New to programming....

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  1. LEVEND1Z

    LEVEND1Z New Member
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    Hey guys im new to the Forum, Android and programming.
    So i don't have a clue on what im doing but here i am and wanting to learn.
    Where do i start? What do i need? Is there a easy route?

    P.S: I work on my Mac Book Pro.
     

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  2. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member
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    Welcome to the forum! :D

    For starters, can you program at all, or is it "only" Android that's new to you?

    Your #1 resource should be the official site: The Developer's Guide | Android Developers
    where you can find a language reference as well as several beginner-friendly tutorials. Check those out, and complete them -- even if you think you have no need for yet another Notepad app!

    If you're totally new to programming in general, I'd suggest picking up a number of introductory Java books. Android is NOT 100% Java, but it's darn close and learning Java will serve you well on Android. There are also Android-specific books out.

    Please don't ask me for an exact list of ISBN numbers; instead use the search here in the forum as well as at Google, Amazon, and other coding sites. :)
     
  3. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?
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    Yeah I agree with Klaymen, start with some basic PC java and I would even go further as to say that Android is NOT a good platform for learning (in my opinion). They use some pretty advanced design patterns and a few I think they made up while they were high. ;)

    I'd also suggest that when you are learning Java try and learn the basics of SQL. It doesnt matter what SQL you use, it could be MySQL, MSQL or SQLite. They all use the same language. a basic knowledge of how to create a database record, update a record, delete a record and select and read records is (also in my opinion) required for programming in android.


    If you really want a good language to learn how to program on though, I would say try JavaScript.
     
  4. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?
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    Also, welcome to AF :)
     
  5. KlaymenDK

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    Hey, don't diss it. A lot of good code comes out of late- and all-night coding sessions ... as long as afterwards you don't have to understand why it works! :D

    Sorry, off topic. I'll shut up now.
     
  6. LeonR

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