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This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” - Julia Child. The first lessons of an apprentice cook typically focus on identifying quality. Reinforced by repetitive acts, which helps understand the product and the method. This training only focuses on the detail rather than the bigger picture. With these new skills a cook learns how to adapt. Once they have a strong grasp of the fundamentals cooks are less fearful of experimentation. After they’ve gained confidence in their ability to adapt, improvisation teaches them how to act based on their intuition. Finally, when they have enough technical skill, a chef’s creativity finally enters the picture. A dish is simply the expression of a personal challenge, filtered through the whole of a cook’s experience and knowledge. Adapt, try new things, overcome and learn from your mistakes, repeat. How well do you think you'd cope if you had to be a professional chef for a day? What if we replace “cooks/chefs” with “Android developers” in the previous text?
The software you create is the expression of our knowledge, of what you’ve learned, and your own experiences. The path of becoming a senior Android developer can be very similar to the one cooks take to become chefs. Anastasia wants to learn from chefs and their journeys and apply it to your own craftsmanship. During her talk you will learn what path you can expect in your career, what skills will be needed in each step, what it takes to become a good Android developer, what it means to be senior developer, and finally how to lead a team successfully.
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Anastasia Lopez is a very passionate Software Engineer, working @ Memrise as an Android developer. She like cupcakes, chocolate, and all types of sweets, which is probably what led her to the Android world.