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Understanding when and how Android Views have dimensions set

I believe that almost every Android dev has at least once tried to get a View’s dimension, but it returned 0, nada. This is a very common situation, it is one of those problems that we just Google for a solution and find a workaround that seems to work. We add it to the code without having much idea of what’s going on and that’s it. In this article I’ll explain why this happens and why many of the most used workarounds should be avoided. In the end I’ll give you a very sweet solution.

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Workflow Technical

How I created the Product Thinking Canvas

I recently shared content about Product Thinking during an event and this mindset is changing the way I’m looking at Projects and Products.

There are great articles out there about Product Thinking, like this one, but no canvas that brings together all the main questions Product Thinking focuses on.

With that being said, I took a stab at it and created one (there is a tiny possibility others are looking for something like this but never found it).

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Tools Mobile Development

MVVM in iOS

One of my biggest concerns as a developer is how a project is structured. Defining a good and clean architecture with helpful names and nice design patterns is very important. It helps you and other developers to easily understand how different components of the code connect to each other and makes our lives easier in the long term. It’s also very important to keep a good documentation about it. Always keep the README.md file updated. It helps new developers a lot.

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Let’s think Green – even in IT

Questions involving sustainability are becoming more and more recurrent, however, the evolving of technology has created a massive wave of exaggerated consumerism marked by waste of IT components that can be harmful to the environment. In the end, it drove a competition between companies and stimulated the development of new green technologies. This is the scenario where the Green IT concept popped out.

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Tools

Starting with Graph Databases: A Quick look into Neo4j

Let’s talk about Neo4j, a graph database that recently has attracted a significant number of fans. My goal is for you to have a brief (I promise to be quick) vision of how it works and to give you some examples to make it more tangible.

We are used to write data using tables, to relate them through primary keys and, by looking directly at the data, you only see IDs. Graph databases were designed mainly so that this doesn’t happen. Its purpose is for you to have a complete understanding when looking at the data. Continue Reading