November 20, 2021

Google Play Store Listing Certificate

One of the things announced at the Android Dev Summit 2021 is Google Play Academy’s Store Listing Certificate. The certificate is for app developers and evaluates knowledge of the best practices on creating Google Play Store listings, making them high-quality and policy-compliant, and marketing your app/games to a global audience.

I took the Play Academy training, passed the exam, and got my certificate:

July 1, 2021

Kotlin Heroes 7

Last Tuesday, I joined Kotlin Heroes: Episode 7. Kotlin Heroes is a programming competition from JetBrains (creator of Kotlin) and CodeForces. The challenge is to use Kotlin in solving as many problems in two and a half hours.

I was only able to successfully solve a problem last time. It was great that I did two for Kotlin Heroes 7.

May 8, 2021

Virtual Half Marathon at Vancouver Marathon 2021

Running a half marathon has always been one of my long-term goals. The longest distance I had run is 16k but that was ages ago and I haven't been able to run for a long time.

My plan is to do the half marathon at the Vancouver Marathon this year: my first 21k on 2021. Due to the pandemic, all running events are still virtual. Participants can run anytime in the month of May. I registered early and decided to do my run on the second day while the weather is good. It was very tiring but I finished my first (virtual) half marathon run in 2:45:26.

For the run, my route is the Vancouver Seawall (from Granville Island to Stanley Park and back). I also got to wear the Brooks Sherpa Visor which I ordered for use during sunny day runs.

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Vancouver Marathon. Hopefully, the event will be back to normal and I can run my first non-virtual half marathon by then.