Smartphones are overtaking the throne of the tech realm from PCs and laptops. Because of that, there’s a growing demand for software solutions used on those gadgets. Although iOS and Apple devices have their fans, the Android OS has been the most popular operating system for the last few years. As of September 2015, there were about 1.4 billion Android users worldwide. Due to these data, it’s clear that Android developers are among the most wanted professions on the labor market. However, you can’t just sit down at your computer and start producing Android software. First you need to learn some basics and expand your knowledge. This piece will explain how a new Android developer can learn new things.
Books for avid Android learners
Regardless of the domination of online tutorials, basics still need to be learnt from books. This is so because book authors take the most important information and present it to learners in an organized way. So, these are the books on Android programing that you should add to your shelf this year.
Greg Nudelman’s book is a great option for beginner developers who want to master the recent innovations brought by Google. It puts the importance of a user-friendly interface on a pedestal. Therefore, you will learn 75 patterns that can be used to make original and functional interfaces for smartphone and tablet software. From filtering and searches to sorting and data entry, those samples provide a useful frame for a new developer. All these features are presented via well-organized, detailed instructions.
An informative and innovative book by Ian G. Clifton brings a bottom-up story on Android development. It provides a clear explanation on the evolution of Android and the successful relationship of this system and design, as well as some interesting app design features.
Apart from that, you’ll learn how to incorporate smooth animations into your work, as well as how to create attractive layouts.
Finally, it has a richly illustrated section on custom drawing and canvas.
A book with a title that personifies the Android OS, Hello, Android cuts to the chase. That way, you’ll start out creating your first application in no time. After that, you’ll move to making a Sudoku game in Android. As you move to every new stage in the game-building process, you’ll master the essentials of Android programing. The emphasis in this book is on practical work that introduces you into the magical world of Android.
Also, make sure that you get the third edition of this book. It brings tons of revised and added materials, such as making live wallpaper, improving multi-touch and storing apps on memory cards.
Courses for practical online work
When you’ve dealt with the initial challenges, provided in the discussed books, it’s time for some real work. Online courses will help you put to practice some original ideas of yours,while following some clear instructions.
- Android Bootcamp Series 2012 – A set of free video tutorials that will guide you through the basics of programing for Android dummies. The entire course is divided into 29 parts, which is a great option, since you can organize your studying sessions in an efficient way. Also, it explains some more advanced features, like system features and online security. All in all, a resourceful free course.
- Android SDK – Available on Lynda.com, this a course for intermediate developers who want to learn more about animation. At the beginning, you’ll be introduced to different animation practices. What comes next are clear instructions on each of these techniques. You’ll learn how to animate with frames, as well as determine view animations. Also, after passing the Android SDK course, you’ll know how to create smooth transitions from slides to activities.
- Android Development with Java Essentials – Prepared for Android beginners, this course will enable you to make Android apps with the use of ListView, SQLite, EditText, Toasts and other features. It will be divided into three phases. The first one will be discussing handouts (a sort of theoretical introduction). The second phase will consist of different activities based on handouts. Finally, the attendees will watch a video with basic practical tasks. You can find this course on Udemy.com, it costs $15 and it includes 4.5 hours of video materials.
Ready-made app tools
When you’ve passed the beginner level, you’ll be able to use some coding skills for building apps from scratch. Still, sometimes you won’t have time for that. This is where ready-made tools for building Android apps will be of great use. Also, they’re perfect for hobbyist developers.
- EachScape – On the surface, you can use this tool to build apps via a drag-and-drop interface, named Cloud Studio. Developers can choose from a variety of layouts and moves, as well modules and blocks.
However, the deep architecture of this tool offers skillful developers to use more advanced features and make their own modules and blocks. As for the price, the beginning is free of charge, but publishing needs to be paid.
- App Press – An easy-to-use app with designers as its target audience, App Press is based on a simple but attractive interface. What you do is put together different screens through various layers, from a database of visual materials. When you gain some experience working with this tool, you can allegedly create up to five apps a day. Therefore, no coding knowledge is needed for Android dummies to make their app in 2017 with App Press.
Developers who want to reach perfection in the field of app development will need to read hundreds of books and make a huge practical effort to become true professionals. However, it’s a gradual process, so don’t be hard on yourself at the beginning. Here you have a wide range of resources the can help developers of all levels. So, don’t be afraid to take the plunge and follow your vision of becoming an Android app developer.