December 31, 2017

Seven Highlights of 2017

Another year will be ending soon. Once again, it's now time for another year-ender blog post. Looking back on what happened this year, there were some postive and negative things, small and big changes, and more. I have compiled the 7 highlights of 2017 into this post.

One Run

Despite the busy schedule, I was able to run in at least one run this year: 7-Eleven Run 2017. This was my third time to run in 7-Eleven Run. I was in the 16k category again. The official results are 02:15:29 (Gun Time) and 02:14:09 (Chip Time). Runtastic says I ran 16.04 km in 2:14:44.

Android Talks and Workshops

I was part of Google I/O 2017 Extended Roadshow, a series of talks and workshops to help professional and student developers deep dive in the new technologies announced. We visited Rizal, Manila, Laguna, Palawan, and Naga this year. I talked about Android Updates and conducted Android Basics workshop.


I also did some Android talks this year in PLM (March 2), STI College Novaliches (March 15), and UE-Manila (September 18). I also helped out in the Palawan Android Study Jams (April 11-12).

Budget Pinoy

Sweldong Pinoy turned five this year! We have announced a new app that we're working on: Budget Pinoy. Budget Pinoy is a tool for Filipinos in computing gross and net pay based on user's budget. You can try the app at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.sweldongpinoy.budget


Budget Penny and GDGPH Google Assistant Apps

I have started developing apps for Google Assistant and published two apps already: Budget Penny and GDG Philippines. Budget Penny is your budget assistant that's ready to help in managing your finances. Through the Google Assistant app for the Google Developer Group (GDG) Philippines, you can ask it about the upcoming events and more information about GDG Philippines.


Tigcal Utilities and You and Me

Earlier this year, my mother switched to a smartphone and I made an app for her. The app, Tigcal Utilities, includes three utility mini-apps: Battery, Bill Calculator, and Flashlight. The Battery app opens the Battery Usage Settings while Flashlight app allows the user to turn on and off the flashlight. Bill Calculator is an app that allows users to split the electric bill based on total kWH used.


I also made an app for Celine. Development for it started last year and I was only able to finish it now. It is a simple app for you and your and your special someone. I published it under Closed Alpha Testing on Google Play Store because there's still more to be done for it to be useful to other couples. I'm hoping I can work on it and release it soon.

Celine in Manila

After almost two years, Celine went back to Manila for a week last June. She met her friends during lunch and dinner. Celine and I also went to our home to visit my family. We were also able to go to a beach when we went with friends to Batangas to celebrate Mama Chelle's birthday.

Canada

I started the year in Canada and now I'm ending it here too.

I'm looking forward to 2018! There are a lot of things to be done but it will be a really exciting year.


November 19, 2017

Google Developer Group Philippines

Today is the tenth anniversary of GDG Philippines. Google Developer Group (GDG) Philippines is a group of enthusiastic Filipino developers interested to collaborate and learn more about new technologies. It is the second oldest GDG in the world. Happy 10th year GDGPH!



I was one of the community managers of GDG Philippines. It started as me being a regular attendee during the early days of GDG. Around 2009, I became one of its managers. We plan and organize events for students and developers in Metro Manila and nearby cities. To make these happen, we coordinate with sponsors, speakers, and suppliers for our community events. We also conduct talks and workshops about Google developer technologies on conferences and schools whose students invite us. I usually do talks and workshops about Android development. I have also facilitated Android Fundamentals and Android Basics Study Jams. I was also one of those who handled the blog and social media accounts of the group.

Some of my contributions to GDG Philippines include developing apps which I did while learning about Google developer technologies. The GDG Philippines Android App, which was one of the first GDG Android apps published on Google Play, was one of my first Android apps I have made. My first Google Chrome Extension, the GDG Philippines Chrome Extension, was the first GDG Chrome Extension IIRC. While learning about developing apps for Google Assistant, I have developed a Google Assistant App for GDGPH too. I also created applications for event registrations and check-in, as well as a raffle app based on the list of attendees.



I've been in GDG Philippines for quite a long time that it has been my second family. Our goal is to help developers become better developers. It have made me a better developer and a better person. There's also a sense of accomplishment when you were able to share your knowledge to the attendees and inspired them to learn more and use it to develop their own apps. In most schools that we've been too, Android is not yet a part of the curriculum so it's great we were able to let them know the what, why, how, and more. I also get to learn some more while teaching others.

Through GDG, I have been able to expand my network and meet other managers from tech groups in the Philippines and fellow GDG community managers from Southeast Asia and other regions. I also had the opportunity to meet and learn from Googlers and experts. We were able to travel to different cities in the Philippines (especially the ones where there aren't much tech events) to share about Google developer technologies through talks and workshops. I have been able to attend Google I/O where I learned a lot which we shared back to the community through the I/O Extended Roadshow.

It is truly a great experience to be a part of GDG Philippines. If you still haven't joined a GDG Philippines event, join us now! Learn more about the group and our events at https://gdgph.org and follow our social media accounts.


October 7, 2017

You and Me

Last year, I started working on an Android App for Celine. I was only able to finish it this year though. The app is named You and Me and it is the app for you and your special someone. You can use the app to check your photos (and soon more!) with your significant other.



I published it under Closed Alpha Testing on Google Play Store because there's still more to be done for it to be useful to other couples. I'll continue working on it and release it soon.