Saturday, 14 January 2017

Links for starting out in Android development

A recent discussion at work made me realise that over the past few years learning Android development I've managed to build a short but very useful list of links for starting out. Not a really detailed post this time around, but hopefully these links help at least one person, let me know!

  • Development environment: We started out using Eclipse, but now feel that there is only one IDE to learn, Android Studio 2.x
  • How to documentation: This has always been a big struggle, much of the information that you can find is quickly out of date and potentially incorrect. Luckily a team of volunteers have set up the Codepath Android Cliff-notes as a Github wiki. This team have also recognised the difficulty faced by many starting out with Android development and have put together a list of articles tackling everything to do with Android development and are maintaining that list to ensure it is regularly reviewed / updated to keep it relevant and useful. I really wish I'd found this when I first started out.
  • Training videos: At my company we all have Pluralsight subscriptions (well recommended). I can recommend the course by Sriyank Siddhartha. Again, everything ages with Android really badly so these articles were useful around 2016/7.
  • More detailed videos: The Android development team at Google put together a great YouTube channel. These videos are usually really in depth but require a little more than entry level knowledge to get the most from. Either good to watch to get a feel for what's available or coming back to when you need to tackle a particular problem.

That's all, enjoy learning Android!

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