Sales for smartphones are increasing quarterly, despite the current strain on the current economy, and while a flood of apps have come and gone on the marketplace, there is a flood of apps still waiting to be created and sold on the digital marketplace. In fact, with the economy failing and people getting laid off, more and more people are choosing to learn skills easily monetized by a digital marketplace, skills like Android app development. As it turns out, quite a lot of people making a living off of Android development started out not knowing a thing about coding. The internet age has granted an unparalleled amount of information easily accessible by anyone – information like learning Android development. With a little bit of time and effort, anybody can learn how to make an app for Android, including those with no prior knowledge.
When beginning to develop for Android, the most important things you need to learn are the elementary concepts of Object Oriented Programming (OOP), a basic understanding of the Java programming language, and the basics of XML. This list of things to learn may seem intimidating at first, but the more you learn about each, the more confidence you will have about using them to create your Android app.
Object Oriented Programming is a term used for programs that use objects and classes, and accomplishes tasks using them. Android apps typically uses many of both classes and objects, so it is important to understand how an object relates and interacts with different objects of different classes. Because you are developing for Android, the most efficient way to learn OOP would be to learn the principles using Java, the official language of Android. Not only would you be learning important OOP concepts, but you would also be familiarizing yourself with the Java and it’s syntax. The majority of your code will be in Java, so learning the language is another important step in learning to develop apps for Android.
XML is important to know because the basis of the Android UI (User Interface) is written in XML. Much of the data on the internet is stored in XML as well, so if you are designing an app that’s meant to interface with the internet somehow, then you will need to know the XML required to pass the data between the internet and your app.
It will also be necessary for you to familiarize yourself with the development environment used to create the app itself. Most Android programmers use and recommend Eclipse as their IDE (Integrated Development Environment) of choice. You will also need to download the Android SDK and learn to use the tools provided with that as well.
Perhaps the most important thing that will be required of you is patience. Learning a new skill from scratch takes time and effort. You should not expect to create a best-selling app overnight. Understand that patience will be required, and sooner than you know it, you will be skilled enough to make money in the Android app development field.