The Challenge with Android Development in the Cloud. And the Solution!

No matter what you think about running development environments in the cloud, it is here to stay. From my own perspective, there are 2 drivers toward cloud based development: firstly, I work on a lot of different projects from diverse geographic locations and secondly, Learning Tree is rolling out a new one-day course initiative which […]
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Android Studio Review

As many of you may know, Android Studio is set to be the standard development environment for Android in the very near future. I confess that I have deliberately avoided it up to now. Why? Simply on that age old basis of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. With Android Studio now being in […]
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Property Animation

What a very clever idea! Android API V11 (Honeycomb) introduced a new technique for animation which (until now) I had pretty much ignored. The new mechanism based on android.animation.Animator allows the creation of very powerful animations with minimal effort. The basic ideas of property animation have been in use in many areas for some time. […]
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The Android Virtual Device: Performance Issues

One of the best things about the Android development platform is the superb emulator or Android Virtual Device (AVD). One of the worst things about the Android development platform is… Yes, you guessed, it’s the AVD. The Android AVD is a great idea, it provides real device emulation which allows you to run the actual […]
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Android Emulator: Tips and Tweaks

Following on from my recent post on AVD performance issues, it seemed a good time to share one or two other practical tips and tricks about working with the AVD. When testing, I really do not want to have to click on the on-screen keyboard to enter text. Unfortunately, with the latest Android Developer Tools […]
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