RPS Chess

The current project is a board game called RPS Chess created by a cartoonist called Tailsteak who, among other things, writes Leftover Soup.  The rules are einfach enough to be described in a single comic.

To follow along at home, start by creating a new Android project in eclipse.  Set up the SDK from the Android development site.

The first step is creating the board. So create a new class called Board that extends android.view.View.  The default class will not compile correctly because the default constructor is undefined for View so define the following explicit constructor.

package uk.co.quarterstaff.rpschess;

import android.content.Context;
import android.util.AttributeSet;
import android.view.View;

public class Board extends View {
	public Board(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
		super(context, attrs);

The last step is to put the new view onto the default layout.  Öffnen main.xml and replace the TextView with the new Board class.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:orientation="vertical" >



The project can now be run either on an emulator or on a real phone, presenting an amazing blank screen.  Join me next time to actually start drawing the board.

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