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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. Setting up a workstation for Android development (without an IDE)

    Hi! My name is Chris and I love to program. This is the first of what I hope will be many blog entries on Android development. At times, the content may appear scattered like I have A.D.D. or something. That is because I will be adding things as I work; links, snippets, etc (who am I kidding, I just smoke too much pot). This is not a tutorial, I will not hold your hand and lead you towards enlightenment. Think of this more like breadcrumbs I leave along the path to becoming ...
    Tags: android, java