Nearside Android Code Screen – Starter

Welcome to Nearside’s Code Screen starter repository!


You’ll need the following:

  1. Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) Patch 3
  2. the Android SDK (i.e. $ANDROID_HOME points somewhere real)
  3. Any JDK version between 11 and 15.
    • note: as of this writing (11/2021), Kotlin 1.5.31 does not play nicely with Java 16 or 17. If you’re using these versions, you will have problems.
    • You can try installing Java 15 on MacOS via:

      brew tap AdoptOpenJdk/opendjk # this tap is deprecated and should only be used for JDK15!!
      brew install adoptopenjdk15

Here are the libraries the starter kit currently has:

  • Kotlin
    • stdlib 1.5.31
    • Coroutines Core + Android
  • AndroidX
    • Core-KTX
    • Fragment-KTX
    • ConstraintLayout
    • LiveData-KTX
    • ViewModel-KTX
  • Material Design
  • RxJava 3 + Android
  • Glide
  • Coil
  • Junit

You’re absolutely allowed to use libraries not listed here — we just figured we’d save you the time 😊

What problem will I be solving?

There will be two parts to the problem:

  1. a non-Android-specific coding exercise (~20 min)
  2. wrapping that coding exercise in a little Android app (~20 min)

We’ll save ~5 min at the beginning + end for hellos, howdy-do’s, and questions.

The [email protected] promise: we won’t ask you to solve any problems that you learned in Data Structures & Algorithms class.

The task at hand will be a straightforward programming problem for which there is an iterative solution that can be obtained in less than 30 lines of code.

Other than that, you’ll have to wait and see! 😁

(If you actually have additional questions, please reach out to your Nearside recruiter or hiring manager — we’d love to help!)


Make sure you have this repo downloaded and set up with Android Studio before you join the call.

If you don’t, we’ll happily wait with you while Gradle syncs, but that will cut into your programming time! 😱 👩🏽‍💻 ⏳


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