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First Steps with Android

The Stumble Stones

The Android Team’s switch from the Eclipse based Android Developer Tools to the IntelliJ IDEA based "Android Studio" at Google I/O is pretty well-known. But what isn’t too well-known is that they also changed the default android project directory structure as they switched their build system from ant to gradle.

Further information on the new structure and the new build system are available here: http://tools.android.com/tech-docs/new-build-system/user-guide

I decided to go with the new Gradle-based structure as I thought it was more future proof. I have to admit that I regret this badly! As I’m not too familiar with Gradle, yet, I had a pretty bad time trying to understand the customizations brought in by the gradle-android plugin. Additionally most of the information available on the net is specific to Eclipse/ Ant based projects and therefore slightly different for the new structure.

Ubuntu and Java on Nexus7

In this blog post I describe how to setup Ubuntu Linux and Oracle Java on my newly acquired Google Nexus7 device. This shall be the foundation to checkout the things you can do with JavaFX on a Tablet computer.

My environment is a Macbook Pro (MBP) running on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). The Nexus 7 (in my case the 16gb version) is attached to the MBP via its USB cable.

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