If you’re an Android developer and a user of SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services, you’re no doubt aware that version 1.0 of the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for Android was released in September. Here’s hoping you’ve found the help you need to install the SDK and create your first app!
If you haven’t found answers to your questions, then let me help. In this blog, I will point you to some of the resources that will hopefully provide the information you are looking for.
The best place to start is with our documentation. It includes some high-level content so you can quickly familiarize yourself with the SDK’s components. And, of course, it’s got Getting Started and Development guides—as well as sample code and API reference—to help you when you get coding.
The documentation is packaged with the software but is also available online here on the SAP Help portal. (To launch the shipped version of the docs, extract the contents of the software download zip file to your hard drive, navigate to the “Docs” folder, and open “index.html”.)
You’ll find the following sections:
- About the SDK: An overview of the Fiori, Foundation, and OData components. This section also describes the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for Android Wizard, an Android Studio plugin that lets you create a starter Android app.
- Getting Started: Tasks for installing the SDK and running the Wizard. When you have completed the Getting Started section, you’ll have a new project open in Android Studio with the code required for your app to connect to the SAP Cloud Platform, access your OData service, and use various Cloud Platform services.
- Development Guides: Guides on how to use the software components provided by the SDK. This section also describes some of the SDK’s security features and provides some recommendations for using them to safeguard your app’s data.
- Sample Code: Code snippets for performing the most common OData and Foundation operations.
- API Reference: Reference topics for the available classes. Use it to learn more about the interfaces and constructors for each class as well as the methods, parameters, and events.
If you’re interested in tutorials, head over to the SDK for Android page on the SAP Developer Community site. This page provides more information on the SDK and includes some interesting videos. Bookmark this page and return to it. Content is being added all the time.
The SAP Developer page also includes a community tab where you can post comments and ask questions of the developer community. (If you come across any problems with the documentation—or you have any comments or suggestions for improvement—please leave a comment here to let us know. Thanks!)
There! That should get you ready to start coding. Good luck with your mobile app projects!