Kristin Marsicano is an Android developer at Big Nerd Ranch, and the co-author of Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide. Prior to working at Big Nerd Ranch, Kristin spent five years teaching introductory Computer Science courses at Georgia Tech. Always an educator at heart, she is passionate about learning, software development, and the intersection of the two. When she is not teaching or developing apps, you can find Kristin cooking for her growing family, doing yoga, or learning something new (like gardening).

Close the Loop: Developers and Designers Working Together

Designers and developers often contribute to the same project. And yet it is often the case that little time is spent on determining how the working relationship will…er…work. Whether you are a developer or designer at a product company, an independent contractor, or as part of a team of consultants, you will leave this session with new techniques to streamline your “dev+sign” process. At Big Nerd Ranch we’ve forged a process where Android/iOS/Web developers and designers work hand-in-hand throughout the life of a project to support each other in creating the most awesome mobile and web apps possible. We will walk you through real examples from the trenches (names will be changes to protect the innocent!) and share details about processes we follow to solve problems we have faced in creating apps for our clients.

Survey the Landscape of Testing on Android (Keynote)

Come explore what people mean when they say, “testing on Android is hard”. We will discuss challenges, both past and present, and survey the current landscape of testing tools and frameworks available in Android-land. You will see basic examples of testing on Android in action. More importantly, you walk away with a mental map of testing options available so you can continue to explore on your own.