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Amethyst 2 and Android

Going mobile
by Dermot Hogan
Wednesday 9 January 2013.

Amethyst 2 supports Android mobile and tablet devices. The Visual Studio platform deployment mechanism works well with both emulators and real devices.

First, create a new mobile project

Next select the device platform

Here, you can select the Android SDK path and key store files to use in the project. You can also save these as defaults.

Next drag a button from the Toolbox onto the design surface

and double click it to generate an event. Add some code and set a breakpoint

If you now look at the Configuration Manager, you’ll see that the Android ’platform’ has been selected by default (you can change this if you wish) and in addition to the usual Build checkbox, there’s now a Deploy checkbox. If Deploy is checked, the application will be copied into the Android device by the Visual Studio build mechanism.

Selecting Deploy from the Build menu will now build and deploy the application into the Android device (here an emulator)

And here’s the result ... when the button is clicked, the Visual Studio debugger fires and halts at the breakpoint


This is a preview of the forthcoming version of Amethyst 2 – our ActionScript/Flash IDE for Visual Studio 2012 and 2010. If you buy Amethyst 1.0 for Visual Studio 2010 now you will be entitled to a free update to Amethyst 2 when it is released. See the Amethyst 2012 announcement for more information.

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