Android Software Development: Introduction

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to android application development. We will learn the primary aspects of the Android Operating System, Android SDK, and SDK Tools. We will also study topics related to user interface, application services, permissions and security, device sensors, and data persistence.

Requirements:  A working knowledge of Java is expected.

Pre-class preparationYou will need to install some software to your own laptop. Download and install Eclipse and the Android SDKYou may also bring your own Android device for code testing but is not necessary for this course. The Android SDK provides a built-in emulator.

Course Outline:

  1. Your First Android Application
  2. The Model-View-Controller (MVC)
  3. The Activity Lifecycle
  4. Debugging Android Apps
  5. UI Fragments and Fragment Manager
  6. Layouts and Widgets
  7. Audio Playback Using MediaPlayer
  8. Background Services
  9. Broadcast Intent

Required Text:

Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide; Bill Phillips & Brian Hardy; Big Nerd Ranch Guides; paperback; 978-0321804334

Instructor: Tavaris J. Thomas, Ph.D.

Location: Microlab Room 602

Class Hours: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Retraining program is made possible through generous donations from the Robin Hood Foundation and Con Edison. The Retraining Program would also like to thank our individual donors for support.


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