Attendee prerequisites for this tutorial are listed below.
Come and learn how to build apps for Ice Cream Sandwich (and beyond!) This workshop is for existing object-oriented programmers, but you don’t necessarily need to know Java. (we’ll teach you just enough to be dangerous). Learn the Android SDK, how to be efficient in Eclipse and everything you need to know to pretend you’re a UX and Interaction Design guru.
Existing programmers of almost any language will learn the ins and outs, philosophies and ideologies, loopholes and drawbacks and quirks (and there are many) of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform. Attendees will come away confident with the skills to build an application for Android that rivals apps for that other phone platform in usability and look. You’ll come away with a functional app that looks pretty and works great on the latest phones and tablets.
Tiny computers in our pocket are part of the glorious reality that we live in! Build apps and conquer the world. This session is not 100% programming, it’s 50/50 UX and programming – and the programming we work on is going to give you a taste of what you can do and why you should do it, not dive into every facet of the Android SDK (we don’t have time for that!)
Topics covered will include:
If you want to do the tutorial work in your usual working environment, you will need to follow the following steps BEFORE you attend the tutorial. Time is tight, and we don’t have enough time to wait for people to download SDK components!
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Paris is co-founder of Secret Lab Pty. Ltd., leading production and design efforts in the mobile game and app development space. A frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and training sessions, Paris enjoys discussing engineering, product development, design and other facets of the mobile and game development worlds. Recent conferences include Apple Australia’s /dev/world/2011 in Melbourne (and 2008, 2009 and 2010), a keynote at CreateWorld Brisbane 2010 (and a speaker in 2009 and 2011), IxDA’s Interaction 11 in Boulder (March 2011), XMediaLab Location-Based Services in Malmo, Sweden (January 2011), a tutorial and a session at OSCON 2011 and many others.
Paris founded and led ithinkitworks P/L from 2001 to 2008, spearheading product development and design efforts on a variety of platforms including desktop Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile/Pocket PC and others.
Paris is also a highly experienced software developer, product and project manager. Key experiences include Objective-C/Cocoa on the Macintosh and iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad platforms, Java on Blackberry and Google Android and C# on Windows Mobile. Open GL ES and Unity are also favourites.
Paris recently spent 2 years leading Meebo Inc.‘s mobile strategy; Meebo is one of the world’s fastest growing consumer internet companies and is based in Mountain View, CA. Paris is currently working on his next book, this time with O’Reilly (Learning Cocoa with Objective-C Third Edition), whilst working towards the completion of his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.
Christopher is a semi-professional nerd, and recent first-class Honours graduate in Computer Science of the University of Tasmania. Previously an intern at Google in Sydney, he currently works in mobile and web development for Secret Lab, a boutique development studio based in Hobart, Australia for clients throughout the world. Since he likes it when developers share their experiences, he has twice organised application development miniconfs at Linux.conf.au (in 2010 and 2011).
When not coding, Christopher can be found taking long, artificially-lit walks down fake beaches, arguing the benefits of Python to anyone who won’t listen, and watching other people drinking beer.
Jon is the co-founder of Secret Lab, the world’s least not-evil mobile development studio. Jon heads up the development team at Secret Lab, develops mobile applications for Meebo, and is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania in Australia.
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