Jessica Thornsby
Jessica Thornsby is a technical writer based in Sheffield. She writes about Android, Eclipse, Java, and all things open source. She is the co-author of iWork: The Missing Manual.
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    An Introduction to Android TVPreview image@2x
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    Do you want to get a better understanding of Android TV? This introduction will get you up and running with this new platform, from explaining what Android TV is and what its best practices are, right through to creating and testing your very own Android TV sample app.Read More…
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    The Ins and Outs of GradlePreview image@2x
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    Is the Gradle build system preventing you from making the leap to Android Studio? This article gets you up and running with Android's new build system, from the basics of what Gradle is and what it does, to an in-depth look at some of the most important Gradle files, to learning how to execute and monitor Gradle tasks directly from the Android Studio user interface.Read More…
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    Introduction to Android Wear: Hands-OnPreview image@2x
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    In the second part of this series, you'll create two Android Wear apps that integrate with the wearable operating system in different ways. The first app demonstrates how to extend your notifications so they appear and function perfectly on a paired Android Wear device, and the second shows you how to create a full-screen wearable app.Read More…
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    Introduction to Android Wear: The BasicsPreview image@2x
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    It may still be early days for this new version of the Android operating system, but with more Android Wear devices on the horizon, this is the perfect time to start getting to grips with this exciting new platform. In the first part of this two-part series, you’ll get all the background information and best practices you need, ready to start developing for the wearable platform in the second part.Read More…
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    Android: Tools of the TradePreview image@2x
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    When you’re planning to take the plunge and develop your first Android application, it’s easy to get intimidated by the jargon-packed list of tools you need to assemble. This article demystifies the major tools you’ll use to develop your first Android app and shows you how to set up your Android development environment—regardless of whether you choose to develop using Eclipse or Android Studio.Read More…
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    Android SDK: Exploring Styles and ThemesExploring android styles preview
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    Styles and themes are time-saving ways to create a consistent look and feel across your Android application. In this tutorial, I’ll cover everything you need to know to apply these useful concepts to your own project. Starting with a quick introduction, this tutorial then demonstrates how to work with the styles and themes that are predefined by the Android platform. Finally, I will walk you through the process of creating your own, both from scratch and by using inheritance.Read More…
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    Android UI Workshop: Build an Interactive Quiz App Sharon chalk ui preview
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    Get a hand’s on, crash course in building an effective and attractive UI for your Android app, and design an interactive quiz app along the way!Read More…
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    Getting Started with XML LayoutsAndroid sdk xml layouts
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    This tutorial will teach you the fundamentals of building Android interface layouts with XML. Read on!Read More…