Android smartphones have, in hardly more than a year’s time, surged from nowhere to dominant market share, and Android tablets appear poised to enjoy similar popularity. This course provides a hands-on introduction to programming Android phones and tablets. Some programming background is assumed but prior experience with Android is not required. Knowledge of Java and XML is very useful but not essential (complete working code is available for all topics covered).
Participants are expected to bring a portable computer having wireless network connectivity (any recent Mac, PC, or Linux system should work), with the Android SDK and Eclipse IDE with Android plugin installed. Step-by-step instructions for obtaining and installing the software (all free) and additional course details may be found at http://eagle.phys.utk.edu/guidry/android/workshopInfo.html. Participants having an Android phone or tablet can test directly on the device, but emulators can be used to test programs so having an Android device isn’t essential to profit from this course.
Michael Guidry is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Tennessee and a staff member in the physics division and the computer science and mathematics division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests include theoretical astrophysics, theoretical condensed matter physics, and computational science. He teaches advanced astrophysics and mobile device programming courses, has broad experience developing web-based technologies, and has received various teaching awards.
Pacific New Media workshop fee $135; call 956-8400 to register.