For those who think App development is not a technique but an art should rather make that cliché scenery of setting sun behind the mountains. Because app development requires deep knowledge of programming and skill set which is technical and not just artistic. When it comes to app development with Android, for those who are already into programming and development there will be things analogous in comparison to what you already know.
But for developing mobile apps you will have different challenges altogether. And that’s what every budding developer needs to understand. It needs mastery of certain nuanced concepts of app development for mobiles. Modern day mobile devices differ on diverse factors like smaller screens, processors with different performance abilities. Another challenge is android has nth number of manufacturers, as a result developer needs to keep the code flexible in order to reach masses and attract a variety of users.
So what exactly are the true ingredients of an android developer? The experts we know have given the list below:
As they say there is no shortcut to success, for successful an app developer there is no way around Java. It is a language all android development is based upon. Java is a popular language for a reason; it incorporates features of many powerful languages while also addressing many drawbacks of such languages. Some core features of Java includes, easy understanding, it’s designed to be platform independent, secure using virtual machines, and it is object oriented. But you need to be more careful when it comes to Java in terms of the way Java handles data types it stricter than others. Developers have to be very thoughtful with their code, it has to exactly define the types of data their application plan to work with.
“You can’t afford to have ambiguity in a mobile environment, and Java makes sure that there’s no confusion about what each component of your application is trying to do,” James Traver
XML stands for “eXtensible Markup Language” It was created as a standard way to encode data for internet-based applications. It defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is legible to both human & machine. It allows information to be passed between devices in a way it can be understood consistently. It shares many features like that of HTML, for instance the angled brackets, the <opening> and </closing> tag types. In the world of Android, developers use XML to create layouts that serve as the foundational UI definition for Android applications. Having the understanding of basics of XML is of utmost importance for Android developers in the present scenario.
It is basically an android software development kit; it includes a comprehensive set of development tools like debugger, libraries, a handset emulator based on QEMU, documentation, sample code, and tutorials. Though Android SDK sounds really fancy but for real it is nothing but a pre-packaged code. The android SDK’s are those modules of Java Code that gives developers access to device functions like camera & accelerometer.
Each Android SDK comes with many components that help in enhancing the productivity when building Android apps.
It is the official Integrated Development Environment, specially designed for android app development. It is based on IntelliJ IDEA. With the IntelliJ’s code developer and editor tools, android studio has further advanced features that enhance the overall procedure of app development. It is a replacement for the Eclipse Android Development Tools (ADT).
- Gradle-based build support
- Android-specific refactoringand quick fixes
- Linttools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems
- ProGuardintegration and app-signing capabilities
- Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components
- A rich layout editorthat allows users to drag-and-drop UI components, option to preview layouts on multiple screen configurations
- Support for building Android Wear apps
- Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, enabling integration with Firebase Cloud Messaging (Earlier ‘Google Cloud Messaging’) and Google App Engine
- Android Virtual Device (Emulator) to run and debug apps in the Android studio.
Don’t be a HurryCane
App development is not a JigSaw puzzle that you can solve in hours. It is not even a matter of three-four days. Patience is the key that you need to keep with you. App development is a long term goal that requires long term efforts and strategies.
If you are a beginner this is one lesson that can take you places. And if you go by the mantra of spending quality time on your app things will turn out to be better. Developers that we have here at DynaWeb agrees to the fact that patience can let you explore many opportunities & provide an output worth the effort.
‘Haste Makes Waste’, always remember!
Making an application is a task that needs focused efforts, time and most of all technical capabilities. We won’t say if you have the will you will make a great app. If you don’t have the right skill set you will end up making crap instead of an app. There is always a start, every tech major of the industry had a start may be this is your beginning. A successful end always comes with a right beginning.
Cover Image Source