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Week of August 8

posted Jun 29, 2016, 6:58 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 6, 2016, 10:22 AM ]
Welcome back!

This class should be very fun, and very relevant to your careers.  We are going to focus on making apps using the same tools and style as the State Farm IT department.  For those interested in a coding internship or job, this is a huge opportunity!  

For bureaucratic purposes, we need to cover the Standards of the State and County as we do this.  I think we can do that.  We will review that here:

And then, on to app development!  Some of you might be huge Unity fans, and that's cool.  HiRez used it for Jetpack Fighter, a cool game.  However, State Farm wants workers, has already paid some of your peers, and they want Android app development, so that's my priority.  If you're an iOS person, you can do XCode instead, but I don't know it.  I can offer anyone help on how to approach it, but I will focus on Android.  First, the software links, for your own machine at home:

Next, I assume you've done some of this already in a previous class. We will evaluate what you do and do not know.  You should know how to do XML Layouts and Views pretty well, and I'm hoping you can create a basic app.  We also need to review the basics of the Java that uses the Layouts.  At minimum, how it calls a specific layout, and the basics of interaction (like pressing a button).

I need to see where each of you are at with this.  I do like helping each other, talking about coding, but push yourself to know it.  You will NOT be asked to memorize anything, but you should be very familiar with the topics, knowing how to find what you need.

This week, you should all know how to do the XML layout for this.  Let's start on this first class, using the XML Visualizer (see the PGAS Links page)