First released in November 2007, the mobile operating system Android grew from a niche competitor to the dominating system used by a variety of device manufacturers and Google’s most important products.
As smartphone use rises, people are getting more more interested in apps and how they are created. Our one-day workshop for beginners aims to enable learners to create their very first Android app.
What do we expect from learners?
Interest and an open mind. Prepare the machine (see prerequisites) and show up or free the seat. Basic programming knowledge. We'll be dealing with basic Java and XML. Not knowing a programming language at all could hold you up too long and can result in frustration - we want to avoid that.
What can you expect from the workshop?
You understand how Android apps are built, can program your first app and carry it home on your phone (or start on the emulator). As always with OpenTechSchool this is a hands-on workshop, not a lecture. You'll be working in very small groups and a coach will always be on your side if you need it.
Your own laptop running MacOS X (intel), Windows (x86/x64) or Linux (x86) with WIFI support Your own Android device is not needed but recommended. If you don't own one you can work with the emulator almost just as good. If you'll attend the (http://www.meetup.com/opentechschool-berlin/events/104166822/) install party (http://www.meetup.com/opentechschool-berlin/events/104166822/), we will help you to set up your machine with the necessary tools. If you won't attend, you have to make sure you've installed:
A downloaded version of the Android SDK for your system (download here (http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html)) Eclipse with Android Developer Tools (download here (http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html)) If you are using your own phone you have to make sure you can access the device through adb which often requires specific USB drivers.
Our gracious host co.up (http://co-up.de/) offers to buy drinks for 1,50 Euro each from the fridge against cash payment. As for food we can decide to go out for lunch or order in. You can also bring your own food, if you like.
More seats? Yes, but...!
We'd looove to offer more seats but the number of beginners is directly connected to the number of coaches we can find. If you know Android please think about joining our coaches mailing list (below the call for coaches here (http://blog.opentechschool.org/2012/12/call-for-coaches-android.html)) and we'll add more seats to the workshop.
Questions? No problem, we'll be glad to answer them. Just comment below!
If you are confirmed (i.e. not on the waiting list) and you know you can't come please (!) free your seat for another learner. Thank you!