Supporting Android Phones, Tablets, and TVs from one code base by Mark Murphy

  • August 3, 2011 · 6:30 PM
  • AOL

Title: Supporting Android Phones, Tablets, and TVs from one code base by Mark Murphy

Presented By: Our friends at AOL are sponsoring this meeting - providing the location, and the food and beverages. Check them out. They are hiring for some very cool jobs!. Thanks, AOL!

Ke Ning, Lead Software Engineer on the AOL Mobile team, will also provide a quick demo of several AOL Android Apps - AIM, Moviefone, Engadget and Play

In Association With: The GTUG is co-hosting this meeting with us. Thanks, GTUG, for helping the NovaJUG out so much.

Topic: While Android is mostly on phones and similar-sized devices, there is growing interest in tablets, and televisions with Android apps are just around the corner. Google is pushing for Android developers to support the wide range of screen sizes... but how can one do this without going completely insane, maintaining several different code bases?

This presentation will cover strategies for building one application, with one set of code, that supports phones, tablets, televisions, and anything else that comes along (watches? Jumbotrons?). Particular emphasis will be placed on the tools provided by the Honeycomb user interface framework for accomplishing this, notably the concept of "fragments".

This presentation will be mostly architectural and strategic, more than showing tons of code listings. As such, while it is aimed for attendees with Android experience, relative newcomers to the platform should understand a fair bit of the material covered.

Speaker: Mark Murphy is the author of numerous books on the Android platform, and teaches regular training classes on the Android platform.


6:30 - 7:00 - Arrival and Networking

7:00 - 7:15 - Demo of AOL Android Apps - AIM, Moviefone, Engadget and Play

7:15 - 9:00 - Main Presentation

Directions and Parking:

From 495 -- take Dulles Toll Road toward Airport. Take 28 North (from Dulles Toll Road)

Follow 28 North for about 3 miles until you see signs for Pacific Blvd South

Take the Pacific Blvd South exit on RIGHT side -- toward Ashburn

Follow exit ramp around and immediately get in far Left Lane - 2 far left lanes turn onto Pacific Blvd at next light

Left on Pacific Blvd., and the Main Building will be through on your first right.

You can park in front of the building, or in the garage.

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  • James S.

    Great speaker.

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mark is a really good orator. It was a very nice talk and the fragments concept was well explained. Definitely cleared couple of doubts I had in mind.

    August 4, 2011

  • Christopher K.

    Learned a lot, and learned I need to learn more.

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have never written code for Android devices, so the high level was perfect for me, although some samples of design or code snippets would have been nice.

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Like to see some demo of the new stuff and links/references are also welcome

    August 4, 2011

  • alagesan t.

    The coverage was broad and lacked depth . blame the topic not the speaker. Wish we had gone a little in depth with fragments and seen what works and what does not ..

    August 4, 2011

  • Blaize D.

    It was very informative.

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful insights, crisp to the point and clearly guiding us developers on how to run Android on different types of media. Hope to listen to Mark Murphy more in the future. Thanks to AOL for cordial hosting.

    August 4, 2011

  • Sunny

    It went really well, Mark did a good job. It would be more helpful if going into more details with more samples.

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Makes great sense as an architectural concept, Murphy had a great perspective of how to set up to accomplish that.

    August 4, 2011

  • Glen L.

    Good talk, and presenter/presentation. Not involved in Android Programming, but was still curious how to accommodate the different platforms. He easily answered it with Google's new fragment model incorporated into MVC.

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informational, not too long

    August 4, 2011

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