My Audible Library

[Frequently updated]

I’ve been an Audible listener since 3/7/2016. On 3/28/2020 I finally reached Master rank with over 500 hours of reading time!

My current library of over 70 books is below. I listen to books about business (leadership, career skills, startups), marketing, motivation, psychology, science, and technology.

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You are now a Google Certified Associate Android Developer

Congratulations! You passed all of the requirements for the Associate Android Developer Certification exam!

I recently took a break between terms of Udacity’s Android Developer Nanodegree program so that I could take Google’s Associate Android Developer exam. Finally, the results are in! Pretty happy to pass it on the first try. Queue the emojis! 😜😁

There are currently only 156 of us in the alumni directory for all of North America.

(I have also since graduated from Udacity!)

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Android Developer Q&A

When one teaches, two learn. — Robert Heinlein

As of this writing, I’m in term 2 of Udacity’s Android Developer Nanodegree program. When I enrolled, I already had years of Android experience. Nevertheless, I expected to benefit from some formalized training. Plus, I really want that fancy certificate of completion. 😀

What I hadn’t anticipated, however, was the opportunity to help other students. After all, the best way to learn is to teach! What follows are a sampling of answers I’ve authored during interactions in their Q&A Knowledge Board and Student Hub. Hopefully others will find it helpful.

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Jetpack Example with Service Call Canceling

I’ve been working hard to update my Android skills by using Dagger, Retrofit, Kotlin and architecture components. I’ve found that a great way to learn about this new world is to build upon two Google sample projects:

These demonstrate different approaches to Jetpack development. I’ve taken what I think are the best ideas from each and combined them to form a new sample project that others may find useful.

In addition, I implemented a design for canceling the underlying web service connection from Retrofit REST calls. I also introduced a means of adding intentional delays into these requests while testing.

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Vert.x with Self-Signed SSL Cert

I recently noticed that my android app could no longer talk SSL directly to my Vert.x server (using a self-signed cert since it’s just for me). The client exception was: Hostname not verified

It turns out, Android 9 includes a documented change that requires certs to include a subjectAltName field.

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