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GA Alumnus Reimagines the Ticket-Buying Experience: What’s the Rukkus About?

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Meet Rob Wyant, a General Assembly graduate whose latest work as lead iOS developer for Rukkus has brought virtual reality into the ticket-buying experience. Before Rukkus, Rob founded his own startup, Yapper, while in business school. During that time, he used General Assembly’s workshops to help him build confidence when discussing the technical aspects of his company. In 2014, he moved beyond workshops and graduated from GA’s first iOS Mobile Development course at our Washington, D.C., campus.

Aside from what he learned at GA, Rob is a self-taught programmer and is involved with NYC Swift Guild, a meetup for GA students. He says that none of what he’s accomplished with Yapper and Rukkus would have been possible without taking a GA course. “I tell that to anyone who’ll listen as often as I can!”

We connected with Rob to learn more about his journey with mobile development.

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GA + HPE Haven OnDemand Hackathon: An Android Hackathon

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This past weekend marked General Assembly and HPE Haven OnDemand’s first ever Android Hackathon open to current students and alumni of GA. Tasked with creating an Android app with three views and using at least one of Haven OnDemand’s APIs, five teams set out on this journey filled with pizza, tacos, coffee, and even some breakdancing!

The event began Friday night with a casual social mixer followed by a workshop given by the one, and only, Phong. After an interesting, uncontested, breakdancing battle, participants left for the night to get some rack before the long weekend. Hackers arrived early Saturday morning to pitch ideas they wanted to work on and form teams. Once these were set, hackers worked through the weekend overcoming pitfalls, learning a few things here and there about project management and timing, and building some pretty sweet Android apps.

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Quiz: How Much Do you Know About Android?

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Mobile app development is hotter than ever. But along with Apple's iOS platform, there's a huge market for Android apps. How much do you know about this emerging technology and its job opportunities?

Behind-the-Scenes at the Biggest Meeting of Android Enthusiasts in the U.S.

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We recently announced the launch of our Android Development Immersive course in partnership with Google Developers at the Big Android BBQ conference down in Hurst, Texas. The excitement and dedication of the Android community is nothing short of inspiring, and we were thrilled to speak to developers, founders, and creators from across the world who are using Android to bulid something extraordinary.

Check out video above to see behind-the-scenes footage and see exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the Android community.

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General Assembly Partners with Google Developers to Launch Android Development Immersive

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Today we announced our newest full-time program, Android Development Immersive, at the Big Android BBQ in Hurst, Texas. This program is the first of its kind: a curriculum designed and built with Google Developers and Android developers from VICE Media and Karma.

We’re incredibly excited by what this means for our community of students, partners, and employers. The time to focus on Android is long overdue, and our 12-week program enables students to become Android developers through intensive practical training and portfolio-based work.  

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Advocating for Android: A Conversation with Google’s Reto Meier

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Tens of thousands of people have decided to jump into a community of supportive developers building mobile apps and games for Android devices. Reto Meier is an Android Developer Advocate at Google, inspiring and supporting the Android developer community with training and resources. We sat down with Reto to talk about his own journey into code, why he chose to focus his career on Android, and where he sees the ecosystem going in the next several years.

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9 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Android

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7 Essential Skills You Need to be an Android Developer

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Building Android applications requires a deep knowledge of programming and design. When approaching a new technology for the first time, it often helps to break it down into pieces. If you’re a web developer already, many of the concepts and technologies involved in Android development will be analogous to things you already know – although building apps for mobile devices often requires mastery of a number of more nuanced concepts. Mobile devices have smaller screens, simpler processors, and – in the case of Android – many different manufacturers, meaning that developers need to keep code flexible and account for a variety of user scenarios.

So what does it take to become an Android developer? We asked some of the brightest developers in our community – here’s what you need to know.

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The Newbie’s Guide to Android Development

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In the last 10 years, Android has made a name for itself, not only with its candy-themed platform updates, but also with its widespread, and unexpected, success. In its lifetime, the open-source mobile operating system has grown to include 1.4 billion active users and 80% of smartphones today run Android software. Over 1 billion Android phones were sold in 2014 alone.

Mobile developers in the programming community are the minority – just over 9% of total developers in the world say they’re focusing on mobile devices, according to Stack Overflow’s 2015 developer survey. Of these mobile developers, however, Android developers make up the larger group, with 44.6% self-identifying as Android developers, compared to 33.4% who say they are building for iOS. Even so, many companies struggle to find enough developers to complete their Android projects. This trend is likely to continue as the overall number of smartphone users – and Android users, specifically – continues to grow.

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