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  1. Windows 7 Console

    Well I encountered a problem recently that a lot of people were complaining about when I Googled, which is a lot of the time I like to share some basic console programs with only have functional java installed, and on windows 7 the command I used to use to open command prompt [Runnable.getRunnable().exec("exec /k run.bat")] no longer works due to security precautions. So I made a simple class that creates the functional equivalent of console for programs. Possibly the size of the console ...

    Updated June 20th, 2012 at 12:09 PM by Tjstretch (Looked over this code -- Added EDT, println(), handleException)

  2. A few Android tips

    Well I have been working with Android for a few weeks now and I am absolutely loving it. Here are a few little tips I have discovered along the way to make life easier.

    • Do not fight with Android. Everybody knows that robots are bigger and stronger than flesh and blood. If you find yourself fighting against the system you are doing something wrong.
    • Do not hard code strings - use the strings.xml resource and come up with a naming convention that works for you. There is no
    Tags: android, java, tips
  3. Create your own Exceptions!

    I was surprised to notice that there wasn't a single tutorial on this forum which covered the creation of your own Exception classes, so I decided to make a small tutorial for you.
    TL;DR - If you don't fancy reading all the details, you may jump straight to the code, as it's pretty self explanatory if you have a basic concept of Exceptions and their hierarchy.


    You might be surprised to know that creating your own Exception is as easy, if not easier ...
  4. Playing sound in andoird

    Adding sound and music to your app is extremely easy. Place your sound file in a new directory res/raw.

    import android.media.MediaPlayer;

    and then where you want the music to play:

    MediaPlayer myMusic = MediaPlayer.create(this, R.raw.splashsound);

    where splashsound is the sound file's name without the extension.

    That's it!
  5. Programmatically adding buttons in Android

    Well I have had a frustrating few hours working out how to add buttons dynamically. Here is how I did it. Firstly, you need to give the layout an ID in the xml file.

    <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
        android:orientation="vertical" >
    Tags: android, button, java
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