Informal Android Developer Meetup

Geogad has released its first mobile application so that travelers can used the advanced features of their smart phones to search and find Geogad content when they are on the go. This app works on the Google Android platform and is available from Handango.

To support future developments on Geogad’s Android app, I am pleased to announce the formation of the Informal Android Developer Meetup. Tonight was our first meeting. I admit that it was set up very last minute since this Meetup group only formed a day or so ago. Despite the short notice, we had quite a few people show and discuss Android programming issues.

Some tips for programmers that are new to the Android platform are that they should start slowly and build up. There is a great deal to learn, but Google has put together a great collection of tools and samples. My personal suggestions on how to start are

1. Download the Eclipse IDE. You can use another IDE if you want, but this one is well supported by Google. Of course, this is assuming that you already have downloaded the latest Java jdk.

2. Download the Android SDK from Google.

3. Read the intro docs on the Google Android developer site.

4. Work through the Notepad tutorial on the Google Android developer site.

5. Check out the API Demos that should be preloaded on the Android emulator.

6. Check out the advanced Android program samples from Google.

7. If you would like a quick, formal intro and money is not an issue, you might want to buy an ebook on Android programming like “The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development“. It has some good starter examples and can talk you through the basics. I don’t think that it has anything that you can’t find on the Google Android site, but it was totally worth the $35 just for the command to switch the emulator from portrait to landscape mode (Control-F12 on Windows).

If you are on Castro St. in Mountain View on Wednesday and want to chat with other Android developers, feel free to drop by Red Rock Coffee Shop. We will be the people with the Android phones on the second floor.

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