Year in Review (2021)
I continue to do less and less each year due to the dual woes of raising a toddler and navigating a pandemic. I also took three months off work this summer and I didn't much feel like doing anything tech then!
I suspect that 2022 won't be much more productive, but maybe in 2023 (when my toddler has aged out of being a toddler, and COVID is hopefully less in our minds) I'll start picking things back up again.
A Warning Regarding Android App Startup with Multiprocess Apps
A small note on a niche problem. I write these posts in the hopes that someday someone else will save a bit of time by Googling the right keywords and finding their way here.
With the coming of Kotlin
Flow, I decided to really evaluate a question many have posed to me: what do I think of RxJava vs. Flow? Almost a year later, I still stand by everything I wrote here, especially the conclusion - even though I think coroutines will do better in the long run, there is a lot of mistakes to be made before we master it.
Stop Nitpicking in Code Reviews
A post about a big change I made in my development life: no longer nitpicking code reviews. I got some pushback here, but no one convinced me that going back to be an annoying twat in code reviews is actually beneficial to a team.
Do or do not; there is no tryEmit()
PublishSubjectin coroutines is harder than it looks!
The dangers of JSON + default values
Another niche post about a random problem I ran into around JSON libraries and Kotlin default constructor values.
Edina School Board Election (2021)
I'm making a habit of writing about local elections. No one else is doing it, so my posts tend to rise to the top of Google results quickly! If you want to influence a surprising number of people, write about politics in a way no one else is (because they're so focused on national politics).
I've always wanted to share some of my biggest influences as a developer, so here you are.
How Trello Android converted from Gson to Moshi
Trello Android switched JSON libraries (from Gson to Moshi), and I figured a write-up of the project could be helpful for others doing the same sort of work in the future.
I didn't do any! This is the first year I haven't given a single talk since 2011.
I give talks primarily because I enjoy the experience of crafting and delivering information. Since the pandemic started, I've found that online talks completely guts half of that experience - it feels like talking to myself, or to a wall.
I've got talks in mind I want to give, but they will have to wait until I can give them in person again.
This dumb project made me realize that most people don't know what homeopathy or ASMR are.
Still maintaining this library after all these years! We still use it at Trello Android (because migration is a pain), and maintaining it is not difficult.