Annoying duties? Here are 5 tips on how to motivate people to do them

Every company struggles with some “administration-like” problems. How to motivate coworkers to do the annoying duties they dislike?

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Setting animation scale for Android UI tests

This post describes how to disable animations on Android device or AVD before running UI tests (especially Espresso-powered) in reliable way.

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Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time – book review

Review of the book written by Jeff Sutherland (Scrum co-founder) “Scrum. The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.”

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How to speak to developer — Designers’ Cheatsheet

Communication between designer and developer is essential to the project success — so far, so obvious and we all know it, right? But the reality very often challenges us with communication issues that nobody’s expected because we’re all focusing on the natural flow of work and the great results we’d like to achieve.

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What’s new in AVFoundation in iOS 10

With iOS 10 we are getting some new features which can improve camera usage in our apps. I would briefly talk about three of them.

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Add elements to an array like a pro

It’s well known that merging arrays through plus operator cause the compilation process to take much longer. But what about an execution time? As could be expected the winner can be only one.

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Android Gradle configurations

Article explains configuration provided by Android Gradle plugin.

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Face tracking with AVFoundation

Face tracking is an interesting feature which is available in iOS since it’s 5th version. In this tutorial I would like to show you how to implement it in Swift 3.0.

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Notifications in iOS 10

With iOS 10, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 launch Apple introduced the new UserNotifications framework. It supports the delivery and handling of local and remote notifications. Cool, but you can say that it was already possible through UIKit and classes like UILocalNotification or dictionaries for remote notifications. And you’re completely right, but these new possibilities, in particular, are extremely convenient and powerful. Take a look at it with me!

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3D Touch in Swift 3.0

With the introduction of iPhone 6S, Apple presented new feature called 3D Touch. It is a new layer on device’s screen that can detect the force of our touch. 3D Touch allows developers to provide users with the bunch of new experiences when using the app. 3D Touch API can handle three different use cases of […]

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Sketch features that made me forget about Photoshop

While working on our latest project, I got really frustrated with Photoshop. I’ve just got a brand new MacBook Pro, the project has just started and it already took ages for my Photoshop to run a simple PSD file. This is it, we have to look for a new solution here. People were talking around […]

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How to spice up your app with iOS 10 magic?

Since September 7th iOS 10 Golden Master is available. That means in a few days there should be also the first initial public release of it. And that’s pretty awesome. I really enjoyed all the previous betas on my iPhone and can’t wait for the public seed available for everyone! But what does it mean for developers?

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How to handle Featured and MVP in simple Android app

Introduction During my company workcation in Bali, I noticed that the main mean of transport in Indonesia are scooters, they are used by everyone and I mean it, EVERYONE. They are so popular, that they almost replaced public transportation. With so high number of scooters, there have to be a lot of them needing repair. It […]

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Espresso Test Recorder – A quick How-To

A quick how-to on using the newest feature of Android Studio – Espresso Test Recorder

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What’s new in iOS 10?

On June 13th people were sitting in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and waiting for the biggest Apple developers feast of the year – WWDC. They spent a lot of money, travelled thousands of kilometres, wrote myriads of lines of code to be a part of this memorable event, to hear what’s new in Apple devices microcosmos first-handy.

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/dev/full on OS X

How to simulate ENOSPC errors on OS X

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What’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat?

An overview of new featuers in Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Constraint Layout == Relative Layout on roids?

Sneak peek at Constraint Layout and new Layout Editor along with simple example.

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Multi-Window Simple Examples: Part 3 – Launching another app

Simple example of how we can start another app in split-screen mode

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Multi-Window Simple Examples: Part 2 – Drag and drop

Simple example of how to handle drag and drop during multi-window

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Multi-Window Simple Examples: Part 1 – Screen changes

Simple example of how to handle screen changes during multi-window

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Error Handling in Swift 2.0

Does it sound frightening? Not anymore! Easy example how to implement new error handling model in Swift.

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Why do we love Realm?

For many Core Data is a synonym for an iOS database. Mobile Core Data appeared in 2009 and for five years was the one and only solution. Nowadays Core Data in iOS 9 looks almost the same as the first from iOS 3 SDK. That makes it a little bit out-of-date, especially in Swift app. Fortunately since 2014 there is Realm – new king in the database kingdom.

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RxSwift by Examples
#4 – Multithreading.

When we are talking about Rx, often times it all boils down to connecting (binding) our data sources with UI. You can see it clearly in our examples – we are connecting data to UI on a daily basis. In previous parts of the series, apart from UI bindings, we were also talking about retrieving the data. […]

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Futuristic UX Trends from UX Poland 2016

Last week, Warsaw was all about User Experience. Starting Monday until Thursday, at the Copernicus Science Center, almost 400 people took part in the 7th edition of UX Poland — which is one of the largest UX events in Europe.

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Unit tests with custom JUnit rules, annotations and resources

Some advanced solutions for unit tests

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How to migrate Parse app to AWS – our story

Parse announced that they were going to retire on January 28, 2017. It is a big problem for all customers using Parse for their apps because they have to migrate all data and set up their own backend. We have already moved one of our apps and we want to share with you our experience.

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RxJava – the production line

A bit different introduction to RxJava

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Beautiful charts in Swift

Charts are lovely way to present complicated data sets. Everything seems to be easier when you can see it. One picture is worth of thousand words and the same can be said about charts.

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RxSwift by Examples
#3 – Networking.

Learn how to fetch your data from API, chain requests and setup Moya with RxSwift! 🎉

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RxSwift by Examples
#2 – Observable and the Bind.

In this article we will learn about bindings and how you can connect things in RxSwift!

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Swift vs Obj-C Performance Comparison

Is Swift faster than Objective-C? This question has been asked so many times and the answer is still unclear. So I took the recent Xcode 7.3 beta and ran some tests comparing Swift 2.2 and Objective-C. The results were surprising even for me.

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Rosie – Let’s Dive Into Clean Architecture

Review of Rosie – Android framework to create application that follows principles of Clean Architecture.

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RxSwift by Examples
#1 – The basics.

Start your adventure with Functional Reactive Programming and learn how to use RxSwift with your projects! 🎉

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Android Flip Animation – Explained

How to do a flip animation

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What’s new in Swift 2.2?

Swift 2.2 is going to be released with Xcode 7.3 and is supposed to be sometime in March to May of 2016. This issue is planned to be an intermediate point between Swift 2 and Swift 3 contains more changes. Actually Swift 2.2 only warns you about changes, when Swift 3 would not allow you many things you have got used to. But do not worry – I guess it is another big step to make Swift swifter.

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IBDesignable and IBInspectable in Interface Builder

A picture is worth a thousand words. Simple and meaningful. Why have to setup whole view (meaning not only UIView, but all its subclasses included buttons, images or cells) with raw code and imagine how it possibly could look, when you can easily use IBInspectable and IBDesignable available in Interface Builder since Xcode 6? Exactly! Let’s try it out and take a look how simple it is.

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Example of Realm with MVP and Dagger

How to use Realm in MVP pattern with Dagger

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Realm in Android – simple example

Simple example of Realm database

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How to integrate Gerrit with HipChat

You can find complete source code on Droids on Roids’ GitHub repository Background One of the useful features for Gerrit users is to receive notifications about events related to their changes. Gerrit contains built-in support for email notifications. You can just configure SMTP settings and voilà, bunch categories of emails will be sent. So far so […]

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Google Cloud Messaging and Parse comparison

Two different ways of approaching the implementation of Apple Push Notification Service in iOS app. Google Cloud Messaging versus Parse Push Notifications. Which one is the best for you?

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SwiftCarousel

Circular UIScrollView – SwiftCarousel

Circular UIScrollView. Learn how to use SwiftCarousel helper with examples.

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Log in with Twitter

Currently, most mobile applications have login by social networks. In this post we will focus on solution using Twitter platform. We will try to create simple login using Parse backend service which provides support the Twitter API.

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Maze Game with SpriteKit

Do you remember days when maze games like Labyrinth 2 from Illusion Labs where one of the most popular titles on the App Store? In fact it was kinda long time ago, when iPhone 3Gs and 4 had its glory time. I still think it was really nice idea, so why not to create own Maze game, especially since iOS SDK has such great framework like SpriteKit?

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DroidsOnRoids Rising Star

Droids On Roids ranked in Top 5 Rising Stars in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe Awards!

Droids On Roids was listed in top 5 fastest growing, young tech companies in Central Europe!

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Meaningful Motion with Shared Element Transition and Circular Reveal Animation

The project can be found on DroidsOnRoids Github in Material Showcase repository.   First glance The circular reveal animation is one of the most popular animations in a Material Design paradigm. Following official android documentation: Reveal animations provide users visual continuity when you show or hide a group of UI elements. So with this kind of animation […]

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Apple TV Menu

Apple TV Parallax Effect in Swift

Have you seen new Apple TV? Looks great, and brand new design brings some iOS/OSX feeling! As always, Apple included subtle, but very cool effect to interact with interface. Here’s you can look how to recreate it in Swift.

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How to start your Android development journey

Do you want to be an Android developer? I am sure that the answer is ‘Of course! I’ve always wanted to be an Android developer. It had been my dream since I remember. But the hardest thing was how to start the journey. First steps First of all you should buy the most expensive smartphone […]

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iOS & Android Mobile Development Company Software House Poland

Content Blockers in iOS 9

Since iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, Apple has started supporting content blockers. This brings us ad blocking and many other interesting possibilities.

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iOS & Android Mobile Development Company Software House Poland

UIStackView in Swift Part 1

In June 2015, something finally changed in terms of layout in iOS. On WWDC Apple introduced a new layout tool for developers – UIStackView. Well known to OSX developers, this great layout view finally came into iOS world. Let’s be honest – AutoLayout is not trivial – for experienced developers is logical and enable them […]

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Top Design Tools for Android App Developers

In this article I’d like to show you most useful (and free!) tools that you might like while designing your Android app. You’ll find plugins, web sites and more. So let’s start! 1. Device Metrics – web site Web site: https://design.google.com/devices/ Have you ever wondered what density has your phone? Or which device has tvdpi […]

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How to create fancy screen transitions used in walkthrough in Android Google Drive App.

Recently I found very cool introduction screen in Google Drive App visible above. I really like Google color transition between screens. It was my inspiration to create this cool color transition by myself.

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Testing Dagger 2 with ESPRESSO + MOCKITO + ROBOLECTRIC

Complete source code can be found on Droids On Roids Github Introduction Anyone who has ever tried making test to Android project that is using Dagger 1 knows that this is quite possible to override existing modules and replace them with test ones, e.g.:

Dagger 2 brings us @Component and @Module, annotations which implies […]

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How to generate Java sources using buildSrc Gradle project and Codemodel

Introduction Assume that you have to embed some data in your Android application. Data which is gathered from some external source and needs to be parsed to be usable inside an app. In this example we will use list of Internet top-level domains. As you can see at ICANN TLD Report there are over 1000 […]

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Differences between minSdkVersion, maxSdkVersion, compileSdkVersion and targetSdkVersion

Introduction There are 4 places in build.gradle where Android SDK version can be defined. This article describes their meanings and purposes. All of them are connected with concept of API level. In general it corresponds to Android system version and the newer device and system the higher API level is. Certain parts of Android framework […]

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How to create PagerTitleStrip with current page indicator only

Original PagerTitleStrip displays indicators of the current, next, and previous pages of the ViewPager but sometimes only current is needed. It looks like the others can be hidden by setting non-primary alpha value to zero but despite of that shadows can appear. TextViews containing mentioned indicators are not exposed so it is not possible to set their visibility even by […]

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Using processes to avoid OutOfMemoryErrors

One of the ways to increase available memory (heap) size is to divide application to separate processes. Each <activity>, <service>, <receiver> and <provider> can specify a process in which it should run. To do this just set

attribute in particular tag in AndroidManifest.xml. Where com.example.appname is desired process name. You can assign multiple components to one […]

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