Marko Gargenta Expert Profile
Marko founded Marakana back in 2001 to help underprivileged youth, minorities, and inner-city kids learn web technologies and get ahead in life. So Marakana emerged with goal of helping people get better at what they do professionally, focused on open source software training.
Marko is the developer of Marakana Android Training series. He has taught Android for companies such as Sony-Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ericsson Canada, and many others. Marko is a co-founder of San Francisco Android Users Group and regularly teaches Android Bootcamp at Marakana.
Marko is author of Learning Android book published by O'Reilly Media. This book is based on Android Bootcamp and incorporates best learning practices for new developers to start creating applications for this exciting open source mobile platform.
Marko is also the co-chair of Android Open, an O'Reilly conference focusing on Android ecosystem.
In 2006 Marko Gargenta published "PHP and MySQL By Example", a collection on PHP examples. The book was published by Prentice Hall, world's largest technology publisher and has been also translated to Spanish.
Marko Gargenta obtained his Bachelor of Mathematics Degree from University of Waterloo (Canada's MIT) and has been developing in Java since 1996. He lives in San Francisco, California.
- AnDevCon IV, SF, Dec 4-7 2012
- OSCON 2012, Portland, July 16-20 2012
- AnDevCon III, SF, May 14-17 2012
- IEEE, Silicon Valley, CA, May 7 2012
- Mobile360Live, London, UK, April 2012
- MobileTechCon 2012, Munich, Germany, March 2012
- DroidCon 2012, Berlin, Germany, March 2012
- Android Builders Summit, SF Bay Area, Feb 2012
- Sprint Developers Conference, Santa Clara, CA
- Android Open conference, October 9-11, San Francisco, CA
- OSCON, July 25, Portland, OR
- Open Android webcast, July 8, 2011
- AnDevCon, March 7-9, 2011, San Francisco, CA
- Sprint Developer Conference, October 26-28, 2010, Santa Clara, CA
- OSCON: Android for Java Developers on July 19, 2010, Portland, OR
- Snaptic: Android for Java Developers, May 27, SF, CA
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SF Bay Area Chapter May 1, 2010
- IEEE Computer Society "Android Night" on April 13, 2010
- Scandinavian Developer Conference 2010: Android for Java Developers, March 16, 2010, Gotheborg, Sweden
- SFAndroid: Learn about Android Internals and NDK, SF
- SFAgile: Scrum Overview at Microsoft, SF
- SFAndroid: Learn about Data Persistence in Android
- SFAndroid: Learn how to develop for Android, beyond the HelloWorld
- Software Development Forum, Mobile SIG: Android Overview
- Open Source Conference (OSCON): A 30000-foot View of the Android Platform
Marko's Interview on Android at OSCON 2012
Marko's Interview on Android at OSCON 2011
Marko's Interview on Android at OSCON 2010
Book by Marko: PHP and MySQL by Example (Prentice Hall)
Marko Gargenta the co-author of PHP and MySQL by Example, a by-example book published by Prentice Hall (world's largest tech publisher). Marko has been tinkering with the web since Mosaic browser hit the net in 1994. Marko is now a Zend Certified Engineer and instructor for most of the Zend PHP classes, with fine focus on advanced PHP topics such as Zend Framework. Marko is big on Agile development processes, eXtreme Programming, and is a Certified ScrumMaster. He's a frequent speaker at Bay Area users' groups, including SFAgile.org (which he runs), SFJava.org and SFAndroid.org (which he co-founded). Marko's PHP specialty is bringing grownup concepts such as OOP, Agile, and the design patterns to the PHP community. Marko's other specialties are Java and Android.
Android Meetup Group Organized by Marko
Marakana team organizes and runs the San Francisco Android Users' Group - an interactive group of Android developers. In our monthly meetings, we discuss Android landscape from both technology and business angles. We often have great presentations by industry experts, group discussions, as well as hands-on sessions. If you are in San Francisco Bay Area, we encourage you to join the group and meet other Android developers.
Marko speaks at Scandinavian Developer Conference. Come by and say hi if you are in Göteborg.
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[top] Student Testimonials
I really enjoyed the class. There was a lot of information covered.
Well done, informative well organized material.
Perfect. This is exactly the level of detail that I expected and needed.
Great Job! Loved the material
This course was actually better than a previous course I had done at a university extension in terms of instructor knowledge and overall content. Also, since it was tailored and relevant to the company, it was great.
Excellent training!!! Thanks so much for everything. Marko did a great job of tailoring this to what we needed
Great class -useful hands on experience and real time stuff. Right on time for our project as well !Thanks .
Great training! The training really knows Android Internals. Android Application lifecycle, startup and filesystem was explain really well.
Great class. Tailored content to fit participants needs. Marko answered questions related to specific use-cases, and if didn't know the answer, then showed us how to find answer via lab experiment. Thank you!
I thought the class moved at a good pace. I am glad that the instructor did not expect us to be Java programmers and made us code in Java all the time. It made the class more enjoyable.
The trainer was very knowledgeable. The course was a good blend of what android platform is and how to do the basic programming on it.
Enjoyed the class. The instructor broke down the material into very understandable form.
Great course. I have a better understanding of Android and am able to code apps. A good refresher on Java. Thanks for the great class.
Marko, GREAT class! Thanks.
Thank you very much for your great presentation
Great Course! I learrned alot!
Excellent range and depth of subject matter knowledge, presentation skills, pacing, etc.
Great Hands-on course, learned more about developing Android apps using hand-on experience than a slide show presentation.
I am a user experience designer (not and engineer), so this was a good overview of what it's like to develop for Android. This knowledge gives me some insight into Android app development and might help me communicate with the engineers on my project better since I have a better understanding of the framework and terminology of this platform.
Far exceeded my expectations and made me much more of a subject matter expert for Android!
I thought the training was great.
The instructor Marko demonstrated expertise in the Android platform. He was a joy to learn from and I look forward to utilizing his new book which he generously provided to us. Thanks Marko!
Great class and awesome instructor. Had an amazing time learning Android development from Marko
I think Marko is a skilled trainer, excellent class driving with excellent background, Marko rocks!
Excellent expert instructor.
I think it was a very good overview. Considering the time constraints, the training was excellent.
Great training class.
The instructor demonstrated command of Android development and a deep understanding of overall software design concepts. I highly recommend this class.
This was a great bootcamp to help us understand the Android ecosystem and app space. It was accessible to all team members regardless of skill level and previous technical experience.