Android Software Development: Introduction


The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to android application development. We will learn the primary aspects of the Android Operating System, Android SDK, and SDK Tools. We will also study topics related to user interface, application services, permissions and security, device sensors, and data persistence.

Requirements:  A working knowledge of Java is expected.

Pre-class preparation: You will need to install some software to your own laptop. Download and install Eclipse and the Android SDK. You may also bring your own Android device for code testing but is not necessary for this course. The Android SDK provides a built-in emulator.

Course Outline:

  1. Your First Android Application
  2. The Model-View-Controller (MVC)
  3. The Activity Lifecycle
  4. Debugging Android Apps
  5. UI Fragments and Fragment Manager
  6. Layouts and Widgets
  7. Audio Playback Using MediaPlayer
  8. Background Services
  9. Broadcast Intent

Required Text:

Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide; Bill Phillips & Brian Hardy; Big Nerd Ranch Guides; paperback; 978-0321804334


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