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How to bring performance management closer to the (development) team

Discover different tools and process options for how to effectively address performance management.

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Announcing XRebel APM 2018

Bring Java performance testing back to development and QA with XRebel APM 2018

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Farewell, JRebel for Android

Hi, I’m Sten the Product Manager of JRebel for Android.

As a team, we’ve made the decision to halt active development on JRebel for Android. All JRebel for Android Free version users can continue using the product until March 31, 2019. However, we will not be accepting any new users.

Enterprise license users can continue using JRebel for Android until the license expires. And, as promised, we’ll also continue adding annotation processors for our Enterprise customers. We will continue integrating new Android Studio, Android Gradle Plugin, and Gradle versions throughout this time. However, we will not be building new features or working to further optimize the build process.

We would like to thank everyone who has been part of this awesome journey for the past three years. It has been challenging and fun. For those who are interested in the history, here’s a recap of how JRebel for Android came to be.

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Hot code swap in Android development with new version: JRebel for Android 2.5

Another version, another milestone. The last update post was back in April about JRebel for Android 2.2. In this post you’ll get the highlights over the last 46(!) releases.

With all the latest improvements, you’ll want to try JRebel for Android even if you’ve already tried it in the past. Just search for JRebel for Android in the Android Studio or IntelliJ plugin repository and install it for free!

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Introducing JRebel for Android Enterprise and a few more things…

Exciting times at ZeroTurnaround! Thanks to interest in and adoption of our newest product, JRebel for Android, we have made some good progress in the last 6 months. With these changes the product will better serve Android developers who are building large enterprise applications, developing at a fast pace, and have serious revenue objectives to meet. ZeroTurnaround has always focused on optimizing Java development and we are very excited to bring this expertise to Android development as well.

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Android Libraries that can clean up your code (with examples)!

Android development is fun there’s no doubt about it! But there is also a lot of repetitive boilerplate code that the platform forces us to write. Quite a lot of it is related to the UI components that you need to process. Some of it is required when you want your application architecture to be clean. There are a lot of operations executing asynchronously in the background – in fact, it’s quite easy to end up with a bunch of spaghetti code that is unreadable or just does not feel right.

Today we’ll look at 7 Android libraries that help you keep your code clean and readable, using an example project so that you can see the libraries in action.

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Using build cache in Android Studio makes Gradle build faster

We have previously published articles that, surprisingly, are not about JRebel for Android, but are useful for every Android developer. We’ve talked about your Gradle build times, about getting started with Retrofit 2 and so on.

Today, I’ll take a look at build cache that is coming to Android development toolbelt in the future. This can potentially have a great impact on improving build times. Which is universally a good thing, since no one likes to spend more time waiting for the project to build.

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JRebel for Android 2.0!

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Today, I’m excited to announce a significant milestone in the development of JRebel for Android. JRebel for Android has reached the 2.0 status. This is the first major release we have introduced since the release of JRebel for Android v1.0 in December last year.

We have been listening to your feedback and turned it into features that will help JRebel for Android make your development process faster and simpler. Literally, hundreds of fixes and improvements have been added in the v2.0 release.

In this post, I want to shed some light on the main features we’ve added since v1.0 and why we think it’s a really big deal.

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Speeding up Android builds with an incremental Java compiler

Since we launched JRebel for Android last year, we’ve learned a lot about the Android build system, how it behaves in real-world projects, and where actual build time bottlenecks occur. Most of this invaluable feedback came from our JRebel for Android users and provided us ideas on how to make it even faster!

Today, I’m pleased to announce that the JRebel for Android now includes an incremental compiler that makes the performance of code and resource updating even snappier.

When you use the default toolchain, specifically Android Studio and Gradle, there are two major tasks in the build process of an Android app that are not entirely incremental. First is the compilation of Java source files and the other is resource packaging. In this post, I wanted to share some details about the compilation aspect and how we made it incremental, what challenges still exist and where it can take you performance wise.

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Getting started with Firebase on Android

Architecting an Android application is a fascinating task. Besides designing how the component of you app will interact, you need to take care of the common functionality that any application needs. Typically that includes the requirements that go span across the functionality, like logging, managing users and credentials, metrics and analytics, and so on. Since you cannot always store all the necessary data on the device, you’ll need to think about some sort of a backend service.

When you are just starting a project you might be reluctant to build a backend service from scratch. One option you should consider is Firebase. A platform that contains a lot of the common functionality for you and offers features like notifications, file storage, analytics, remote config and so one as a service. At the moment it has eleven services that help you to develop, grow and earn money from your applications.

In this getting started with Firebase on Android post I’ll walk you through setting up an Android project with the Firebase platform. We make our project implement its application analytics and send events to the Firebase console.

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