February 26, 2015

Android Studio

Not yet using Android Studio? Now is a great time to start using it for Android apps development. You can check this video introducing Android Studio.

Android Studio is the official Android IDE. You can download it at http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html. To those migrating from Eclipse, you can check these pages: Migration Guide and Tips and Tricks.

There is also a new Google+ community for Android Studio discussions at https://plus.google.com/communities/103491657963571270604.

February 12, 2015

Google I/O 2015

Sundar Pichai, Google SVP of Android, Chrome and Apps announced on Google+ the dates for Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco: May 28-29.

The registration will be opened on March 17 at 09:00 AM PDT and will close on March 19 at 5:00PM PDT. After that, a lottery of tickets will be done to select the developers who will be able to purchase tickets. General Admission tickets cost $900 but Academic tickets are only $300.

If you won't be able to attend I/O in person, you can still join online (in the Google I/O website) or attend one of the I/O Extended events worldwide. GDG Philippines will have another I/O Extended event this year. For updates, add GDG Philippines in your Google+ circles.

February 5, 2015

Condura Skyway Marathon 2015

After my 16k run last January, I ran again this month. This time, I ran 10k at Condura Skyway Marathon 2015.

(Photo from conduramarathon.com)

Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 was held in Filinvest City, Alabang on the first day of February 2015. There were four categories: 6k, 10k, 21k, and 42k.

Official race results say I finished the run in 1:16:52. Runtastic shows that I ran 9.95 km in 1:16:33.

(Photo from conduramarathon.com)

This year's run and route was good. There were just too many runners in Skyway. The separation of runners in waves was good but once everyone is already in the road, it started to get clogged. It was hard to run faster, especially during the last two or three kilometers, where everyone has only one way to the finish line.

The location of the hydration stations are okay. I like it that there were more than one station with Gatorade (unlike other running events with only one station with sports drink).

This is already my second run for the year. I am hoping to have three or more runs this 2015 (at least one per quarter).