Practical Information for Tutorial Attendees

March 15th, 2017

On Thursday a part of the appdevcon visitors will gather in the Holiday Inn Arena Towers Amsterdam for a day of in-depth learning. In this post we’ll share some practical information regarding the tutorial day on Thursday. Note that tutorial day requires a separate ticket, if you have a ticket that says ‘Conference Only’ then it does not include the tutorial day.

Most tutorial day attendees also have a ticket for the main conference on Friday (in Pathe Arena), so read the Practical Info For Conference Attendees too.

Travel

arenatowersThe tutorial day is at Holiday Inn Arena Towers Amsterdam. (Hoogoorddreef 66b, 1101 BE Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Google Maps Link.

If you come by car, there is a (paid) parking at the hotel and plenty of (paid) parking garages nearby. Since parking in Amsterdam is expensive, we recommend using public transport instead. The nearest train station is Amsterdam Bijlmer-Arena and there are lines (for example metro line 54) between Amsterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena. From there it’s a few minutes walk towards Holiday Inn.

For general public transport advice: 9292.nl is a helpful site in Dutch and English. Here’s a useful map of the Amsterdam trams and metros.

Registration

We’ll open the doors around 8.15am, at which point we have 45 minutes to get everyone inside and registered. Here’s a heads-up so we can make the process as smooth as possible.

Bring your ticket, either printed or (preferred even) on your phone. (We may ask for an ID to confirm it’s your ticket).

Appdevcon is on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn. Just follow the signs.

After registration there’s coffee and tea.

Important: You will need to hold on to your badge until Friday, as we only issue a badge once and it’s valid for 2 days.

Code of Conduct

We have adopted a code of conduct that helps us make the conference a welcome and safe place for everyone. You can find the code of conduct here.

The Tutorials

We start at 9.00am sharp. Your badge will tell you what tutorial you’re registered for. There are 3 tutorial rooms. People and/or signs will guide you to the correct one. All tutorial rooms have WiFi. There are power outlets, so don’t forget to bring your charger. Even though we have WiFi, it might be best to download any large files that are mentioned in the tutorial prerequisites (see below) beforehand.

Here are some specific preparation instructions for the tutorials. For the rest of the tutorials there are no specific instructions. In general, bringing a laptop to be able to follow along with exercises is a good idea. If you don’t have a laptop, just sit with somebody who does and work together. If you download the essential tools beforehand, we’re more likely to not overrun the WiFi network.

Testing Android Apps

A working install of Android Studio.

Building ReactNative Apps with GraphQL and Apollo

A working installation of Xcode or Android Studio

Adding magic to Swift with SwiftGen and Sourcery

Attendees should have this software installed:

Test the Heck out of your Swift Code

A working installation of Xcode

Functional Reactive Programming with Rx

Robert says: “To get started with the tutorial it would be nice if the following piece of code (Java or Swift one) would be working on your machine.

– Java (with java 8 support, since Android will support Java 8 in the near future, and it makes writing code a whole lot easier for me): https://gist.github.com/ijansch/4aa0f40dfb27c0018bf1e94bfc685395

– Swift: https://gist.github.com/ijansch/fdc304a201ebee64c5b3ce598b51a928

Magic Android Development with Aspects

  • – A working installation of Android Studio (2.3)
  • – A working installation of the Android SDK
  • – Attendees can already clone, checkout and build the basic app on which the tutorial is based: https://github.com/xgouchet/magic-appdevcon

Catering

Coffee, tea, water are available throughout the tutorial day (no charge), during the afternoon break there are soft drinks. Lunch will be provided as well (buffet).

Feedback and help

Throughout the day, if you need any help, find any of the Egeniq people (we wear recognisable shirts); we’ll be monitoring Twitter as well (follow @appdevconnl on twitter for up to the minute information).

That’s all!

We hope this post gives you a heads-up of what to expect on Thursday.

See you tomorrow,
Ivo