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Automating your Android Phone with SL4A

Sep 02, 2010, 14:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Back in Part 1 we learned how flexible and script-able Android is, and installed the SL4A scripting layer. Today Paul Ferrill teaches more about how to write custom Android scripts.

"In the first installment of this article we looked at getting Google's Scripting Layer for Android (SL4A) downloaded and installed on your Android phone. We examined the basics of writing scripts using Python and even included a short script to set a few of the profile settings. This time we'll take a look at some of the sample scripts found on the SL4A website and talk about how you might write a script of your own.

"The first thing you should do after installing the SL4A application on your phone is to add a shortcut to the scripts folder on one of the home screens. On the HTC EVO you can do this by pressing on an empty space and hold until the Add to Home dialog appears. From here you can add a Widget, App, Shortcut or Folder. Selecting Folder presents a list of available folders and an option to create a New Folder. Selecting the Scripts folder will add a folder icon to the current home screen. Once that's done, you'll have single-click access to any of the scripts stored on your SD card in the sl4a/scripts directory."

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