Harun Wangereka, GDE, Android
“Be nice to yourself as you learn. The journey can be quite hard at times but remember to give yourself time.”
Q: What Google tools have you used?A: I’m an Android Engineer by profession. The tools I use on a day-to-day basis are Android as the framework, Android Studio as the IDE, and some of the Jetpack Libraries from the Android Team at Google.
Q: Which tool has been your favorite to use? Why?A: Jetpack libraries. I love these libraries because they solve most of the common pain points we, as Android developers, faced before they came along. They also concisely solve them and provide best practices for Android developers to follow.
Q: Please share something you have built in the past using Google tools.A: At my workplace, Apollo Agriculture, I collaborate with cross-functional teams to define, design and ship new features for the agent’s and agro-dealer’s Android apps, which are entirely written in Kotlin. We have Apollo for Agents, an app for agents to perform farmer-related tasks and Apollo Checkout, which helps farmers check out various Apollo products. With these two apps, I’m assisting Apollo Agriculture to make financing for small-scale farmers accessible to everyone.
Q: What advice would you give someone starting in their developer journey?A: Be nice to yourself as you learn. The journey can be quite hard at times but remember to give yourself time. You can never know all the things at once, so try to learn one thing at a time. Do it consistently and it will pay off in the very end. Remember also to join existing developer communities in your area. They help a lot!