Ask HN: Is Android development a thing of the past?

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  • "I haven't seen excitement around any product and ecosystem launched since 2018 except flutter and Firebase."

    Hard disagree, lol. Android Jetpack was launched in 2018. It was basically the second generation of Android development, it was a proper "tech stack" instead of everyone cobbling together third party libraries. Architectures switched over to the one true MVVM, instead of being this mess of MVC, MVP, etc.

    Jetpack Compose is pretty amazing, it cut down our LOC by about half because we don't need adapters for every list. Kotlin coroutines & flow is nice. You get reactive programming, no more complex nested if/else conditions. We're not using Fragments or Activities much now either, navigation is via Compose, meaning DI is less necessary. So builds can be much faster too with a 2023 stack, and you can get UI changes rendered in the emulator immediately without even needing to update the build.

    Here's a modern stack I made, should be able to spin up an app in an hour, and it shouldn't be too hard to read the code: https://github.com/smuzani/android-minimalist-template

    Or if you want something production, Stripe's code is one of my favorites: https://github.com/stripe/stripe-android

    Jetpack has some dark moments though, but that's a story for another day.

  • stripe-android

    Stripe Android SDK

    "I haven't seen excitement around any product and ecosystem launched since 2018 except flutter and Firebase."

    Hard disagree, lol. Android Jetpack was launched in 2018. It was basically the second generation of Android development, it was a proper "tech stack" instead of everyone cobbling together third party libraries. Architectures switched over to the one true MVVM, instead of being this mess of MVC, MVP, etc.

    Jetpack Compose is pretty amazing, it cut down our LOC by about half because we don't need adapters for every list. Kotlin coroutines & flow is nice. You get reactive programming, no more complex nested if/else conditions. We're not using Fragments or Activities much now either, navigation is via Compose, meaning DI is less necessary. So builds can be much faster too with a 2023 stack, and you can get UI changes rendered in the emulator immediately without even needing to update the build.

    Here's a modern stack I made, should be able to spin up an app in an hour, and it shouldn't be too hard to read the code: https://github.com/smuzani/android-minimalist-template

    Or if you want something production, Stripe's code is one of my favorites: https://github.com/stripe/stripe-android

    Jetpack has some dark moments though, but that's a story for another day.

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