Android Apps and getting started
by Adam Stroud
Have you ever been curious about making your own android application, but intimidated by the prospect of coding? I know how you feel, and after taking the leap, I’d like to report back that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, it was one of the best leaps I’ve ever made.
Like any skill, you need a great project to work on in order to develop and hone that skill. Without a doubt, android app development is an incredible platform to work on for several reasons:
- Android apps are built with Java, which is universally accepted as the best language to start coding in
- Google made the android platform, so all of their code is open source and free
- Since it is free, millions of people tinker with android development. This means that millions of people post what they’ve learned and troubles they’ve run into on websites like stackoverflow.com
Your phone or tablet is more powerful than your laptop was 5-10 years ago. In addition to its raw computing power, it has touch sensing, a microphone, cameras, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a compass. Does your laptop have those? These user-interface features make the possibilities endless in terms of developing a unique app that you can get excited about and show your friends and employers. For all you civil and mechanical engineers out there: I’m sure you’ll knock the socks off your interviewer when you tell them you know how develop applications. Wow! That guy can program too?
So what can you do to get started? Hit up YouTube for some beginner tutorials or follow this link for a nice step by step tutorial: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/102065/Android-A-beginner-s-guide