Screenshot Tests Are Manual Tests

Screenshot tests are a powerful tool, but come with some hidden costs. While they can help us quickly add test coverage to our UI code, for most of our behavioral tests they often test the wrong thing.
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Simple APIs are elegant APIs

I recently gave a presentation about how Dagger works under the hood, and I was once again struck by the elegance of the javax.inject.Provider interface. The interface is so simple it almost seems useless, but it’s also incredibly flexible, and forms the basis of much of the code generated by Dagger.
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Rounded Corners

Someone raised an interested question about how Android and iOS handle rounded corners in UI elemnets differently, so I used Jetpack Compose and Geometry to try to figure out why.
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Building Plugable Features on Android

Modularization of Gradle projects can ease a team’s growing pains, but can also introduce challenges when architecting features that require knowledge of the specific modules used in an app. This post looks at approaches for dynamically aggregating dependencies in a project for reusable, extensible features.
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Make a Prototype

Solving problems in programming often includes unknowns. Before I commit to lots of work I like to try to shed some light on those questions as quickly as I can, usually with working prototypes.
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Handling Dates & Times in SQLite

SQLite may not have dedicated datetime data types, but that doesn’t mean we have to restort to queries filled with meaningless numbers and post-processing datasets in application code. Here we’ll take a look at a real world use case for SQLite’s datetime functions and see how they can make working with dates easier.
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SQLDelight on the Server

Cashapp’s SQLDelight, a great ORM-like library for Android apps and SQLite, recently extracted it’s database driver to support other types of databases, opening it up to other use cases. Here are some tips from my recent experience deploying SQLDelight in a web app.
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Server Side Analytics with GoAccess

While simplifying and modernizing my website I realized that I don’t need anything as invasive as Google Analytics, so switched to server side analytics. Here I detail what I tried, and the docker container I ended up building to support automatic, robust, server side analytics.
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Replacing Mocks

After reading a recent post by Sam Edwards detailing how he wraps mock objects for tests, I had a good discussion with him and others about the alternative: simply making Fake implementations.
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Your Labor is a Product

How my experience as a freelancer changed my perspective on hiring and employment.
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