Sessions at AnDevCon II on Monday 7th November

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  • Breakfast: Mobile Advertising That Pays

    by Brian Long and John Hotovy

    How 19-year-old Android Developer John Hotovy increased revenue by 8X and Kept His App Free with Signup Ads by Pontiflex AppLeads

    While enjoying your breakfast, you’ll hear an app monetization success story from a top rated Android app developer. Learn how John Hotovy, maker of the popular app, TuneMe, used mobile signup ads to provide a respectful user experience and make $50+ CPMs. With the extra revenue, he was able to keep his app free and increase the number of downloads in the Android Market.

    At 7:30am to 8:30am, Monday 7th November

  • Welcome Notes

    by Alan Zeichick

    Introduction delivered by Conference Chairman, Alan Zeichick

    At 8:30am to 8:45am, Monday 7th November

  • Keynote: Developing Consumer Apps in a Really, Really Big Company

    by Andrew Peret and David Baldie

    At 8:45am to 9:45am, Monday 7th November

  • Android Fundamentals: What I Wish I Knew When I Started!

    by Chris Haseman

    This introductory class is for relative beginners – that is, experienced programmers who have little or no experience with Android. Before you attend this session, you will be expected to have already installed the SDK, done a Hello-world tutorial, and have a basic knowledge of the building blocks of both Java and those that comprise Android: Activities, Intents, Services, Content Providers, Broadcast Receivers, Views and the Manifest.

    In this case, we’ll present simple application development best practices as well as design patterns to avoid. Here are a few we’ll cover:

    • Activities are not applications. This is important for several reasons, but it’s an oft-made beginner mistake.
    • The UI thread and when you should stay away from it.
    • How to deal with many screen resolutions (Hint: NEVER use an AbsoluteLayout).
    • Critical differences between Android and other mobile platforms.

    New to Android? This class will make you feel right at home.

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Monday 7th November

  • Creating an Easy-To-Use Modular Framework

    by Lee S. Barney

    The Model-View-Control pattern as implemented by Google is great as far as it goes. However, it does tend to lead to implementation code being scattered across many areas of your application.

    This class helps you design and implement a modular, reusable framework that can speed up your application development dramatically. Initial data indicates you could reduce your time to market by a factor of 10 or more by reusing the framework you will create in this class.

    You will create a command-response, highly modular framework that you can reuse in every Android or other Java applications you ever create. Your framework will be fast. It will be small. It will be easy to use.

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Monday 7th November

  • Integrating Android Applications into your Database Infrastructure

    by Jim McKeeth

    This class covers integrating Android apps into enterprise database architecture, both existing architecture, and creating new architecture from the ground up. We will discuss issues like centralized business logic, LDAP authentication, distributed data storage, load balancing, working offline and data integrity.

    Practical examples will be given, as well as general principles and practices. This goes beyond just pulling small amounts of data over a web service by looking at creating data-rich Android applications that work with data on remote servers, and some of the concerns with such architecture.

    By taking this class, you’ll be equipped with the information and knowledge to create data-rich Android applications that work with database servers in your data center and provide offline synchronization.

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Monday 7th November

  • Taking Advantage of Apache Maven for Your Android Builds

    by Manfred Moser

    This class will give a you an introduction to the Apache Maven build system and then go on to show how you can take advantage of it for building your Android applications.

    You will learn how to build a simple application or convert an existing application. You will learn how to reuse existing pure Java libraries as well as Android library projects. Furthermore, you will see how unit and instrumentation testing is simplified with Maven and how it can help you with the release of your application with steps like signing, zipaligning and optionally obfuscating and automating it all as well.

    This class will have live demos, but is not intended to be followed by the attendee as a live coding exercise.

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Monday 7th November

  • Web App Development with PhoneGap for Android

    by Paul Beusterien

    Come to this class to learn the power of JavaScript/HTML/CSS development for mobile platforms, leveraging Web-to-native bridgine technologies like PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium; UI frameworks like jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch; and IDE technologies like Eclipse. You will be fully enabled to create basic mobile Web apps with just a few clicks!

    Together, we will explore the similarities and differences among Web apps, native apps and pure Web pages. You will see how to access device capabilities, like GPS, accelerometer, contacts and other sensors from a Web app. Also, you will learn how to bundle a Web app as a native app so that it can be deployed in the standard marketplaces.

    There are several technologies emerging around HTML5 and mobile Web app creation. We will cover how the different solutions complement, overlap, and contrast with each other. We’ll close with a demo using AppLaud Eclipse plugin to create the creating a mobile web app with PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile.

    You can follow along the demo if you follow the installation described at http://www.mobiledevelopersoluti...

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Monday 7th November

  • What Are Wearables For? Android Meets Arduino

    by Rachel Lyra Hospodar

    This session provides an overview of existing trends and possibilities in embedded and wearable circuitry.

    We’ll cover existing hardware and software, including Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform, the Amarino toolkit library for Arduino, wireless radio capabilities (using Bluetooth, Zigbee and serial interface), the Sparkfun IOIO board, and other Android-specific hardware, off-the-shelf sensors and other components, smart fabrics, conductive thread, and other inherently functional materials.

    In this session, you’ll also see some examples of existing products, like filtration scarf, music tapestries, other music manipulation devices, microphone/earphones scarfs or hats, JeeNode sensor networks, pants interfaces, Kobakant conductive threads, and much more!

    What are the applications of wearables? Many! They include: warehouse/inventory tracking; music/lighting control for the stage, gaming, creative/generative (DJ to watercolor to lighting design), biometrics tracking for medical and sports. Also, event generation for any application (like an alarm clock), object tracking, centralization and specialized sensor networks (such as pollution sensing, efficiency-data gathering, and smarthomes) are included.

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Monday 7th November

  • What’s New in Android Tablet Development with Honeycomb, Part One

    by Donn Felker

    Come to this session to learn the latest about the Android 3 release, Honeycomb. This release of Android is targeted at tablet development, but is compatible with previous versions of Android. The new features of Honeycomb will be discussed with some code samples that will outline the new features and how to use them. You'll learn about the new action bar, fragments, new homescreen widgets, the system bar, and how the new tablet emulator works.

    Prerequisites: A decent understanding of the Android platform, especially how activities and intents operate in the Android ecosystem, and have experience with XML layouts and Java.

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Monday 7th November

  • Android Variants, Hacks, Tricks and Resources

    by Karim Yaghmour

    While Google makes periodic code drops to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the bulk of the work done on Android occurs behind closed doors. There are, therefore, only a limited numbers of parties who can meaningfully influence Android's future at any point in time. This, though, hasn't stopped third parties and enthusiastic developers from customizing and extending Android in a variety of different ways.

    This talk provides an overview of third-party projects, resources, tools, etc. that embedded developers may want to look at if they intend to build Android-based embedded systems. Amongst other things, this talk will go over the Cyanogenmod project, one of the more prominent Android derivatives.

    At 11:30am to 12:45pm, Monday 7th November

  • Creating ePub Books for Android

    by Jason Mark

    Thinking of writing or creating an eBook? Come to this class to learn what ePub is (hint: It's a limited subset of XHTML), and how Android handhelds and tablets are different from the Kindle. We'll talk about limitations to the format and what types of material lend themselves to ePub. We'll also leave a chunk of time to discuss specific challenges (technical or conceptual) with your eBooks, so bring your questions. Participants will leave this session with a good understanding of what tools are available for creating ePubs, when not to use ePub, and how to submit your ePub book for sale via various channels.

    At 11:30am to 12:45pm, Monday 7th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Pragmatic Android Layouts

    by Kirill Grouchnikov

    Understanding and mastering the Android layout system is a key factor in helping the user to navigate your application and presenting the relevant information in a clear and consistent way. While some developers seem to be able to effortlessly translate complex wireframes into a collection of flexible, reusable and maintainable layout definitions, others find it much more difficult.

    Foregoing the beginner-level approach that painstakingly takes you through all possible attribute combinations of linear and relative layouts, this class focuses on the underlying principles of identifying the major building blocks of real-life designs and finding pragmatic solutions.

    From extending core layout managers and tweaking a few alignments to writing brand-new layouts that address the specific design requirements, the goal of this session is to present a core collection of techniques that enable creating high-fidelity implementations of even the most challenging wireframes that scale to different screen sizes, ratios and resolutions.

    At 11:30am to 12:45pm, Monday 7th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Secure Data and Data Synchronization

    by Lee S. Barney

    Android applications can easily store data using the SQLite database engine. This data can then be heavily used without delays when passing information back-and-forth between the device and a remote database. How then can data be kept in sync if it needs to exist on the device and a remote database? What if you don't need all of the data found in the database to exist on the device?

    This class will show you how to securely store data on your device and use a simple and secure synchronization utility to send that data to any remote database management system. It could be Oracle, MySQL, Sybase, or some other database. It could even be something completely different, such as XML or other textual flat files.

    At 11:30am to 12:45pm, Monday 7th November

  • The User Experience: Best Practices for Great Smartphone Apps

    by Adam Blum

    The guidelines for effective user interfaces for Android applications are quite different from those of the websites you have been building for the last decade. They show that the majority of apps in various application stores (like the Android Market) don't score well and are quickly abandoned by users. Yet others garner great loyalty, gain word-of-mouth popularity and sell by the thousands. In this class, you'll learn best practices of informational smartphone apps, as well as some counterexamples of apps that just don't work.

    With the dominance of native apps, smartphone usage is truly "computing at the edge," with a new set of rules you can use to build a user experience that works. These rules include "context sensitivity," using your knowledge of the user to take users right to the data, minimizing typing, truly leveraging device capabilities intelligently, providing synchronized offline data, and reaching all of your user base by leveraging cross-platform frameworks. (Note that the presenter is the CEO of Rhomobile, maker of one of those cross-platform frameworks: Rhodes.)

    This class will teach you how to write more effective apps following these guidelines that will stand out in the new, crowded world of apps on the Android Market, or that are adopted more broadly when deployed internally in your enterprise.

    At 11:30am to 12:45pm, Monday 7th November

  • Web Services with Android

    by Jim McKeeth

    Throughout the enterprise, SOAP and .NET Windows Communication Foundation-based Web services are very widespread. We’ll use examples that cover both published Web services and internal Web services.

    This class covers the architecture of using a web service from a mobile device, comparison of different encodings and compressions, security, encryption and authentication.

    You’ll also learn about some frameworks for working with SOAP and XML, including the RemObjects SDK. (The speaker is the developer evangelist for RemObjects.) At the end, you’ll be equipped with the information and knowledge to begin integrating and consuming SOAP and WCF Web services from your Android applications.

    At 11:30am to 12:45pm, Monday 7th November

  • What’s New in Android Tablet Development with Honeycomb, Part Two

    by Donn Felker

    Come to this session to learn the latest about the Android 3 release, Honeycomb. This release of Android is targeted at tablet development, but is compatible with previous versions of Android. The new features of Honeycomb will be discussed with some code samples that will outline the new features and how to use them. You'll learn about the new action bar, fragments, new homescreen widgets, the system bar, and how the new tablet emulator works.

    Prerequisites: A decent understanding of the Android platform, especially how activities and intents operate in the Android ecosystem, and have experience with XML layouts and Java.

    At 11:30am to 12:45pm, Monday 7th November

  • Android + App Engine: A Developer's Dream Combination

    by Chris

    This class will cover App Engine Tooling for Android. A complete set of Eclipse-based Java development tools for building Android applications that are backed by App Engine.

    With these tools, you and your development team can focus on building fantastic Android applications using common tools and techniques that span the client and server parts of the application and make it extremely simple to deploy the server side to App Engine. This class walks through building a fantastic cloud-based Android application.

    At 1:45pm to 3:00pm, Monday 7th November

  • Creating Stable Voice-Controlled Mashups in Android

    by David Frerichs

    Programmers looking to create hit applications spend too much time integrating the same Web services that everyone else is integrating (like Facebook, Google, Twitter or Yelp) and not spending enough time crafting a differentiated user experience. If programmers could have a normalized way to quickly integrate data from the most popular Web services, they could focus more on pushing the bounds of UX/UI instead of racing to keep their app current with the latest changes in the various Web services APIs.

    This class will teach you how to take advantage of a new class of APIs that allow integration of services at a category level, pushing complexity away from the client and into the cloud where it can be more easily managed. You will also learn how to create meta-mashups, reducing an O(n^2) service integration problem into an O(n) problem.

    This class will also go over key areas of the nature of natural language voice control. You will learn how to add voice capabilities to your app for true "eyes free" functionality and address issues encountered during audio capture and overall user experience flow.

    At 1:45pm to 3:00pm, Monday 7th November

  • Driving Toward App Success: Why Are You Really Doing This?

    by Michael Simmons

    Learn how to manage, execute, market and sell your app beyond the usual details. Features, design, price, messaging and even the app's name all play a major role in your app's success. In this session, we'll discuss all of the details needed for a successful product launch, along with proven advice to ensure it remains successful. We'll take a close look at the things you should and, of course, the things you shouldn't do.

    We'll also question all of the details, such as marketing, pricing, design, product features and much more.

    A solid plan provides a solid foundation, and with a solid foundation comes the opportunity to give your app a greater chance of success. Your app idea is important, but it's only the beginning; you'll also need a development and launch plan. This session will ask the important questions and help you formulate the answers necessary to provide your product the successful launch it deserves.

    At 1:45pm to 3:00pm, Monday 7th November

  • Refactoring for Mobile with CSS3 and HTML5

    by Joseph R. Lewis ☕

    The rate at which customers, partners and employees are accessing our websites via handheld devices has grown explosively in the past few years. How are these users interacting with your Web content? Are you delivering an enjoyable and useful experience? If not, come to this class and learn what to do about it!

    This class explores recent trends in the mobile Web and use live code examples to demonstrate how you can make Web pages more accessible to mobile devices by taking a CSS-based, minimally intrusive approach to page markup.

    Starting with an off-the-shelf content management system theme, we will modify the layout for an optimized small screen, touch-based experience. You will learn practical strategies and methods for refactoring existing websites for mobile devices, leveraging HTML5 and CSS3 components that work well today.

    At 1:45pm to 3:00pm, Monday 7th November

  • Save the Battery! App Design and Testing for Better Power Consumption

    by Moe Tanabian

    Power consumption is a very important and vital part of a successful Android device and application launch. If iPad and iPhone are any indicators, good battery life is an essential part of a successful device and mobile application launch. Many operators and OEMs now pay attention to the application’s power usage profile as a measure of acceptability of the app.

    This class will focus on how to design and test Android applications to be more power efficient and prolong battery life. We’ll cover:

    • An overview of batteries that are used in Android devices, their chemistry, charge and discharge behavior
    • How to objectively measure power consumption in different application and usage scenarios in Android devices
    • Areas that an application developer and/or a device designer can effectively control to optimize power consumption, including screen usage, UI design, network services usage, and input devices usage
    • Setting up a power profiling and power consumption lab that doesn’t break your bank account

    At 1:45pm to 3:00pm, Monday 7th November

  • Secure Key-Value on Device Storage

    by Lee S. Barney

    If you need data security (but not the overhead of SQLite, relational database construction and maintenance, and Coding SQL), an Android native key/value store may be what you need for your application. Learn the internal design and source code of KVKit, a free, open-source key/value store for Android devices. Use it as it is, modify it to meet your needs, or use what you learn to roll your own.

    At 1:45pm to 3:00pm, Monday 7th November

  • Developing and Optimizing Android Applications for Intel Atom Processor-Based Platforms

    by Ashok Emani, Rekha Raghu and Aaron Tersteeg

    In this session, you will learn about developing Android applications for Intel Atom processor-based tablets and smartphones. Learn what is required to get your Android application up and running on Intel Architecture. This session will cover:

    • How to develop killer apps using Intel Atom-based tablets and smartphones
    • Porting native libraries using x86 NDK
    • Tips and tricks for identifying and removing performance bottlenecks
    • Identify optimization opportunities to make your killer app run best on Intel Atom-based tablets and smartphones
    • Resources available to developers in developing apps on Intel

    At 3:15pm to 4:30pm, Monday 7th November

  • How to Build Android Applications using Ruby with Ruboto

    by Adam Blum

    Come to this class to learn how to build Android applications in Ruby—widely noted as the fastest growing community of current programming languages. There are now multiple options for writing Ruby apps for Android. You will see how to write a native Android app with the open-source framework Rhodes, which includes the first Android Ruby implementation written in the NDK to bypass Java entirely.

    You will also learn how to write Android apps with Ruboto, which runs on the Android Java stack and will see how the Embedded Ruby project may affect future Android Ruby development with both of these options.

    Finally, we will use the RhoConnect App Integration Server, which lets you write server-side Ruby to ease the task of integrating Android apps (including Android Java apps) to backend systems. The presenter is CEO of Rhomobile, which makes Rhodes and RhoConnect.

    At 3:15pm to 4:30pm, Monday 7th November

  • Marketing for Independent Android Developers

    by Nathan Mellor

    As an independent developer, you may not have access to a huge corporate budget or an experienced marketing staff. Worried? Don’t be! Come to this class to learn techniques that will work for marketing your own app inexpensively and wisely.

    You will learn:

    • Advertising ideas (to avoid) that burn money without results.
    • What causes people to buy apps.
    • Why the Android Market comment system is stacked against you, and what to do about it.
    • E-mail marketing through newsletters.
    • Keyword research and its role in marketing apps.
    • Web Page Marketing.
    • Video Marketing.
    • Tracking app discovery and conversions through analytics.
    • Beyond the one-man show: tools and outsourcing.

    At 3:15pm to 4:30pm, Monday 7th November

  • SCM for Android Developers Using Git

    by Tony Hillerson

    Whether you work alone or in a team, some sort of source control management is essential for things such as keeping a history of your code, dealing with integrating code, managing releases, and making your development workflow through different features painless.

    If you’re coming from something like CVS or SVN, the open-source Git version control system will turn what you know about SCM on its head. Come learn about why Git is different, and what that difference means to you as an Android developer.

    At 3:15pm to 4:30pm, Monday 7th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • The Big Picture: Writing Apps for Google TV

    by Mark Murphy and Christian Kurzke

    First phones. Then tablets. Now TVs. Your Android app can run on all of them...if you write it carefully and follow the rules. This presentation will explore what those techniques are, plus what TV-specific capabilities your application can ruthlessly exploit to your (and your users) advantage.

    At 3:15pm to 4:30pm, Monday 7th November

  • Lightning Talks

    Sponsored by Groupon

    Learn in these lightning-fast presentations... PLUS names will be drawn for free giveaways!

    At 4:45pm to 6:15pm, Monday 7th November

  • Let’s talk shop about tablet development!

    by Manfred Moser

    Are you fighting the Android compatibility library? Come to this discussion to share your pain points, swap experiences, and maybe even provide some valuable feedback to makers of the tools and platform. Come and tell us what drives you as a designer or developer mad!

    At 6:30pm to 7:45pm, Monday 7th November