Event: Building Realtime Apps with Firebase

How easy is it to build a cross-platform realtime application? Join us on Friday at 5.30pm and we will show you how to quickly build rich, collaborative applications that can serve millions of users on mobile devices using Firebase. And it comes with plenty of offline capabilities too.
Venue: Co-Creation Hub.
Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm.
Date: This Friday October 30.
This event is free, but please register through the link below to join us on that day.
Join us!

Ask Me Anything with Emeka Afigbo – Program Manager of Developer Relations at Google

Join Emeka Afigbo –  Google Programme Manager for Developer Relations (in other words – the inside man  in Google for Developers in Nigeria and most of Africa) for the Ask Me Anything Session taking place on radar.techcabal.com today at 5pm. 

Hello Radar community. This is Emeka Afigbo. I'm currently the Program Manager of Developer Relations at Google. For the past four years I have worked to help grow the Sub Saharan African tech ecosystem and it's been an interesting journey. I'm excited to be here. Ask me anything! . Needless to say, my answers will represent my views and not necessarily those of Google…or anyone else [:smile:]

Really, ask him anything. Got questions about becoming a Google Developer Expert or even a Googler or about some of the insightful articles on his blog or need some technical advice on stuff or want to know more about the plans over the next few months or just ANYTHING in particular? You can ask him right there and start dropping the questions now.

Google Product Launch in Lagos: Register Now!

Closing today and limited to the first 200 RSVPs, this is an invitation to a Special Product launch in Lagos by Google next week.
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                                        You're Invited

We have an exciting announcement to make and we'd like you to be there.
Google invites you to an afternoon of demo's, fun food and innovative conversation.

When: 18 August 2015
 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Somewhere in Lekki Peninsula. Details will be sent to invited guests
Please RSVP here no later than 10 August 2015

We look forward to your company


The Google Nigeria Team

Strictly by invitation only and limited to the first 200 RSVP's!


“GIT with the Programme”: This Saturday

This Saturday at the Co-Creation Hub, the Lagos GitHub Meetup  & Google Developer Group, Lagos will be hosting hands-on sessions on GIT for Beginners and Advanced Users.

This will be a hands-on event. You need to bring a laptop along to participate. 
There will be two separate tracks. The two tracks will be running simultaneously in two different rooms so there is something for every developer – whether you have been using GIT for version control  for years or if you have just started or if you have not yet started.
Beginners Track
– Introduction to version control, why it is necessary.
– Types of version control systems (centralized vs distributed)
– Installing git.
     – smartgit.
– Initializing repositories (git init)
– Basic commands:
     'git clone'
     'git add'
     'git status'
     'git log'
     'git commit'
– Branching (git branch) and why it is necessary.
Intermediate / Advanced users: 
– Traversing the repository using 'git log' options
– Understanding git objects – commits, trees and blobs.
– Basic usage of 'git cherry-pick'
– Git rebase (introducing interactive rebases)
– Git stash
– Git on the server (BitBucket, GitHub and private servers)
Date: Saturday August 1.
Time: 11am – 2pm
Venue: Co-Creation Hub, Sabo, Yaba.
Please remember that this will be a hands-on event. You need to bring a laptop along to participate. 

#APISaturday Speaker: Celestine Omin

#APISaturday is a series of monthly events organized by GDG Lagos with a special focus on APIs – best practices and ideas on how to build them & connect with them and make the best use of them.

Meet our first speaker at this weekend’s #APISaturday: Celestine Omin

Celestine (@cyberomin) is a Software Engineer at Konga, an $80m VC backed  eCommerce company. 

In this role, he has worked on major products including leading the development of Konga’s online community (http://community.konga.com), an online community forum for Konga’s merchants and customers. This project has gone on to save the company over $400,000 in annual licensing fee for a SaaS-based forum solution.
He also served as the lead engineer for SellerHQ (http://shq.konga.com) and online marketplace platform for Konga’s over 12,000 stores.

Event Date: July 11th
Time: 12pm
Venue: Co-Creation Hub

Celestine is also the lead maintainer and developer of NSEFinance (http://nsefinance.com), an experimental API for the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He is also the convener of The Lagos GitHub meetup (http://lagosmeet.github.io). 
Celestine was the founding manager of the Calabar Google Developer Group.
Prior to Konga, Celestine worked at a law firm where he lead the development of an electronic law management system.
He is a University of Calabar graduate, he enjoys the game of table tennis and @cyberomin on Twitter.
His focus at this #APISaturday is showing us how to build APIs in a way that makes it usable, useful and simple.

Event: July API Saturday: API Workshop & GCM 3.0 in Action

Event Date: July 11th
Time: 12pm
Venue: Co-Creation Hub
Registration: http://attending.io/events/july-api-saturdayAPI Saturday is a series of monthly events organized by GDG Lagos with a special focus on APIs – best practices and ideas on how to build them & connect with them and make the best use of them.
So we have had two API Saturday events to set the foundation for getting our hands dirty. And at the next event, we will be.
On Saturday July 11, join top developer Celestine Omin as he develops a platform during his session, explaining the necessary thought process and demonstrating best practices when building systems and when creating APIs.
The second session will be handled by Femi Taiwo and it will be focused on the awesome changes recently made to GCM by Google for handling push notifications to multiple platforms, devices and web browsers with one codebase and how we can put it to use in a demo application during the event.
This is a free event but there are limited spaces so registration is required to ensure those who have indicated interest before hand are admitted first. Do register to attend!

API Saturday For Developers With Celestine & Ezra

After a long hiatus, we are back on course to continue having exciting and enlightening events with codelabs, discussions and workshops and talking about exciting and useful technology, platforms and API.

We are starting this by holding an event this Saturday May 9 titled “API Saturday for Developers with Celestine & Ezra“.

This special focus is on how to build APIs – patterns, tips and best practices on how to build them to scale and build them securely. Join the discussion with two top developers who are doing awesome things on large scale projects –  Ezra Olubi (@0x), the CTO at Delivery Science and Celestine Omin (@cyberomin), Lead Developer at Konga. The two of them with experience dealing with millions of transactions daily in their line of work and are glad to share their experience. 

We will also be talking about some of the really cool publicly available APIs  that some of us may not know about.

This will be the first in the series of “API Saturdays”.
Attendance is free but seats are limited. Just click on “YES” on the event registration page to register.

Event is from 12pm – 2.30pm and holds at the Co-Creation Hub, Sabo, Yaba.

See you there!

For Founders, Developers & Designers: UX Masterclass By Google

Working on the next big idea and need to finalize the goals, features and interaction design of your product? 
Looking to understand how to work the basics of user experience design into your product development cycle?

Have a publicly launched product and are interested in learning how to include user experience design methods to evaluate and improve it?

Then you should sign up for the UX Masterclass powered by designers from the UX team at Google scheduled for May 1st and 2nd in Lagos.

Event is Now Live: Google’s Developer Day at GDC ’15

Google’s Developer Day at GDC ’15 is an incredible opportunity to connect, learn from each other and share visions and inspirations.
It’s a day full of learning and hacking at Google’s Developer Day! Spend the morning listening to a slew of announcements around what Google is bringing to the table to help you build better games, learn some tips from the experts on how to build your business on Google Play, and then be prepared for a flash flood of knowledge in our Lightning Talks.

For the full agenda and more information: https://events.withgoogle.com/gdc-developer-day/pages/home/

Announcement: CURL & More Now Supported on Google App Engine for PHP

Below is the announcement.

In response to developer feedback, we have introduced a significant upgrade of PHP in the latest release of App Engine with more features and improved performance.

The updates include:

  • Support for the PHP 5.5 runtime, alongside the current PHP 5.4 runtime.

  • The cURL extension is now available, meaning curl_*() functions can now be used from within your application (read more about how to enable cURL support in our documentation).

  • The tempnam() and sys_get_temp_dir() functions are now available.

  • Support for direct file uploads.

  • Support for concurrent requests, which allows the PHP interpreter to run an efficient multi-threaded mode when serving HTTP requests. This must be enabled in your app.yaml file.

  • Support for the ImageMagick extension (which allows powerful image manipulation) and MongoDB extension (which allows you to connect to an existing MongoDB installation).

While we expect most users will enjoy the benefits of this upgrade without any problems, in some cases it may cause unexpected behavior in running applications. We are providing an 8 week window (starting today) for developers to self-upgrade and test their applications with this new functionality before we upgrade all applications automatically, starting after 16th April, 2015.

To take advantage of these new features, find your ‘app.yaml’ file and change the line that reads

runtime: php


runtime: php55

The new functionality will automatically be enabled in the local development server, and in production once your application is deployed. You will be able to switch back to the old runtime at any time for the next two months by reverting the configuration in your app.yaml file. Some features such as cURL support may require additional configuration in order to be enabled.

After 16th April, 2015 we will begin automatically migrating all applications to the php55 runtime.

If you are experiencing difficulties in migrating your application, you can find help on the Google App Engine Stack Overflow Tag, or if you have a support package you may open a support ticket. If you’ve found an an issue with App Engine itself you may also file a bug on our public issue tracker.

We hope you enjoy these latest improvements to PHP on App Engine. Keep on coding!

– The PHP for App Engine Team