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Android App Development for the Absolute Beginner

Change to Meetup RSVP to control turnout

I'm sorry to have to do this but I can only hold 100 attendees in the Hacker Dojo Large Event room. To eliminate an overcrowded situation (like we had with the last meetup) I have to change this meetup to limit the enrollment to only 100 people. There is also a new $10. charge for the meetup to encourage only serious RSVPs. I will make sure you get $10 worth of learning, pizza and goodies at the workshop. I really didn't want to charge anything but this appears to be a fair way to control the capacity limits of the space.

Looking for a bigger space

If anyone knows of an alternative facility that I might be able to use to host these meetups that can accommodate more people, please let me know and I can go back to the free model with more space. Thanks for understanding about the new charge. Lets see if this creates a better situation and experience for the attendees.

Android Workshop Description

The workshop contents and details are the same...

This 3 hour workshop is designed for the absolute beginning programmer or enthusiast who wants to learn how to program and build apps for the Android environment. The workshop will focus on beginning Java programming as well has how to navigate Eclipse and the Android SDK. Participants will learn how to build simple apps and run the Android emulators to test them. You will also learn how to run your apps on real Android devices.

Participants should bring a computer with them. A mac or PC will work. Some experience in Java programming is recommended but not required.

This is a tutorial driven workshop where students will build at least two apps “step-by-step.”

Topics covered will be general use of intents, building XML interfaces, working with input/output, simple app building techniques.

Anyone interested in learning how to build Android apps but does not have any experience at all, is encouraged to attend. This workshop is for the ABSOLUTE BEGINNER!

There will be more advanced workshops offered in the future.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, will this workshop happen again??

    I'm every much interested!

    November 19

  • Cong N.

    Hello every, I am seeking an Android App Developer for a Major Software Company in the bay area. If you fit the requirements listed below, please give me a call. 4+ years of Java development
    3+ years of Android development
    Knowledgeable in any combination of the below skill set
    Eclipse or Android Dev Studio
    Must have experience with Unit Testing in JUnit
    open source OCR integration
    Knowledge of GIT or SVN
    JSON, XML
    REST web service framework

    Experience doing Android SDK development in a commercial or professional environment. You must be hands-on and have experience publishing at least one consumer application to Google Play store.
    Comfortable with Android performance (memory, speed, networking) and extensive experience using performance analysis tools.

    Thanks, Cong Nguyen
    OSI Engineering, Inc.
    [masked] x111 |[masked] FAX
    www.OSIengineering.com

    April 10, 2014

  • LT N.

    Great meetup. Looking forward to trying out a few of what I learned there.

    March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Barbara, Thanks for the wonderful event and appreciate your effort.

    March 8, 2014

  • Tenesa

    A great teacher willing to answer questions even with the large workshop size! Thanks for answering my questions and can't wait for additional workshops:)

    March 8, 2014

  • Ricardo A.

    Being completely fair and realistic, it is impossible to teach even basic Android development in 2 hours. Android is two things: Java as a language and the Android SDK on top, just like Blackberry development is Java with the Blackberry SDK on top. All in all it was a good introduction once you manage your expectations realistically. I'm a native cross-platform developer with over three years of experience, but I use Titanium (appcelerator.com) as a native framework. This introduction helped me realize that I have a decent understanding of the Android SDK, but I need to work more on my Java skills, so to me, it was a WIN.

    Full disclosure: I work for Appcelerator and don't want this to sound like I'm piggybacking on this group.

    March 8, 2014

  • Eric L.

    Excellent!

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Barbara is extremely knowledgable, I came away with special info about things like how XML produces Java, how cross platform apps like PhoneGap can be reproduced. But overall I had a hard time following the tutorial (this might actually scare people away from wanting to attend ITU). Barbara did not seem to follow the .pdf and I think most people were lost. Everyone should have run the hello world program beforehand as I think a lot of people ran into issues.

    March 8, 2014

  • Richard F.

    My elderly mother has become very ill. I have pre-paid the $10. Understanding there is no method to return it, Is there any way I can pass my paid seat to a lower income person who wishes to go?

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • Richard F.

      Hi Barbara, sure, if you can refund me that would be the best. I did pay through PayPal but by credit card via PayPal. Then somebody else may have my physical seat.

      March 8, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      I think I worked all of this out already. Let me know if you guys still have any questions.

      March 8, 2014

  • Lakeith T.

    It was a very good and informative class

    March 8, 2014

  • B P.

    I can not make it. Barbara, please give my seat to someone on the wait list. I paid thru paypal, you can refund if someone else takes my seat. Thanks

    March 8, 2014

  • Matt S.

    My sitter fell through and I cannot make it. If anyone wants to take my place have a good time. I need to find a better sitter.

    March 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Matt, if it's okay, my younger cousin is interested in participating in the Android App Dev event.

      March 8, 2014

  • christian j.

    If there are any gluten free food options that would be awesome. If not, no worries I've learned to come prepaired.

    March 7, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      No, I didn't think of gluten free options. We will have plenty of pizza and soda. Maybe I can do this for the next time but I have to learn about gluten free. :)

      1 · March 7, 2014

    • christian j.

      Yeah I knew it was a long shot and definately not high on the priority list. Thanks for the response though!

      March 7, 2014

  • Rahul

    I had RSVPd after your ios class. Now my status had been changed to not going. Can I still come and pay?

    March 7, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      We only have 100 seats in the room. You could take Richard Fink's place? I could also refund Richard and charge you. I'm not sure how to work this out. I'm going to try to bring in some extra tables/chairs just in case but I want everyone to have a seat and table space. :)

      March 7, 2014

    • Rahul

      Awesome! Thanks Barbara :-)

      March 7, 2014

  • Rahul

    Hi Barbara,

    March 7, 2014

  • Sai

    hi..
    i am facing a problem with my Visa card.

    can i just come there and pay the money in cash on the event date ?

    February 24, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Yes, you can bring cash the day of the event. This will work out just fine.

      February 26, 2014

    • Sai

      Hi barbara.. It says already 100 people registered. But i want to attend it as told to you earlier.... Can i come there and pay there directly and attend the class. Please help !!!

      March 6, 2014

  • Barbara H.

    Last time the internet access at Hacker Dojo was kind of challenged. If you want to make sure you get all of tutorial information, you can pre-download it from http://www.bhecker.com/workshops/apab.html. We are definitely getting through the Hello World and intro to Eclipse. You can do the Tic-Tac-Toe game on your own (its a good second project) but we might also get to cover that depending on how many questions or requests for help we have. That's my game plan. :)

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Vibhor

    Barbara, may I request you to please come slightly early for the event in case we have some problems in installation. I have downloaded and installed java but it shows the same message when I run the javac command on DOS. I haven't given it much time either will try to trouble shoot before Saturday.

    March 5, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Yes, I will arrive by 9am to help people who need some assistance with the install. The room is empty before the workshop so anyone who needs help show up around 9 and I will be there to help!

      2 · March 6, 2014

  • Vibhor

    All, please go thru payment FAQ on meetup.com for payments related Qs. How to pay for a meetup event is not the topic of this session.

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • Harsh

    Hi,

    I can pay cash onsite. Can I still reserve a spot for myself?

    -Harsh

    March 2, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Yes, just follow the RSVP prompts.

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • Ahmed A

    I would love to attend, but I don't have paypal. Is there an option to sign up for meetup, but pay onsite. How do I do that?

    March 2, 2014

  • Barbara H.

    Android Workshop Preparation:

    Make sure to download the Android SDK from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html. The Android bundle includes everything you need except Java. The Android bundle is fairly easy to install. Just download it, and unzip it. I'll show you how to work with it at the workshop. Make sure you download it while you have internet access. There is free WIFI at Hacker Dojo but it'll be faster if you download it before.

    If you're on a mac, you might already have java installed. You can see by opening terminal and typing in "javac." If the command is not found you will be prompted to install java.

    If you're on an MS Windows system, you may need to install the java SE (JDK). Open a DOS window and type "javac." If the command is not found then you need to install java. A download site is http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

    I have a video on how to install Java at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CijsBUrIkw4

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Ramya

    I am not able to make a payment through paypal. Do you accept onsite payment?

    February 21, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Yes, I'm sorry for the delay in responding. Yes, you can pay at the place.

      February 26, 2014

    • Ramya

      Thank you!!

      February 26, 2014

  • LT N.

    Beside a laptop, anything else I need to bring to the workshop?

    February 13, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      An interest in learning. :) We will have USB drives with the Android SDK and sample files and tutorials instead of having people download from the internet. If you could install Java and Android you will be in better shape for the start. I'm actually in the process of putting together a short video that shows how to install java and the SDK in preparation for the workshop. I should be posting that within the next few days.

      February 14, 2014

    • Siravara V.

      Barbara, do you have the video posted some where? I have installed Java and installed Android SDK on Windows 7. When I launch the emulator it keeps crashing(actually nothing is displayed on the screen). It feels like it is hanging. It will be great if you or some on in the group can point me to a possible cause and solution.

      February 26, 2014

  • christian j.

    I cant even find out where to pay????

    February 15, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      There should be a Paypal feature when you RSVP. You have to click the RSVP first. If you don't have PayPal, don't worry, you can bring cash to the event.

      1 · February 16, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      You can probably use Debt/Credit card via the PayPal link as well.

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • Trung B.

    I want to pay for this event; but I don't remember how to access my paypal. Will do it later today.

    February 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      you can pay with a debit/credit card

      February 14, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Yea that works through the electronic system as well. PayPal processes debit/credit cards as well.

      February 16, 2014

  • Sid

    Hi, I have a 12 year old girl who would be accompanying me. We would be sharing 1 computer. Do I RSVP for 1 ($10) or 2 ($20)?

    February 13, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Yes, I'm keeping the head count under control. I'm tracking the guests that go with the RSVPs so I can adjust the total RSVPs to the real count so everyone will have a seat at a table. Thanks for your help and suggestions! This process seems to be working so far.

      February 14, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Actually, the I just checked and the RSVPs do track the guests. I've only let 1 non paying teenager in so far. I just cleaned up the ones who rolled in from the previous configuration that did not include the mandatory fee.

      1 · February 14, 2014

  • Vinh

    Need apps -both Android and iOS for the website http://vietToi.com If you have the skills, please contact me.

    February 13, 2014

  • Charles

    There are already 168 people that RSVP-ed prior to the change in the RSVP process. To ensure only those who paid can attend, do we have to print the Paypal receipt or Meetup have a function to take care of this?

    February 13, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Meetup has a function to take care of this. I just checked and you are on the paid list so all is good you are correct in the system.

      February 13, 2014

  • Lakeith T.

    OK I have RSVP my seat paying 10 bucks. I will bring my receipt just in case.

    February 13, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      I have you down as paid! Sorry for the confusion.

      February 13, 2014

  • Nadir V.

    I just paid and got an e-mail;
    Dear XYZ, Barbara Hecker, the Organizer of Mobile App Developer Workshops changed your status for Android App Development for the Absolute Beginner. You are now: Not going ???

    February 13, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      I had to clear all of the previous RSVPs that caused this issue. I now show you as going! I see your name in the paid list and going so all is good!

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • Jonathan W.

    I just paid and got an e-mail saying I am "Not Going". What is going on?

    February 13, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Just fixed this for you! You are on the Go list now.

      February 13, 2014

  • Lakeith T.

    I just click the RSVP section again. I do see a "paid" status on the meeting details so I think I'm good.

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      Yes, I just confirmed you are all set. This was sort of confusing but I think I worked out the switch over just fine. Thanks! You are going!

      February 13, 2014

  • Barbara H.

    Sorry guys, I had to clear out the current RSVPs to reflect the new limit on head count. I hope I did this correctly. You are going to need to re-RSVP if you are interested in attending the workshop. Sorry for any confusion.

    February 13, 2014

  • Deval S.

    599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA
    is this a venue?

    February 5, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      It's at Hacker Dojo (www.hackerdojo.com)

      February 7, 2014

  • Deval S.

    Thanks Barbara.. :)

    February 5, 2014

  • christian j.

    YESSSSSS!!!!!

    February 4, 2014

  • christian j.

    YESSSSSS!!!!!

    February 4, 2014

Your organizer's refund policy for Android App Development for the Absolute Beginner

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 0 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: The workshop charge is to control the turnout so everyone gets a seat. Cancellations 3 days prior to the workshop date will allows others to go in your place so please cancel early if you don't want to attend the workshop and you will get a refund.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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