Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation
By Edd Dumbill
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 2011
Run time: 39 hours 42 minutes

The Best of Android Open:

Learn the tools that are propelling Android past iPhone and Blackberry

Looking for the latest and best information for maximizing the power of the Android platform? This video compilation includes every session of the October 2011 inaugural of O’Reilly’s Android Open—the first conference to cover the entire Android ecosystem. A crowd of developers, IT pros, business leaders, and marketers showed up at this hugely successful meet and greet to share best practices, tools, models, and lessons learned.

If you’re in business to create, sell, or market products in the Android space, if you’re launching an Android-centric venture or need to take stock of the competitive landscape, this video series is a must. Join Marko Gargenta (Marakana), Massimo Banzi (Arduino), Dion Almaer (Walmart.com), and many other presenters as they explore today’s Android opportunities.

Here are just a few of the sessions you’ll receive in this video package:

App Development:

  • How to Build Killer Android Apps for 4G/LTE Networks—Alex Gaber (Alcatel Lucent)
  • Getting the Magic on Android Tablets—Suzanne Alexandra (Motorola)
  • From iOS to Android—Nick Farina (Meridian)

Platform Development:

  • Embedded Android—Karim Yaghmour (Opersys inc.)
  • Scala as a Java Replacement on Android—Mike Burns (thoughtbot)
  • Challenges of Building HTC Sense—David Wu (HTC)

Business & Marketing:

  • Android for the Enterprise: Getting from Here to There—Hristo Bojinov (3LM)
  • 50 Business Models in 20 Minutes—Mark Murphy (CommonsWare)
  • Wearing Android: Developing Apps for Micro Devices—Ted Ladd (WIMM Labs)
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    3.0

    More interesting then useful

    By Gary

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    Comments about oreilly Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation:

    This set of videos consists of around 75 videos of talks from the Android Open conference. The talks range from keynote speeches to talks on app and platform development as well as business and marketing.

    I have spent some time learning the basics of Android as a developer and doing general reading in the area of Android but am in no way an expert or experienced. I found many of the talks interesting but there were few ideas or concepts that I wasn't aware of and much of it was on the basic/obvious side. There was a 4 part video on setting up an Android app with a great speaker but it just followed the development that O'Reilly's Learning Android book does and only got through the first couple of steps. The book has way more detail and is a better way to learn that material. Another issue/concern I have is how long this material will be relevant as Android's Ice Cream Sandwich release was after this talk. Books do have the same issue.

    The positives of this collection is they do allow someone to get a broad feel for android although it does take a bit of time given the quantity of video involved. Also, many of the speakers were enjoyable and can help get you excited about Android. It may work best as a jump start for someone wanting to get into Android or for someone already engaged to get a feel for how others are working in the area. It won't get the novice going but it will give you some information/knowledge. At that point books and the web will be needed to get you fully up to speed.

    If you are like me where you have limited time, my recommendation is to skip these videos and spend the hours tracking what is going on in Android and getting in depth in the area you are interested in. Your mileage will vary.

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    5.0

    Excellent way to enjoy the conference

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      Comments about oreilly Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation:

      I enjoyed watching the Android Open Conference for 2011 by O'Reilly and learned a lot on all of the many topics that were covered throughout the 40 hours of presentations. After watching all of the presentations, I can see advantages and disadvantages to watching the collection of presentation instead of going to the actual conference. One of the positive points was the fact that I felt very inspired by many of the presenters and really enjoyed many of the topics that were covered. I really enjoyed all of the presentations that Ken Jones provide throughout the conference. I also enjoyed watching Eric Burke presentation on improving the quality of apps by making rounded corners for images and other items. His passion in creating great looking apps is the same level of passion that I have for creating software. I would have to say about every presenter showed great passion in what they were presenting. This leads me to some of the other positive points for watching vs. being at the conference. One positive point is the fact that if the topic for the presentation sounds really great and you start watching it and realize that it really isn't for you, then you can just stop watching that presentation without worrying about offending the presenter by walking out. I am not saying by any means that I would do better than the presenters in the conference, but having the option of saving your time and moving on to more interesting topics is a huge plus in my book. On the flip side of this you don't have the opportunity to ask any questions and/or talk with the presenter after the lecture. For full disclosure, I didn't try to contact any of the presenters by email for any question. I would assume that they would respond, since they all seemed to pass out their contact information within the presentation. Another positive benefit of having this available through O'Reilly and being able to watch from home is the fact that you could probably more easily convince your Boss to have the company pay for the videos, since it would cost a lot less than a trip out to California, hotel, rental car, food, and being away from work. On the other hand, I have been at companies where they want you to get submersed in the conference and network with other developers to see what else is going on. That is something that I did miss out on by watching the videos instead of being there. The last positive point that I am going to say, is the fact that I can watch these over and over again. If for some reason someone brought up the topic of security in mobile devices, I would re-watch the presentations that covered that topic if I couldn't remember everything. I don't know for sure if the people who actually went to the conference would have access to these videos or not. But if they do not, then this would be another huge benefit.

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      5.0

      Hours of Android enjoyment

      By Jim Schubert

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        Comments about oreilly Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation:

        There are a lot of videos here. If you're only planning to write apps for the market, you'll most likely not be interested in the Embedded Android talk or Scala as a Java replacement. If you don't work on iOS and never plan to, you can probably scan through Nick Farina's talk (sorry, Nick). I found many of the videos worthwhile, whether they related to actual app development or the business of apps.

        I also really enjoyed the keynotes. Tim O'Reilly's talk is probably my favorite because I've been saying the same things about many of Tim's comparisons since I bought my first DROID a couple of years ago.

        Even if you're familiar with Android development, you should definitely watch the videos by Ken Jones. He shows the start of a Twitter client. Although he didn't get very far in the actual coding, he will point you to the finished code. One aspect I loved about his talks is that he discusses a lot of best practices. Many tutorials you find online either don't discuss best practices or don't incorporate them.

        Be sure to watch the Arduino videos. I hadn't heard about Arduino before this video and I was very impressed. In fact, I watched the keynote video twice.

        Honestly, there are some videos here that I'm not that interested in. That doesn't detract from the overall usefulness of this video collection. If you're 25% of the way through a video and it hasn't hooked you yet, move onto the next because there is a plethora of information.

         
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        feels like you are there

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          Comments about oreilly Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation:

          I am not Android developer, I focus on the iOS development instead. But there was one thing that bothered me. How much different Android world is from the iOS one. At first, this looks like an easy question, but devil is in the details. By choosing Android Open conference materials for review, the only thing I knew was that I wanted to become more familiar with this platform. And I did.

          You can read my praise to O'Reilly's Video materials in my other posts. Videos are simply superb. Guys are working hard to make them as good as possible. In fact, you simply feel like being there. However, when it comes to the lecture itself – it depends heavily on the speaker. Some of them are born to deliver presentations while some of them aren't. Like with everything else in our lives. I will simply focus on guys that impressed me.

          I really enjoyed Mark's Murphy speech. At first, he sounds little bit dramatic but then, it gets better and better. Mark will tell you about different business models you can reach for. Really cool speech. Ken Jones, on the other hand, will guide you through the specifics of the Android development and will focus on practical matters. Really nice video. Eric Cloninger discusses quite interesting topic as well. Developing C/C++ applications using Eclipse. Which is quite useful because Eclipse is primary targeted at Java world.

          In my opinion the material is really targeted at developers who want to get something more than simple cookbook like tutorials. Conference covered not only development related topics but touched business related once as well. The only drawback is the price. It's rather expensive and I would suggest getting your boos to buy it for you. Both of you will benefit, I am sure. Your boss, because you will be able to get quite a lot of knowledge in pleasant meaner, and you because you will learn few things for sure.

           
          5.0

          Great, even for the non-technically mind

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            Comments about oreilly Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation:

            I asked for a review copy of this video because I am establishing a small software company and will be releasing some Android Apps in the new year. I thought what better way to get my head around everything to do with Androids: 40 hours of video of some of the most talented and diverse speakers imaginable.

            And it worked.

            I don't do the technical programming side of things, I rely on contractors for that. But it does help to have your head around the technical stuff a bit (after having burnt a few thousand on a contractor who pretended to know what he was doing),

            So if you want the technical programming discussions then there are plenty of those and, not having watched most of them and not fully understanding the ones I did, they are clearly for people who wouldn't blink when confronted with a session title like Platform Development - RenderScript Internals: Using a Numerical algorithm to Spike the RenderScript Compiler and Runtime.

            For the non-technical folk like me there was still plenty to enjoy. Some highlights.

            Claire Hunsaker takes you on a nine minute journey through what Android means to the developing world. She gives some solid guidance if you want to develop apps for the developing world, but the bit of me with a social conscience was just blown away by her presentation. The cost of access to smart phones is coming down (still expensive but it can be saved for), people in remote communities accessing Facebook, and design competitions to develop apps for developing world.

            Wendy Seltzer's twenty minute discussion on why open source development is good kind of converted me - it is not just about being one of those people who think that there is an ethical basis for open source, but she actually pointed out quite a few excellent business reasons.

            There are plenty of other interesting sessions, but the one that is mostly likely to pay the cost of buying this video (assuming, of course, that you can't get a free review copy) is Mark Murphy's Fifty Business Models in Twenty Minutes. The presentation actually runs for twenty four minutes, and he gives 53 not 50 business models, so at more than two business models a minute it shows you a whole lot of ways of making money other than just selling your apps for 99 cents.

            You won't watch the entire video collection in one sitting - but it is good for those days when you're feeling like a bit of inspiration.

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