expert in the domain.”2017 was also the year when … [Read more...] about Technology of the Year 2018: The best hardware, software, and cloud services