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My first learning log for developing android apps

January 31, 2011

I followed the rave short course instructions,  it took a few hours to download and install Eclipse, Android ADT plugin and SDK, I managed to set the environment up with ease.

I then created a hello world application, by following the tutorial this gave me an understanding of running an app the structure of an android project file in eclipse.

Then I went on to the next exercise using the Google MAP API. To get the key, I followed the instruction and now have a Google maps API key, this process was unfamiliar, I didn’t really understand what I was doing but it worked.

I was unable to get the exercise to work at first the code was showing up some errors, but I got it to work the following day, after doing the these tutorials

The problem I was having was with coordinates, I kept on getting  a point in the ocean around Greenland, after restarting eclipse it worked, I spent about 2 hours on this but I now understand this part of the code much more. I added the following into the rave short courses code, to get a specific location. It took me a while to extract coordinates from Google maps as they hide them. Once I found the longitude and latitude, the values needed to be converted into Micro degrees, I used this mobiforge code to do the conversion.

Here is the code I added to get the location of the London 2012 site in Stratford

double lat = (51.537167);
double lng = (-0.01502);

GeoPoint point = new GeoPoint((int)(lat * 1e6), (int)(lng * 1e6));


To complete the exercise I needed to incorporate the following code, which I was unable to get to work.

public boolean onKey(View view, int keyCode, KeyEvent event) {
if (keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_N) {
if (keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_Y) {
if ((keyCode >= KeyEvent.KEYCODE_0) && (keyCode <= KeyEvent.KEYCODE_9)) {
mMapView.getController().setZoom(20 - keyCode + KeyEvent.KEYCODE_0);
return false;

Here is my Google maps app that shows the position of the London 2012 site in Stratford

London 2012 map

As part of my project exploration I wanted to see how easy it was to add a RSS feed in to a web app, I found some example code and explanation –

I downloaded and imported the project in to eclipse and ran it, (managed to do this without any instructions, this shows my learning is progressing)

Then changed a few parameters:

  • Changed the feedURL in feedPaserFactory
  • static String feedUrl = "";

  • Changed the app name to London 2012  in  strings.xml

<string name="app_name">London 2012</string>

  • Also the text was quite crowded, so I increased the padding and spacing. I added this code in to row.xml



  • I also wanted to show only the 10 most recent news stories I have not figured this out yet
  • I changed the icon, to do this I created a new png, named it icon2, placed it in the same folder as the current icon and then changed this line of code in AndroidManifest.xml

  • There is a menu for changing feeds sources, I would like to make my own customised menu, I need to do a tutorial on this functionality first
  • I want to change the roll over colour, need to find the setting

So here is what the RSS app looks like with my changes.

London 2012 News

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