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Ahmed Tikiwa

Senior Software Engineer & Android Tech Lead at Luno

Ahmed Tikiwa is a seasoned full-stack developer with over 8 years of experience and possesses a strong passion for developing world-class applications that can help make a difference. He has experience in both frontend and backend systems, where he has built enterprise solutions for major telecommunication companies. He holds an Android Nanodegree from Google and Udacity and is currently a Senior Software Engineer & Android Tech Lead at Luno and GDG Cape Town Co-organizer.

From XML to Compose, my journey of transforming an existing large app to Jetpack Compose

After Jetpack Compose was finally released, creators of new Android apps were now equipped with a tool that will help them easily write Android apps using the new declarative approach. The journey is not easy for developers who already have large apps that use the imperative, XML-based approach and want to convert it to Jetpack Compose. The migration journey has its ups and downs, initially daunting but eventually satisfying. This talk will highlight that journey, my learnings during the process, the benefits, pitfalls to avoid, and advice for developers looking to migrate their existing Android apps to Jetpack Compose as well as why it is worthwhile to migrate an existing app to Jetpack Compose.