Wagwan? I’m Eric Decanini, currently an Android Engineer at Candyspace.
My Android programming history started out in 2015 when I too, like the year, was 15. I always knew I wanted to be a programmer, and there was something about the idea of making any app I wanted that got me into Android.
After almost 2 years of practicing on my own in my free time, just as secondary school for me was coming to close, I released my first app, Class-ify School Assistant.
I made this app with one of my mates Reiss Tozer who designed the app. We got the app in the 2017 Essex Digital Awards just a couple months later and much to our surprise, we won first place in the mobile app category. One of our greatest achievements, especially given we were 16 at the time.
A couple months later, I started both college as well as my blog, the website you’re on right now. This would continue to be how I kept up with Android development.
In 2019, I finished college and got my first proper Android Engineering job at END. Clothing as a mid-level developer. Getting this role at 19 was my main goal up till this point, and I had achieved it.
In 2020, amidst the lockdown, I started my YouTube channel where I would do Android tutorials, tech-related skits with friends, and interviewing other people and businesses who I personally find an interest in.
My channel is still small with only about 160 subscribers at the time I’m writing this, and I would love for that to grow more. Nonetheless, it’s something I enjoy doing.
Now I work at Candyspace, and the goal that drives me forward now is to become a Senior Android Engineer. A trivial matter for some, but in a similar fashion to how I achieved the mid-level at 19, I want to become a senior at some ridiculous age like 22.
Wishful thinking? Probably. Who knows? This is looking to be my hardest venture yet, but that’s what I love about it.