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#NewToMe Series

Lately, I've been tinkering around with some new and old concepts in Android. Which got me thinking about creating a "#NewToMe" Series where I write about things I've learned while working on something new to me. 
Some of the lessons learned are probably not new to someone who's already worked on it before but it's definitely new to someone who's just getting started in Android or to someone whose focus was on other concepts in Android. Remember this XKCD comic?


"Saying 'what kind of an idiot doesn't know about the Yellowstone supervolcano' is so much more boring than telling someone about the Yellowstone supervolcano for the first time" - Randall Munroe, XKCD
More to come in the #NewToMe series. Keep an eye out for it!


Leadership and Management Panel - ElaConf 2016

Recently I was a panelist on ElaConf's Leadership and Management Panel along with awesome tech bosses Alison Rowland, Caro Griffin and Alisha Miranda. The panel was moderated by Alisha who had crowd-sourced a great list of questions.

The panel was for women interested in pursuing a management career path. Alisha started off the panel with a round of introductions from each of us on our manager-origin story. I moved into the tech team lead role after being an individual contributor (IC) for 3 years. Since two years, I've been leading a team of 4 Android developers.

Breakout seession about leadership and management at #elaconf. It's a full room!  @yashvprabhu@DramaFeverDevspic.twitter.com/8lW9lvRGoP — Moldy Dentures (@MoldyDentures) November 5, 2016
Learning about leadership & mgmt with @yashvprabhu@carolinesyrup@arowla@makeshiftalisha#elaconfpic.twitter.com/AUrsOIJjMC — Jen Dionisio (@jddionisio) November 5, 2016

Below are my (paraphrased) answers on some of the panel quest…

Technical Blogging session at ElaConf 2016

This is probably going to be one of several blog posts related to ElaConf. It's a wonderful conference for empowering women in tech that took place in Philly for the second time recently. One of the breakout sessions at ElaConf was on Technical Blogging which was run by Vaidehi Joshi (@vaidehijoshi). Here are my takeaways from that session.


We started off by reading Julia Evans' blog post on processes. Vaidehi asked us to take a few minutes to read it and discuss with a partner. Here are some things that stood out to us in the blog post:

ConversationalMatter of factFormatted Code snippetsAuthor's personality shows in the code commentsCondensed scope, author links to external content for more researchGood introduction to the topic even for a newbie
We also took some time doing a fun exercise, with one of us pretending to be a student and the other a teacher. The teacher had to describe "opening a Facebook account to someone who has not used a computer before". Thi…