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Android Developer Tools Essentials

Mike Wolfson (Epocrates)
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This session is an overview of the Android Developer Tools (ADT and Android Studio), including many useful techniques, tips and tricks for getting the most out of them.

As with any set of tools, they are only useful if you are able to identify the right tool for the right job, and know how to find it when you need it. This presentation is designed help every Android craftsman (from beginner to expert) learn how to use the basic toolkit to create the best products possible, with the least amount of effort.

I will walk through an Android project that contains a series of pre-configured examples that highlight the capabilities of the ADT. The complete code will be available for download from GitHub so that attendees can follow along, or run the examples themselves at a later time.

In just 40 minutes, I will show you how to:

  • Figure out which IDE is right for you
  • Setup your environment properly
  • Use the emulator effectively (and speed it up)
  • Test your UI against multiple form factors
  • Generate code automatically
  • Isolate performance or interface issues
  • Access and manage your log files
  • and moreā€¦
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Mike Wolfson


Mike is a passionate mobile designer/developer working out of Phoenix. He has been working in the software field for more than 15 years, and with Android since its introduction. Currently, he develops Android applications for the health care field, and is a Lead Mobile Developer at Athenahealth\Epocrates. He has a few successful apps in the Market and is an active contributor to the tech community, including organizing the local GDG.

Mike has spoken about Android and mobile development at a variety of conferences and user groups (including Oscon). When he is not geeking out about phones, he enjoys the outdoors (snowboarding, hiking, scuba diving), collecting PEZ dispensers, and chasing his young (but quick) daughter.