Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?

  • From: Alex Hall <mehgcap@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:19:58 -0400

Yes it would, but I had no luck with Eclipse and Jaws. Maybe it was
just me, but I found the entire setup very hard to use and much less
productive than a text editor. I did miss the auto-importing of
required packages, though.

On 7/30/10, Ken Perry <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Oh don't do it this way use eclipse and follow the instructions any android
> developer has out there.  Coding without Eclipse and its code completion on
> Android would suck
> .
>
> Ken
>
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> Yes, I did a semester of android programming and I am blind. I used
> Edsharp as my text editor
> (http://www.empowermentzone.com/edsetup.exe), Ant to compile, and the
> command line to test and run things. The only stumbling block, aside
> from what you run into trying to understand the Android programming
> concepts themselves, will be the initial setup of your emulator. You
> will have to have a sighted person enable Talkback, then you will need
> to use the keyboard to find out what does what. There is a list of
> emulator keystrokes, but I am not sure where it is, I found it through
> a forum somewhere. The other potential problem is with the
> SensorSimulator program; it is not accessible, so, if you plan to test
> things like the accelleromoter (I hate spelling that word) you will
> need a sighted person to set up the program and manipulate it.
>
> To create a new project, I recommend making a bat file that you edit
> with the new information just before creating your project. I also
> recommend putting a folder called "android" or "android apps" (or
> something like that) on the root of your hard drive, then creating
> each project you do in a subfolder of this folder. I say this because
> you will have to cd into the folder a lot, so the shorter the path to
> the project the better. If you have questions, let me know and I will
> try to answer them.
>
> On 7/29/10, Dave <davidct1209@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I'm relatively new to Android land as well, but from what I've done so
>> far, yes, it's accessible depending on your experience.
>>
>> Android comes with a variety of development tools; there's, as you
>> mentioned, a plugin for Eclipse to help streamline the development
>> experience (auto generated project files).
>>
>> However, all of this can be done by hand via the Android SDK using
>> command line tools.  One can also specify UI elements within an
>> AndroidManifest xml file.
>>
>> The learning curve isn't too bad as long as you are fairly comfortable
>> with exploring the technology stack (from the tools, to the SDK, to
>> the application concepts such as intents, broadcasts, services, etc.
>> and finally to managing a real device such as flashing, rooting,
>> etc.).
>>
>> Hth.
>>
>> On 7/29/10, David Engebretson Jr. <d.engebretson@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> I asked the same question a week back or so and didn't get a response.
>>> Maybe we'll need to explore it together.  try eyesfree.google.com
>>>
>>> cheers,
>>> david
>>>
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>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Robert Jaquiss" <rjaquiss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:13 PM
>>> Subject: Is Android Programming Accessible?
>>>
>>>
>>>> Hello:
>>>>
>>>>     I am looking at a possible project that requires programming for an
>>>> Android based device. Has anyone done this? My research to date
> indicates
>>>> that Java is used with the Eclipse IDE and an Android SDK.
>>>>
>>>> Regards,
>>>>
>>>> Robert
>>>>
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