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Getting Started in Android Development

Getting Started in Android Development

Tips on getting started in Android Development

Beatrice Kinya

January 23, 2023

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  1. Prerequisites ❖ Interest and passion ❖ Time and consistency ❖

    Tools: ➢ Reliable Internet connection ➢ A good laptop: ▪ 8 GB RAM or more ▪ 8 GB of available disk space minimum (IDE + Android SDK + Android Emulator)
  2. Step 1: Language ❖ Java, Kotlin, C++ ❖ Android development

    is kotlin first. ❖ Kotlin Learning materials at Kotlinlang.org site ❖ Note: Kotlin is used in more than just Android. There is Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile(KMM), Server side, Web frontend(Kotlin/JS), Android and much more. But should I do not have to learn all this? Nope! For the start just focus on Kotlin for Android. 😃
  3. Ready to Learn Android: Resources ❖ Android Documentation training resources

    ❖ Online courses: Udemy, Pluralsight, Coursera ❖ GADS Scholarship offered by Google in partnership with Pluralsight ➢ Android, Cloud, Mobile Web ➢ Check this hashtag on Twitter. #GADS ❖ Bootcamps ❖ Youtube Videos, Blogs(Medium, Hashnode, Kodeco.com, etc)
  4. Build, Build, Build ❖ Github Profile ❖ Work on projects.

    Starting with simple ones, and gradually increasing complexity. Be consistent. ❖ Write about it, Share what you are learning. ➢ #BuildingInPublic ❖ Join a developers community ➢ Learning from others ➢ Getting assistance when you get stuck ➢ Mentorship ❖ Android Communities ➢ Android254, KotlinKenya, Droidettes etc.
  5. Imposter syndrome ❖ Most of us, at one point experience

    imposter syndrome. ❖ Be aware when you are experiencing it. ❖ Is the feature taking so long or very complex that you are starting to doubt yourself? ➢ Break down the feature into small manager tasks. Completing the smaller tasks is a motivation boost. ❖ Something new you do not know where to start? ➢ Remember, it’s okay to ask for help
  6. Imposter Syndrome Cont’ ❖ Learn with peers with whom you

    can share the frustrations and learning. ❖ Keep track of your achievements. ➢ Keep a brag document. ➢ Brag Document and sample template links in the resources slide.
  7. Remember ❖ Interest, Passion ➢ How badly do you want

    to learn Android? ❖ Time and consistency
  8. Resources ❖ Kodeco(you can find books, video tutorials, articles here):

    https://www.kodeco.com/home ❖ Kotlin learning materials: https://kotlinlang.org/docs/learning-materials-overview.html ❖ Android documentation training resources: https://developer.android.com/training/basics/firstapp ❖ Brag Document by Julia Evans: https://jvns.ca/blog/brag-documents/ ❖ Brag Document Template: https://blog.pragmaticengineer.com/work-log-template-for-software-engineers/