On October 10th 2015, Google had organized the biggest Google Tech related event in The Netherlands, located in Science park, the heart of science in Amsterdam. Uniface as one of the sponsors was invited to join the event. As the representing group of Uniface, the mobile development team attended the Google DevFest, an event carefully crafted for the developers by the Dutch GDG communities.
GDG DevFests are large, community-run events that can offer speaker sessions across multiple product areas, all-day hack-a-thons, code labs, and more. Google Developer Groups (GDGs) are for developers who are interested in Google's developer technology; everything from the Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud platforms.
A GDG can take many forms -- from just a few people getting together to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to events like code sprints and hackathons. However, at the core, GDGs are focused on developers and technical content, and the core audience are mainly developers.
Each GDG DevFest is inspired by and uniquely tailored to the needs of the developer community that hosts it. DevFest 2015 also had a series of speaker sessions and workshops for web, mobile and cloud solutions, glimpses of the sessions were about -
- Material coordination –a new design support library by Google, which helps bring a lot of material design components including a navigation drawer view, floating labels, floating action buttons, snack bars, and a new framework to tie motion and scroll events. The library is supported for Android version 2.1 and higher.
- Firebase : codeless backend for Android - Firebase is a cloud services provider and backend as a service . Firebase's primary product is a realtime database which provides an API that allows developers to store and sync data across multiple clients.
- Google Cloud Endpoints and AngularJS -Google Cloud Endpoints consists of tools, libraries and capabilities that allow you to generate APIs and client libraries from an App Engine application, referred to as an API backend, to simplify client access to data from other applications. Endpoints makes it easier to create a web backend for web clients and mobile clients such as Android or Apple's iOS.
- UI Router - It’s a routing framework that allows us to organize the interface by a state machine, rather than a simple URL route.
- Polymer - library makes it easier than ever to make fast, beautiful, and interoperable web components.
Last but not least, and most importantly, being a sponsor, we also had an opportunity to provide a short pitch and say something about Uniface to the developer groups. The pitch was very nicely outlined and well presented by Thomas Stolwijk.