Members of Glassdoor’s executive and data teams recently hit the nation’s capital for a series of meetings, including one key meeting hosted by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of the Vice President. The Glassdoor team also met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss how Glassdoor can help get Americans back to work.Glassdoor was honored to participate in the 21st Century Jobs Data Jam, which assembled executives, data scientists, technologists, product experts and public sector representatives to develop solutions to help Americans find the right jobs, and access the right training to “skill up” into better paying positions.In addition to participating, Glassdoor demoed a new, interactive job search tool to help Americans everywhere (both those employed and unemployed) discover where job openings in their particular field are located, near and far.This product was the result of a recent meeting in D.C. with the Vice President, who called on technology executives to develop an easy, accessible way to connect job seekers with available jobs.Glassdoor, which aggregates millions of jobs listings, indexes resumes, and offers proprietary employee-generated content, including company ratings and reviews, salary reports and more, responded – and during a recent hackathon, our data and engineering teams quickly came up with a potential solution.The result is an extremely useful product to help Americans find jobs easier, which Glassdoor is already offering in part to others for free through its public API.The Glassdoor team is now considering feedback from the D.C. meetings and is already hard at work refining this tool.Glassdoor team members who traveled to D.C and participated in the White House meetings included Robert Hohman, CEO & co-founder, Allyson Willoughby, general counsel & T4A board member, Vikas Sabnani, chief statistician and data scientist, Vikram Aravamudhan, senior software engineer, and Ling Cheng, senior data scientist.Vice President Joe Biden attends a briefing with Glassdoor, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, June 25, 2014. In attendance are Secretary Tom Perez, Department of Labor; Robert Hohman, CEO and Co-Founder of Glassdoor; Allyson Willoughby, General Counsel of Glassdoor; Ling Cheng, Glassdoor data science team; Vikram Aravamudhan, Glassdoor engineering team; Vikas Sabnani, Glassdoor data science team. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)Please note: These official White House photographs are being made available only for publication in Glassdoor’s Blog. These photographs may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, the Vice President, or the White House.
This fall’s Android Developer Conference in San Francisco showed developers the expanding possibilities in Android development. We caught up with Jeff McVeigh, general manager of performance client and visual computing within Intel’s Developer Products Division, at AnDevCon to discuss cross-platform development and tools as well as what it takes to create a great Android application.(Related: Android developer conference shows expanding products)
Last year Google made it easier for Android developers to utilize modular development with the release of Android App Bundles and Google Play’s Dynamic Delivery. Over the past year, developers have implemented these new models in over 60,000 applications, resulting in reduced app sizes and time needed to manage releases.Now, the Android team is implementing new features in those solutions to make the app development experience even better.It is adding a new API that supports in-app language pickers. Normally, when developers publish using the Android App Bundle format, Google Play optimizes the installation by downloading only the language resources corresponding to the device locale. With the new languages API, developers will be able to create in-app language pickers, while still retaining the benefits of smaller installs gained by using app bundles. Apps can now request that the Play Store download resources for a new language configuration. It is also adding a more streamlined way of publishing instant-enabled app bundles. This means that instead of having to create and upload two separate app bundles for installed and instant versions of apps, developers can upload a single app bundle that contains modules to enable instant experiences.Another new feature is the ability to opt in to app signing. App signing needs to be enabled in order to publish apps using an Android App Bundle. The Android team has improved the sign-up process to make it easier to initialize keys for signing apps. Developers will now be able to upload their existing key without having to first upload a self-signed artifact, the Android team explained. Alternatively, developers can start with a key created by Google Play, allowing the key used to locally sign an app bundle to become the upload key.Finally, the Android team has introduced the ability to uninstall dynamic feature modules from the initial installation of an app. This will enable developers to further reduce the install size of their apps.