Fragments 2019

Fragments 2019

State of mobile engineering, state of platforms, hardware and user research.

What you can expect from the Bangalore edition of Fragments on 30 March:

Fragments was launched in response to the fragmented nature of engineering and software development for mobile. Much changed for mobile engineering in 2017 when React Native entered the landscape and cross-platform mobile development took off in a big way.

At the recently concluded ReactFoo, we talked not only about the ecosystem emerging with ReactFoo, but also how organizations are structuring teams for Android, iOS and cross-platform mobile development.

Coming back to Fragments, the Android versus iOS debate seems to be settled with Android winning the turf. Now, with Flutter taking off as a platform for mobile engineering, the battleground has opened between React Native versus Flutter. Who will win is not only a matter of adoption and user base metrics, but also which platform has a stronger community around it.
On 30 March, speakers Priyanka Sabhagani and Ajin Asokan will share BookMyShow’s and Zerodha’s experiences (respectively) with React Native and Flutter, helping participants evaluate each platform’s strength and weaknesses. We look forward to deeper discussions around Flutter, where the platform has piqued a great deal of interest from developers (who have to write less code), but greater skepticism about Flutter’s capabilities with respect to data storage and related issues from senior developers.

Apart from Flutter, the Bangalore edition of Fragments will feature talks on Kotlin and native app development. An interesting question to discuss here is the decision to go native versus when not to go native with your app. Which factors inform such a decision?
The other discussion which Raghunath Jawahar, Varsha Saha and Abhinav Rastogi will take up is what native app developers can learn from the mature web front-end architectures. The discussion will steer around the following topics:

  1. The dynamic nature of JavaScript versus static languages like Java/Kotlin/Swift which is used to develop native mobile apps.
  2. Expectations and user experience on web versus mobile.
  3. The asynchronous nature of mobile platforms and their lifecycles – the unique challenges this factor presents.

Finally, Fragments Bangalore will showcase talks on:

  1. Image uploads and Contraint and Motion layout.
  2. Optimizing the size of your mobile app.
  3. Voice, and its role in building augmented experiences for mobile apps.
  4. How the concept of Seams can be applied for building flexible and testable apps.
  5. Building predictable and high performance workflows for mobile app engineering.

Who should participate in the Bangalore edition of Fragments Conference?

  • Mobile engineers working on Android and cross-platform apps.
  • Senior developers and tech leads.
  • Backend developers and fullstack engineers.
  • Product managers.
  • Product engineers

Event details:

Date: 30 March 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Venue: TERI auditorium, Domlur, Bangalore

Contact:

For more details, call us on 7676332020 or write to us on info@hasgeek.com

Future editions of Fragments:

Fragments will be held in Kochi and Hyderabad in 2019. Dates will be announced in April. If you wish to speak at any of the future editions of FragmentsConf, submit a proposal here: https://hasgeek.com/fragments/fragments-round-the-year-proposals-2019/

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Ragunath Jawahar

@ragunathjawahar

Building predictable and high performance workflows for mobile app development

Submitted Feb 26, 2019

Key takeaways,
1. Understand how architecture and workflows affect team throughputs in terms of timeline and quality.
2. Understand how key decisions in design and tooling affect various components during development, testing and maintenance.
3. Create workflows that helps remove uncertainty and promote desirable qualitative and quantitative attributes during development.

Target audience,
Intermediate and advanced app developers, team leads, engineering managers and architects.

Outline

Software development itself is a practice that is filled with entropy. Even though there are factors in software development that are beyond our control, there are quite a few parameters that can be controlled and tuned. One of the ways to maximise predictability in software projects is to reduce the number of unknowns. Most teams start with an architecture that sets expectations to a degree. How can we push this even further? What if we can build a degree of predictability on how software is built by individuals? What if we could extrapolate the same ideas to a team and across several teams?

This talk focuses on how various architectures (imperative and functional) influence individual and team throughput during development and maintenance. We’ll acknowledge how software development is a very creative profession but can also withdraw inspiring ideas from efficient systems like turn-key businesses and production lines that can help build software faster and better. We’ll focus on how the choice of architecture and tooling affect various phases of development. Once we gain an understanding of the architecture, we’ll create and tune a workflow by sequencing activities, establishing processes and building custom tooling around it.

Speaker bio

Ragunath Jawahar is a Lead Product Engineer, working at Obvious (formerly Uncommon), a prominent design studio that has worked with several unicorn startups in India. He specialises in mobile app architectures, workflow optimization and test-driven development. He has a knack for building awesome teams and believes in “you are only as good as the team you build”. You’ll find him constantly pushing himself to explore new programming paradigms, workflows, tools and techniques. He is allergic to complexity and loves building tools and libraries that make life easier for fellow developers.

Links

Slides

https://speakerdeck.com/ragunathjawahar/building-predictable-and-high-performance-workflows

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