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Implement Search-on-type in Android with RxJava

June 20, 2018  6 minute read  

I’m working on a new sample which, as is typical, communicates with a backend service for data through a serverless API. In this particular example, it’s a search capability that I am developing and one of the features I want to implement is “search while you type”. Not a problem, you might think. Just put a search box on the page (probably in the action bar), wire up the onTextChange event handler, and do the search. So, that’s what I did: override fun onCreateOptionsMenu(menu: Menu?): Boo...

Build a Universal Search API with GraphQL and AWS AppSync

June 19, 2018  5 minute read  

Have you ever looked at a feature of a mobile app and wondered how they do something? Me too! I like to figure out how they built those features and build them into my own apps. Take, as an example, universal search. You can find this sort of search box at the top of the Facebook app. So, how do they implement it? I’ve not seen their codebase, but I imagine it’s something similar to the following proof of concept. The schema I have a GraphQL API already built within AWS AppSync with the fol...

How developers can authenticate and authorize users with AWS AppSync

June 01, 2018  7 minute read  

AWS AppSync provides four distinct methods of authorizing users to optimize and restrict data being transferred AWS AppSync is a managed GraphQL data service that supports offline and real-time scenarios. The service allows the developer to optimize the data transfer between client and server. Any non-trivial application will need to authenticate users. It’s the only way to identify a distinct real person using the application. That association is required for private data storage and c...

Unit Testing in Android Studio with Kotlin

May 12, 2018  5 minute read  

I made myself a promise a couple of months ago. My next app would be fully unit tested for the non-UI components and fully instrument-tested for the UI components. That’s a tall order, especially since I’m using the latest and greatest Android Studio Canary. I ran into a few problems. Some can’t be solved and some can. Let’s start with a simple test. I’ve got a class that looks this: data class Note(val id: String = UUID.randomUUID().toString()) { var updated: Long = System.currentTimeMil...

Deploy an AWS AppSync GraphQL API with CloudFormation

April 17, 2018  15 minute read  

There are lots of tutorials about creating an AWS AppSync API from the ground up using the console. However, sooner or later, you are going to want to create an API for production. You could, just as simply, point-and-click your way around the console to produce the same API. However, that is fraught with problems. You can’t check that API into source code control, nor can you repeatedly deploy the API. Ultimately, you’ll want to automate your deployments. This article is about how you can ...