Get Your Android Training at the Big Nerd Ranch, March 16-20, 2009

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Big Nerd Ranch announces Android Bootcamp, five intensive, all-inclusive days of Android training with Android guru Mark Murphy. The Android course, offered March 16-20, 2009, will be held at the Big Nerd Ranch retreat outside Atlanta, GA.

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Android is significantly different from any other mobile development platform or Java-based environment

Get Your Android Training at the Big Nerd Ranch, March 16-20, 2009

The biggest idea in new technology comes in the smallest package.

When Google announced it was entering the mobile device market with Android, developers got excited. Really excited. Now, the recent partnership between Google and T-Mobile has spurred top-tier mobile device manufacturers to start developing devices for Android, setting the stage for Android to become a dominant mobile application platform. Based in Java, Android boasts an open architecture with an open source foundation that stands out from any other mobile development platform, with untapped potential for software development. For entrepreneurs wanting to tap that potential, the Big Nerd Ranch, premier provider of intensive, week-long classes for programmers, web developers and system administrators, is now offering Android Bootcamp, March 16-20, 2009.

The Android training class is taught by one of the top names in the mobile development industry, Mark Murphy, founder of CommonsWare and author of 'The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development (Version 2.0)' and 'The Busy Coder's Guide to Advanced Android Development (Version 1.0)', slated to be released in March or April of 2009. The ebook version of the book was released June 3, 2008 and has become a top-selling guide to Android programming. Mark has more than 25 years experience as a development trainer and consultant, building real-world applications for top companies. He is a frequent contributor to the Android support Google Groups.

"Android is significantly different from any other mobile development platform or Java-based environment," said Android instructor Mark Murphy. "This class will immerse you in the Android platform, leveraging your existing Java expertise, so you walk away able to build Android GUIs and related components. You will not only learn the basics of setting up activities and UI widgets, but the advanced capabilities that make Android compelling, such as GPS, mapping, Web service access, and on-device search."

Mark draws upon his extensive mobile development experience and leverages students' existing Java expertise to immerse students in the Android platform and guide them in building sophisticated Android GUIs and components. By the end of the week, students attending the class will be able to:

  •      Create professional Android user interfaces using XML
  •      Connect Android applications to the Internet, embed browsers into applications and create database-driven applications
  •      Utilize content providers to publish data to Android applications and communicate with other applications to use their data
  •      Use services to build long-running Android processes
  •      Integrate advanced Android features like mapping, search, and location-based (GPS) services into applications

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. Class price of $3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention. For more information, call (404) 527-6211 or visit


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