Juri StrumpflohnerFollowJuri is a full stack developer and tech lead with a special passion for the web and frontend development. He creates online videos for Egghead.io, writes articles on his blog and for tech magazines, speaks at conferences and holds training workshops.
Android Development Tools
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Till recently, (IMHO) Android Developers had a very bad experience in designing graphical UIs for their Android apps. Personally I never relied on the graphical designer that was provided with the Android Eclipse plugin. It just didn't do it's job well. Then later, Google launched AppInventor, a simple way for (as they claim) even non-technical people to design their Android application. It basically allows you to create your app by composing together pieces of functionality in a very interactive, graphical way. This made me wonder a bit: why did Google invest into an online - say - graphical editor for Android apps when their Eclipse based editor used by the mainstream of "serious" Android developers really sucked?? But it was clear that it was just a matter of time till they would enhance that one as well.
Now the time has come :). In the Google I/O 2011 talk below, they present their enhancements on the Google Eclipse plugin, focusing mainly on the UI designer. And it's really amazing what they did...have a look