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If you are just arriving at this page; and you are not familiar with with creating Android Apps, we suggest you begin with our tutorials:
Coding Android App Pages
and How To Create a Simple App in Android
From there follow along with each tutorial lesson.
AIDE and ANDROID STUDIO
We are using AIDE(a mobile coding environment using language java/xml), to create these tutorial apps on our
tablet(7" screen) that has android version 5.0.
Once we build and RUN our app; we then install the app on this same tablet; and the app is also installed on a smart phone that has android version 6.
We are using the AIDE coding editor to code our pages; and then to Create - RUN our apps. AIDE is a SDK coding environment for android devices like a tablet or smartphone.
AIDE has a free and paid version.
Once you create your apps code pages, you need to RUN the app to build your apk package; then you INSTALL it on your tablet or smartphone.
For info on using AIDE, gohere
can also create; RUN your apps using the code in these tutorials, with Android Studio. Android Studio is for desktop computers. Choose Java XML as the programming language.
Android Studio is free to install and use for your android app development. Although not as convenient as testing your app on an actual android device; you can test
your newly created app in Android Studio using its' android emulator.
Complete Example Codes are available for each of our tutorials. With these example codes you can make a functioning android app in
either AIDE or Android Studio.
First, create a java/xml android template app using AIDE, (or Android Studio). Then you can get the code for this app from the EXAMPLE CODE section on this page.
Replace the code on the pages you need to(with our tutorial code); in order to create this app.
Sometimes, new pages have to be created.
All the other coded pages in your app
can remain as they are; they don't need to be changed.
This is the App - ShareActionSend
It can share the 'text' from the screen view.
You can share the text to your social sites or other apps on your device
Where - How To Use Intents to Share Text
There are many methods you can code to share text in your android apps; in this app we have coded one such method. It is a simple way to share text from an app page
(screen view) in your app.
Choose The Share Text...destination App
When the app page loads, the 'Share...chooser' prompts you to choose where to send the text. Depending on what apps you have installed on your device, it
could be your social sites like Facebook, Twitter, or apps like DroidEdit(text and editing), or perhaps your cloud storage like OneDrive(microsofts' free storage in the cloud).
To send the text, just click the destination app icon, and text is sent to that app.
Share Prompt Loads on App Page Load
This method is ideal if you want the 'Share...prompt' to display when the app page is first opened.
It will only show the one time; which is when the app page is first loaded into the screen view.
Add To Any App Page
You can add a Share Text like this one to just one page in your app or to any number of app pages.
This Share Intent for text method can be used for a variety of reasons in an android app.
One example might be if you had a
learning website; like say math; and you wanted to give your users the math problems and answers so they could access them offline; or maybe even
Creating - Naming Your App Using AIDE
When creating your app,(from left menu) choose:
Create New Project;
New Android App(gradle, android Java/xml)
Hello World App Java/xml
if your using the original version of AIDE
You can name your app whatever you like; if your using the name as shown in our example code use;
for the App Name and,
for the package name(next line) use:
If you want to name it differently, you can, just change the code to whatever name you choose where it says, com.aac.shareactionsendexample, in the coded pages, usually at the
top of the java class pages like; MainActivity.java
The Coded Pages
Code for the app - ShareActionSend
For this app you will use these coded pages:
1 layout file, main.xml,(already created, just copy paste this tutorial app code into it and save); located at res/layout/.
1 java page, MainActivity.java,(already created) where we define our layout:
and, we add our text to be used in the Share Intent; add the text at the code;
Just copy paste the code from this tutorial, into the file MainActivity.java; to replace code that's there and save the file.
1 strings.xml page(already created), where you define the app name(already done when we created our template app); and we define our text for the app also;
for this app the string name is: string name="sharesendtext".
Just copy and paste the strings code from this tutorial into the strings.xml file to replace code that's there, then save it.
The manifest xml page, (already created)where we define our app's name and activity java page(and other things). Since we are not adding any new activities to our app; we don't need to define any new java pages in the
manifest file; so we can leave this page code as it is.
Since this tutorial app - ShareActionSend, has no images; we don't have to add any to our drawable-hdpi folder.
The folder src/res/drawable-hdpi also has our ic_launcher.png image;(little green android icon) but we don't need to add it because it was
added automatically when we created our android template app.
EXAMPLE CODE - Code For This Tutorial
JUST USE YOUR MOUSE to copy the code for this tutorial
App Name is 'ShareActionSend - located at AppProjects/ShareActionSend in AIDE, open the AIDE app, then open App Projects, THEN select the 'ShareActionSend',
app from your files hierachy(left menu); then click on any file from the app, like strings.xml Make sure at top of page, the app name 'ShareActionSend' is there next to
AppProjects like so: AppProjects/ShareActionSend, then you know you have the proper App.
Once a file is in the editor, you can edit, save it, then RUN your APP, Install,
and Open your app.
Make sure you SAVED EACH PAGE,(or choose automatic saving in AIDE settings) before you RUN your code. SAVE, RUN, INSTALL, OPEN, your App. Once it has been
installed on your tablet, you can open it Simply by Clicking on the Android little green App Icon,with the wording 'ShareActionSend' on your tablet. It will
be with your other installed apps.
If you make further changes to this App, you need to SAVE, RUN, UPDATE, INSTALL, OPEN the app.
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for creating Android Apps on your tablet or cell phone(android).
Free and Paid - with Free, create java/xml android template apps, and there is a couple free android coding lessons.
create java/xml android template apps, and you can create a 'keystore' for your app, so you can publish your apps to the marketplaces like Google Playstore and Amazon.
- for creating Android Apps on your desktop computer.
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The Java XML files we code(example codes) and the Android Apps we create in our Free
Tutorials are compatible with Android Studio and AIDE. Just choose Java XML as your Programming Language.