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Setting up Bluestacks for Android App Debugging

Testing an Android app using the Android device emulator can be slow.  One way you can speed that up is to install the Intel Atom images and create devices with varying display resolution using that processor rather than the ARM processor most devices use (that avoids the processor emulation), but when you’re just working on a app and just need to see the progress one of the best alternatives is to use Bluestacks.

Just download and install Bluestacks on your machine; then setup a connection using the Android debugger (located in sdk\platform-tools now) with the command:

adb connect 127.0.0.1

Then just go about debugging directly from your IDE.

The Bluestack “machine” will appear as:

samsung-gt_n7000-127.0.0.1:5555
Android version 4.0.4

Keep in mind, there’s no substitute for testing on a real device — and the Android debugger still gives you the ability to see how your app looks on different size screens.

NOTE:  Bluestacks is currently in BETA, but it’s a fairly robust solution and works well for Android app development.

Setting up Netbeans for Android App Development

As an alternate to using Eclipse for Android App development, you can use Netbeans or the Google Android Studio (currently an early BETA and not extremely robust).

 

Tested configuration:

 

The following steps are only to setup Netbeans for Android development; you will need to take additional steps to setup devices in the Android SDK before you can actually deploy and test a APK, but you can create a template app after completing these steps and build it.

 

You may use this reference for additional information and screen shots of the panels (it is not necessary to purchase the extension; the “free” license will work fine for what is required):

http://nbandroid.org/wiki/index.php/Installation

 

 

1) Launch the Android SDK Manager

    update components as needed.

    close SDK Manager

 

2) Launch Netbeans

    Goto

        Tools->Plug Ins

     Goto

        Settings

     Goto

        Add

                 Name: NBAndroid

          URL: http://nbandroid.org/release72/updates/updates.xml

     Goto

        Available Plugins

            Search: NBAndroid

            Select “NBAndroid Gradle Support”, “Android” “NBAndroid Extension”

            Click “Install”

            Accept licenses and follow through panels.

         Goto

        Tools->Options->Misc->Android

            Set SDK Location: c:\android\sdk

     Exit Net Beans (or create an Android app and build it)

50th Anniversary of “The War on Poverty”

Today is the 50th anniversary for LBJ’s “War on Poverty”.

While income inequity is still a huge problem in this country, few would argue that the safety net programs put in place over the years have not helped to address poverty in America.

Can we do better?  I’d say the answer is yes!  Will we do better?  I’d say the likelihood of that happening near term is unlikely.

War on Poverty