January 2017 Meet Up - We're back

GDG Montreal
Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 6:00 PM (EST)

About this event

Hello everyone, it’s a new year and we’re back with our monthly meetup schedule!

Our first meetup of the year will take place on Thursday, January 26th. Here are the details:


Thursday, January 26th 2017

The meetup will be held at our usual place with our amazing partners at La Gare!

La GARE, 5333 Casgrain avenue in Mile End, (QC)


18:00 - Socializing!
18:30 - RxJava why all the fuss? by Samuel Dionne - Transit
19:00 - Break
19:30 - Kotlin in the real world by Phillipe Breault - American Express


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Transit is making sure everyone will have a happy and tasty meetup by sponsoring the Pizza. Transit is North America’s favourite transit app and helps millions of commuters to navigate their cities without losing their minds. It dreams of happier communities, where multiple modes work together and getting from A to B with Transit is simpler than climbing into a car. Check out their Android and iOS app.

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RxJava why all the fuss?

by Samuel Dionne - Transit 

A High-level overview of reactive programming with RxJava on Android. We'll explore the basic setup and compare reactive code with standard Java. By the end of this talk, you'll understand why RxJava is gaining so much popularity lately.


Samuel started on mobile in 2009 at CGI where he worked for Yellow Pages on their BlackBerry internal app, mobile website and Android app. He joined Transit in 2013 and is working on Android and backend services for them.

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Kotlin in the real world

by Philippe Breault - American Express

Kotlin is a modern language developed by JetBrains, the makers of the excellent Intellij on which Android Studio is based. Having used Kotlin in production on an android app for the past few months, Philippe will share what’s great about the language and what the caveats are. This talk will cover language features, tooling support, performance and interoperability with java. By the end, you should have a good understanding of the pros and cons of the language and be able to decide if you want to try it out.


Philippe is a software engineer at American Express and has been passionate about android since 2010.He worked on a wide variety of Android app for banks, newspapers, startups, television providers and more 

He is a GDE (Google Developer Expert), one of founding organizers of droidcon Montréal and the author of the ADB IDEA plugin for Android studio.