An Introduction to Android Development

Thursday 3 November 2011, 6.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Robert Harris, dfhexpert

Google's Android is becoming the dominant non-Apple implementation for mobile internet devices. Android is a fusion of Linux and Java, with Touchscreens and embedded devices. In this talk an ex-mainframe developer, with a system's programmer mindset, will outline the Android way of doing things (especially screen displays) and the development environment. From a this perspective, Android requires a mixture of stateful and stateless programming techniques caused by the application lifecycle.The talk will cover some of the techniques required (for example, coping with the device changing from portrait to landscape mode), but will assume a basic familiarity with Java (class extends/implements and callbacks).

After the talk, I will give a brief demonstration of the Eclipse Java Development Environment and the emulator for Android devices provided by Google, for attendees who wish to stay a little longer.

Free, but to gain admission please email your name to Dr Roger Johnson, at


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