DevCon5 Android Tutorial

August 4, 2016 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This is a full-day tutorial in writing Android apps in the languages Java and XML, using the Android Studio IDE on Mac, PC, or Linux. An Android app is made of intercommunicating objects, and we will learn to create and destroy them and to call their methods in Java.


What You Will Learn:

  • Learn to draw text and graphics
  • Perform simple animations
  • Display controls such as buttons and sliders
  • Respond to a touch or keystroke
  • Recognize a swipe or a pinch
  • Use a webview object to render a page containing HTML5, call functions to that page written in Java

Prerequisite: some experience in any language with classes, objects, and methods. Instructor suggests that you acquire the current version of the application Xcode if you don’t already have it. It is a free app in the App Store.


Sessions Include:

  • XML, Nested Elements and Attribute Values
  • Getting Started: Writing a Simple App
  • Touch Sensitive Apps
  • Moving From Buttons to Touch
  • Animation
  • Getting App to Recognize Higher Level Gestures
  • Writing Code for Multiple Platforms


Tutorial Presented by:

Mark Meretzky

Mark Meretzky
New York University (NYU)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Information Technologies


Mark has been teaching at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies since 1990, where he created courses in Unix, C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, iOS, and Android. In a distant world, he taught Z-80 assembly language on the original Radio Shack TRS-80. He has taught C uptown in Harlem to high school students, iOS downtown at the Pace University next to the Brooklyn Bridge, and was also one of the operators of the Andrus Planetarium at the Hudson River Museum way up in Yonkers. His favorite programming language is C++.

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