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Discussion in 'Android Development' started by Adam Brave, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Adam Brave

    Adam Brave Lurker
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    Hi!

    I would like to develop an Android app and I would like to know which are the best tools and languages to start with, at the present moment.

    I've some knowledge of Java, and some time ago I have done some basic things with Android Studio but since this area is changing so fast and since there is a myriad of technologies/languages involved in app development (Node.js, Javascript, Angular, React, and so on) I'm somehow lost on where to start?

    Can someone tell me what to look first?

    Thank you.
     



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  2. Deleted User

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    Yes. Start here https://androidforums.com/threads/please-read-me-before-posting.987318/

    If you want to do Android app development, learn Java. The other language you may want to become familiar with is Kotlin. That language isn't any better than Java, but Google would like you to use it because, well they had a bit of a falling out with Oracle over Java. They're encouraging developers to go down the Kotlin route now for developing apps.

    Those other technologies you mentioned (Angular, React etc) are nothing to do with Android app development. They are client side web technologies. Super interesting and very clever, but they have no use in developing a native Android app.

    And a warning here, if you do get into studying Angular/React, be prepared to go down a very deep rabbit hole, open up a can of worms (you get the picture). They are very smart, and powerful frameworks, but you must invest a lot of time to learn them. Very worthwhile learning though, I might add, if you are a web app developer.
     
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  3. Adam Brave

    Adam Brave Lurker
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    Thank you for the feedback LV426.

    What about the rise of Fuchsia? Would it be worthwhile to learn now how to develop an app for Android?
     
  4. Deleted User

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    You can't use Fuschia yet because Google haven't release it :)
    It's Google's next gen cross platform O/S. Will it supersede Android? Who knows, but it will have Google's weight behind it. Fact is though, there's an awful lot of Android Java code out there, so that keeps us developers in jobs for now.
    Depends what your motivation is? If you want to equip yourself with skills that make you attractive to potential employers, learn what is most popular. That usually coincides with the stuff that's most interesting, so everyone's happy :D
     
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  5. 23tony

    23tony Well-Known Member

    @LV246 do you see much chance of Java being dropped entirely in the future, given the situation, or do you think they'll continue to support it for the longer haul?
     
  6. Deleted User

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    Good question. I think Google will continue to support Java, I doubt it will be dropped entirely. but my feeling is that going forward, developers will continue to be weaned off Java, in favour of Kotlin. There will be less technical documentation and support for Java as a development language for Android.
     
  7. Brian Berry

    Brian Berry Well-Known Member

    I love kotlin
     
  8. Brian Berry

    Brian Berry Well-Known Member

    Get developing kotlin by big nerd ranch
     
  9. Deleted User

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    Just out of interest, why do you think Kotlin is more flexible and reliable than Java?
     
  10. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

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  11. Deleted User

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    Well i totally agree with keeping it simple.
    It's possible to do that with Java ;)
     
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