Tuesday, 5 January 2016

2015 Successes

So while I wasn't finishing projects or making YouTube videos, I had greater things taking my time. First on the list was work, lecturing is really fun if you know what you are teaching and programming can’t be crammed, memorized or even taught in theory, so I had to spend time reading and researching best examples to pass the skill and this in turn made me not just a better teacher but also a better developer.
Besides work I spent time and money on online courses on graphics, game development and mobile application, two of which I have already completed. There is hardly any feeling as good as spending your money on making yourself smarter.

Trip to A.B.U Zaria
I was invited to give a talk in A.B.U by the FlexiSaf team thanks to GDG Abuja Lead (Bulama). Truth is this requires a post of its own but let me drop the highlights. I work in a private university where when free Google Developer Events were organised it was difficult getting people to attend and you dare not think charging money will make things better, but here I was nervous at the massive crowd that came to hear us talk from morning to evening the hall was packed, people even came from neighbouring schools, (reminds me of the ever ready GDG Lafia team) I was in awe looking at the crowd,  I gave my talk and the question and answer session and demo was really fun, people saw how easy it was to get started developing Android apps. Watch out for a more detailed post on this trip, thanks FlexiSaf and A.B.U Zaria for this event.

images from event at ABU Zaria

Developer Festival is a Google Event where different google developer communities come together and interact on technological trends how to harness and teach its application. I was opportune to give a talk on Android Material design and I was quite tense, tense because I didn’t know what type of crowd to expect and had my presentation continuously changing till the final day. It turned out quite epic, fun and informative can’t wait for this year’s DevFest.

post north central Devfest video (credit: Sir Muff)

north central Devfest trailer video (credit: sir Muffs)

Android study jam
Google organised an Android study jam which is a club where interested people can come and learn how to build android applications professionally, I was given the task of handling the event at our GDG BinghamUniversity chapter and boy was it a fun experience.

Post event video

Generally 2015 was a blast because of the people I met, friends made, experiences both positive and negative and the fact that we are here to witness and “do more” in 2016
GDG Bingham welcome event for 2015 100 level

GDG Bingham welcome event for 2015 100 level

Google IO Extended (always epic at our chapter)


2015 Failures

I had several projects last year, I started and dropped them half way through the process, mostly because I was building to learn and once the knowledge is gained I drop it to move to the next phase (It is not a good habit).

Video game project

Alright I teased Angry mallam Infinite runner on Instagram last year and this game was a proof of concept for @Danny Cypher to guide him through his game development he however changed his mind which in turn killed my “ginger” (so that one is his fault ;)) but towards the end of 2015 I started revamping the project from a more experienced point of view.

Watch out for the build this year

Solar system VR project

Virtual reality caught my attention especially because it is so affordable with google cardboard and neat the documentation is pretty neat, I built a solar system concept for kids but I could never come around to integrate cool or nice graphics so I kept it lock down, to make things worse my nexus 5 started acting up after falling, so can't test VR till I change or fix it.

photo of my sleeping nexus 5 in a Cardboard

Mobile application project

In 2013 Mr Muffy and I built MedicNaija an app that helps you find closest hospitals, call doctors, report epidemics and get notification of prominent diseases and how to prevent, cure and control them. We pulled it down in 2014, I built the windows phone version as my final year project which I also pulled down from the windows store, I started working on it in 2015 but I knew that wouldn’t work out well because windows 10 was coming to change the platform, hence dropping the project. For now.

screenshot from medicnaija 2013
Other stuff

I released zero youtube videos (damn!), I didn’t finish any personal dev project.

A dive into 2015

Enter 2015, I was still undergoing my service to my country even though it was just months to the end of that circle the question what is the next stage still lingered. 2015 held no developer trophies like 2013 and 2014 where I released apps to the windows phone store and did a couple of tutorial videos for my youtube channel.

youtube video from 2014

So it basically started slowly, not dull, but slowly, at the end of my service I felt I will go home, sharpen my dev skills and further my education. I was however offered a job as a Graduate assistant at Bingham University which got me really excited because this means I will teach what I love, sharpen my skills, work with young sharp minds and of course earn some bucks.

selfie after devfest, never got to see the selfie though.

I learnt a lot last year so much so that I think I prefer it to previous years, won’t say it was perfect because there was the national elections and serious adjustments going on which sometimes gets real dark but hey where is the fun in a peachy life right. However I found the exact path I wanted to follow and for me nothing else mattered ("do what you love and you will never work a day in your life" -Confucius), game development, mobile application development and making sure anyone who comes to me with a problem leaves smiling.

Welcome to 2016 guys

Watch out for 2015 failures and successes...