Doug Stevenson

Firebase Android Software Development Serverless Google Google Cloud

Sunnyvale, California, United States

Easy, scalable backends for Android developers

So you want to be a “full stack” developer?

In the past, engineering teams typically split front end and back end responsibilities. As an Android developer, you're almost certainly slotted into the front end category with no responsibility on the back end. And, if you do want to work on the back end for an app, it can be taxing to learn new tools and languages, while being responsible for managing and scaling a server farm. But times have changed, and it’s much easier to be a “full stack” developer!

Today, serverless backends are popular, which means server management and scaling has become fully automated. Instead of worrying about infrastructure, you can spend time learning new tools and languages. And if that doesn't appeal to you, you can still use many of the same tools and languages you use for Android development. Do you want to write Kotlin everywhere? There is a solution for you! Join this talk to survey some serverless options provided by Google, and figure out which options are right for you.


Doug Stevenson

Director of Developer Relations at Mesmer, previously Firebase@Google

Doug is a veteran engineer, experienced public speaker, and director of developer relations at Mesmer, an early stage startup building mobile app testing tools using AI and ML. He was previously a developer advocate with the Firebase team at Google. Doug has been developing for Android since the very first Android device was on the market, and has bootstrapped the efforts of Silicon Valley startups. Outside of work, Doug follows professional ice hockey and enjoys craft beer.

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