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Discussion in 'Application Development' started by Bob Maxey, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member
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    Hi Folks

    I have a basic unstanding of programminig. I develop(ed) some Visual Basic stuff, Access Db junk and the like. So please tell me how hard is it to develop Android apps?

    I see apparently simple apps for accessing Gmail and Hotmail, and they look to me like they are not much more than simple programs that access places like MSN, Hotmail, etc.

    I know that I am missing something so please tell me more.

    I want to develop apps to access portions of a corporate web site and include a nice GUI. These are not for public consumption, however.

    VB and Access include various Wizards that simplify development. Are there similar tools in the Android SDK that make it eeasy to do what I want to do?

    Cheers,

    Bob :D:D
     

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  2. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Well-Known Member
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    Hey Bob,
    I moved your thread to android developer 101
     
  3. miXer

    miXer Well-Known Member
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    Well, first of all you need to learn Java. And when you have the basic understanding, you can dive into android.
     
  4. andywhoa

    andywhoa Well-Known Member
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    Just because an application you're using looks simple, doesn't mean architecting it is simple. Applications that hit web services for data are not trivial to a new Android developer. You need to have quite an understanding of how the operating system works to create a stable application.

    If you really want to build Android apps, start simple. Build a Hello World application. Then build an application with a ListView. Then watch this video and see all the things you're doing wrong. If you decide you want to get into more serious Android development, watch this video and attempt to build what he's explaining.

    Just note that after you've learned how to start, compile and create a small project, using ListViews and understanding the Activity lifecycle are your two most important hurdles.
     

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