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Discussion in 'Application Development' started by itzdajb270, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. itzdajb270

    itzdajb270 New Member
    Thread Starter

    Aug 28, 2010
    student and freelance computer repair man
    Vine Grove Kentucky
    Hello Android world the Names Jb. I live in kentucky and just bout a backflip a month ago and let me say i am hooked on my miniture computer. my computer literacy suprises myself at times but a wise man never says his plate is full but slowy consumes his full plate until its empty and asks for seconds.:rolleyes: thats why im here to learn how to do android development hopefully i can get some good pointers on how to get started and create some apps themes and better keyboards to give back to the community just as the community has been so good to me this past month! toodles:cool:jb


  2. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH

    Feb 19, 2010
    Welcome to Android Forums! Glad you signed up!

    Firstly, let me warmly welcome you. I'm from NJ, but my daughter goes to UK. Small world! Here's what I want to do. I want to move this post to the developer's section so that they can say hello to you and you can get to know them, getting your feet wet, as it were.

    Take care!

  3. lfigueroa

    lfigueroa New Member

    Aug 28, 2010
    hi i need some help, does anyone know if the new angry bird game app is out for htc evo and where to find it
  4. jonbonazza

    jonbonazza Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2010
    Wow.. completely off topic...

    At any rate...

    @OP: Hello, and welcome to the world of Android development!

    As I am unsure of your programming experience, I will make this as general as possible.

    First, you need to be familiar with the Java programming language and the concept of OOP (Object-Oriented Programming).

    The BEST book on java programming I have found is the Sam's Teach Yourself Java (5th Edition) book. This can be located here:
    Amazon.com: Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours (5th Edition) (9780672330766): Rogers Cadenhead: Books

    This is surprising, I know, as the Sam's Teach Yourslef books are usually garbage, however this one is one of the rare ones that are actually very good.

    After you have a solid understanding of the java programming language and the concept of OOP, I suggest (although this is not absolutely necessary, it will help speed up your learning process) purchasing a book on Android app development. The best one I have found for this is:

    Amazon.com: Android Wireless Application Development (9780321627094): Shane Conder, Lauren Darcey: Books

    After you feel you have a solid understanding of the content in that book, your next step is to familiarize yourself with the Android SDK. Much of the SDK is discussed in the aforementioned book, however the SDK is a very vast library and cannot be covered in its entirety in a single book.You will likely check the documentation regularly, even when actually workking on a program, but it is good to make a quick skim through to get an idea of what all is offered.

    The last reference you will need (and will use quite often as a beginner) is the Android developer's website (Android Developers). Not only can the documentation be found here, but many samples, examples, and tutorials ccan also be found here on just about any concept that the SDK has to offer. Although these snippets are usually not the best way of doing things or even the most efficient, it will give you an idea of where to start.

    I hope all of this information helps! Feel free to ask any questions you may (and will) have in the development forums. Happy coding!

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