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Ken Kousen

Kousen IT, Inc.

Ken Kousen is the President of Kousen IT, Inc., through which he does technical training, mentoring, and consulting in all areas related to Java, specializing in Android, Spring, Hibernate, Groovy, and Grails. He is the author of the Manning book “Making Java Groovy” and the upcoming O'Reilly book "Gradle for Android". Ken is a regular speaker on the No Fluff, Just Stuff conference tour, as well as at many other international conferences. In 2013 he won a JavaOne Rock Star award. Over the past decade he has taught thousands of developers in business and industry. In addition to owning several technical certifications, his academic background includes two BS degrees from M.I.T., an MS and a Ph.D. from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I. Contacts Ken @kenkousen.

Speaker Presentations
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 8:30am
Full-day Tutorials
Android Development Introduction: A Hands-On Workshop

Learn Android development from the ground up. We'll start with the SDK and the Android Studio IDE, and build, test, and deploy applications on both emulators and physical devices. The basics of Android development will be discussed and implemented, from activities to resources to asynchronous communications.

Examples will be provides to show how to use the new Gradle build system for Android. We'll also use the embedded SQLite database to store data, and access a RESTful web service and parse the resulting JSON data to update the user interface.

Programming Skills Required: Participants should have strong programming skills.

Laptop Required: To participate fully in this workshop, you should bring a laptop with Java and the Android Studio IDE already installed. Download the Java JDK at Download Android Studio and update the Android SDK with the most recent components at