• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

Understanding the design and background processes used by your development environment can increase productivity and help produce more efficient code. This course discusses a number of advanced topics that take place 'under the hood' of Xamarin.Android apps and their build process. You will also learn about Android wearable devices and writing applications to target the Android Wear platform. This course also introduces the Visual Studio Emulator for Android and highlights its features.

Learning Objectives

Advanced Design Considerations

  • start the course
  • describe design goals of the Xamarin application program interface or API
  • describe the design of the Xamarin bindings
  • target your build at a specific application binary interface or ABI
  • make use of and bundle native libraries into your Android Package Kit or APK
  • ensure your application does not suffer from an unresponsive GUI

Behind the Scenes

  • describe how a Xamarin.Android application interfaces with the Android platform
  • describe the usage of Callable Wrappers
  • describe the relationship between Java and C# constructors
  • use the Dispose function with caution
  • describe the process of launching a Xamarin.Android app

The Build Process

  • describe the steps involved in building a Xamarin.Android Android Package Kit or APK
  • identify the components of the Build process
  • describe the various actions that control how a file is processed during build

Android Wear

  • describe the features and utility of the Android Wear application program interface or API
  • prepare your Xamarin.Android install for developing Android Wear apps
  • create a simple Android Wear application
  • make use of user interface or UI controls specific to Android Wear
  • write applications that work with multiple screen sizes
  • describe how Android Wear apps are packaged

Visual Studio Emulator for Android

  • install Visual Studio Emulator for Android
  • describe the system requirements and limitations of the Visual Studio Emulator for Android
  • monitor network traffic with Fiddler
  • describe the configuration options in the emulator
  • identify the features available to test using the emulator

Practice: Create an Android Wear App

  • create a simple Android Wear application

Framework Connections

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