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Write Your First Android App

Location Change: Please see new location (above) and note security requirement (below).

Learn to write your first Android app from one of our most popular previous speakers (more in Abstract below).

Building Security

When entering the lobby of the new location (note location change), Akamai will have name tags for attendees. This will be based on the RSVP list on Meetup so it would be helpful if people could use their full names. Because it is a shared building Boston Properties manages security and will ask for ID's from everyone.  This group's coordinators plus Michael McLaughlin of Akamai will be there with a few other folks to coordinate getting everyone up to the office (our room will be on the 12th floor of the building). 

Raffle

We have tickets to the MongoDB Boston conference to raffle off, courtesy of MongoLab.  Must attend in person for a chance to win.

Abstract

Adam Stroud is the author of Professional Android Sensor Programming, former lead developer at RunKeeper, and current lead developer at Mustbin.  He is a self-proclaimed "phandroid" and is an active participant in the Android virtual community on StackOverflow and Android Google groups.

All skill levels are welcome!

Akamai generously provides space and 'free as in food' (pizza) for our meetings. Thank you to our sponsor! http://www.akamai.com/

We will meet in the lobby of the building and be escorted past security to the meeting space.  If you arrive late, let the security guard know and someone will come to get you.

Transportation & Parking

The Akamai office is a short walk from the Kendall Square T stop and other public transportation.  Metered parking should be available near our location (Ames St, south of Main St, is a good place to look for parking).

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  • Micky M.

    This was a great info filled presentation. I may not be able to create an app yet, but a huge layer of mystery was removed and I can now open Android Studio and actually know what some of the buttons do! Would love to hear about any apps people go forward to create.

    September 5, 2014

  • E B

    Did anyone here get an app running, tonight?

    September 3, 2014

    • Chris T.

      Not yet...but I have a much better idea what I'll be doing soon enough :-)

      September 3, 2014

    • Micky M.

      I was able to create a button and get the text on it!

      September 5, 2014

  • Alice A

    That was an awesome presentation!!!!

    September 4, 2014

  • Will R.

    Loved the live coding. You are a brave fellow Adam. Thank you!

    September 4, 2014

  • Aaron Olusola B.

    Adam, you did a great job. Thanks

    September 4, 2014

  • Aaron Olusola B.

    Adam, you did a great job. Thanks

    September 4, 2014

  • Adam S.

    Here is a link to the slides from tonight -> https://drive.google.com/open?id=152vzk1Yfv30MlWw_4JUq98PLtvFTU3FOh5HQFdO8BIs&authuser=0

    I have also uploaded the code I wrote at the meetup to github (and cleaned it up a bit) here -> https://github.com/adstro/hello-android

    The app that I gave a walk-through of (reading-list) is also available via github here -> https://github.com/adstro/reading-list

    Thanks for having me!

    2 · September 3, 2014

  • Chris T.

    Fast-paced and information packed - moved along, quickly introducing all the blocks, sticks, and even a little glue without getting bogged down in the details we'll look up later. Nice job :-) Honestly, worth a second viewing - thanks for recording this evening.

    September 3, 2014

  • Fernandez, C.

    bus is late :( will I be able to come in?

    September 3, 2014

    • Will R.

      Chris, you can switch seats with me. Just come up to the front. I'm right in front of Adam.

      September 3, 2014

    • Fernandez, C.

      lol just saw this now. sorry. is cool :)

      September 3, 2014

  • dsrikarreddy

    Nice presentation by Adam. Thanks for the organizers!

    1 · September 3, 2014

  • Josh

    I'm new to meetup where do I find the slides and video?

    1 · September 3, 2014

  • Kep

    I'm not sure what to expect from a 2-hour event on app development. What's the format of the event and what will it cover? Is it mostly an overview of the SDK, given that setting up a development environment is likely to differ on individuals' systems? Packaging, installing, testing? Security caveats and system permissions?

    September 3, 2014

  • Will R.

    We will try to record the meeting, but we haven't done this before so I can't guarantee how successful we'll be in that. If Adam has slides, I'm guessing he'll make them available after the meeting.

    September 2, 2014

  • Jessica

    Turns out this falls right on my first day of fall classes :( shoot. Will there be resources available after this?

    August 25, 2014

  • Adam S.

    I would also advocate Android Studio over Eclipse. I have been using for exclusively for Android development for several months now without many issues.

    Android Studio has better gradle (now the main Android build tool) support and seems to be where the Android tools team is spending most of their time recently.

    August 25, 2014

  • Will R.

    @Ilya, thanks for the recommendations and resources!

    August 25, 2014

  • Ilya T.

    Having used both Android Studio and Eclipse extensively for developing Android applications, I would very much recommend downloading and installing Android Studio. The project is still in Beta, but it has been in continuous development for well over a year. For those new to IntelliJ I should say it is a bit of a learning curve, but take my word for it - it's well worth the effort.
    It was announced at Google I/O last year.

    This year's presentation is at this YouTube URL:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu4U8XKmJGA


    Android studio page is here:
    https://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/studio.html

    August 23, 2014

  • Will R.

    @Luana, benvenidos! We'd love to see you at the meeting.

    @Chris, @Morgan, I contacted the speaker about this. He recommends Android Studio, but having it installed or bringing a laptop isn't a prerequisite for the meetup.

    August 22, 2014

  • Luana R.

    Can a designer coming from Italy join?

    August 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ditto what Morgan asked. Should we plan to bring (or have installed) anything specific?

    August 22, 2014

  • Micky M.

    NICE!!!

    1 · August 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Besides a laptop what should we bring? Any specific software suites?

    August 14, 2014

  • Jeff N.

    Interested in learning what I can

    July 1, 2014

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