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Diving into Android Development in Java/Eclipse

April 18, 2012

I’ve always wanted to write a smartphone app and finally got the kick I needed from a coworker. The decision for OS was between iOS and Android. I hardly considered Windows Phone 7 due to its low market share, though I’d love to program in C#. Android ended up winning mainly because I have an Android phone and some (one class in college) experience with Java.

After 6 years of C++ development in a mixture of Visual Studio 2005 and Qt Creator, my initial reaction to Java in Eclipse is simple, I love Alt+Shift+T! For those not versed in Eclipse, this is the shortcut for the “Refactor” context menu and I use it constantly to extract classes, pull methods up though inheritance hierarchies, introduce parameters, and more. A few of the other excellent shortcuts are Ctrl+Shift+O to add and organize imports and Ctrl+Shift+F to format a file.

I’ll be blogging throughout the development process both as notes to myself and to hopefully encourage others to get their feet wet.

Rocky Warren

Rocky Warren's blog. Principal Architect, Tech Lead, Product Manager. I do other stuff too.