Never programmed in Android before? Want to learn by doing? Or do you just have a desire to be tossed into the deep end of the Android pool? Welcome! In this all-day workshop, bring your laptop, because we’re going to write an Android application for an Android 2.2 device, code-named "AWTY", short for its working release title, "Are We There Yet?". Marketing described the app as follows: "Remember when you were a kid, and annoyed the heck out of your parents on long road trips, asking 'Are we there yet?' over and over again? Well, you're all grown up now, but why should your parents feel like anything's different? Why give them the chance to miss you? With the 'Are We There Yet?' application, you can send them SMS messages every couple of minutes, just to make sure they know you're still there! Or, better yet, give the phone to your kids, and let them bug Grandma and Grandma instead of you!"
This is a “learn by doing” session: you will be writing code, instead of just listening to some guy talk or watch a demo. We’re going to take the “fast path” through the Android ecosystem, so for best results:
bring your laptop, pre-installed with the JDK, Apache Ant, and Android SDK on it (and download the Android 2.2/API-8 package and documentation ahead of time—the conference WiFi won’t be able to handle all of you downloading it at once, nor will you have time to do so in the workshop), as well as your favorite text editor or IDE. (If you use an IDE, be sure to have the Android plugin for it installed ahead of time as well.)
bring an Android device, ideally one to which you have already deployed a “Hello World” app (which can be easily generated using either the command-line tools or your IDE)
be comfortable and familiar with the Java language and environment
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