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    I wrote my first Android app last night.

    I just got my Droid X on Thursday and that was my first experience with Android. I love my phone and this OS. I find it intuitive and easy.

    So with that said......

    I have to thank or blame this forum for giving me the link to Android Developer website. It's all your fault!

    LOL

    Ok I am a tinkerer and have to take things apart and figure know how things work. It's been a good decade since I laid down any code (in C) and figured since this Android OS is open source with a pretty cool set of development apps and kits available, I figured why not mess around and see how much trouble I can get into.

    So I downloaded the SDK and and the Java support and a set of Google tools and followed some examples on the Android Developer website.

    The language is fairly foreign to me but the idea of containers and structures is not. So I have some idea of what I was doing when I wrote my first "Hello Android" app. So needless to say I was disappointed when I didn't get a cool little Android Emulator window showing my "Hello Android" output. And I was all excited to jump over to XML and start on an app I could use for my business. Arrrrgh I thought as I shut down the computer at 2am, a good 4 hours past this old guys bedtime. (lol) Then to my surprise I look over to my Droid X that is connected via the USB and it is sitting there displaying....

    "Hello Android"

    I was jazzed as I crawled into bed and can't wait to see what I can do next.

    Oh well, just thought I'd share.

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    Nice! Someday... I will make a me soundboard.
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    I love this feeling. Like when I successfully compiled my first rom, or when I figured out how to get something to look like what I had imagined it. You just can't help but get a smile across your face. Continue working at it and I'm sure you will have many more moments like this
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    I can't wait to do the same- congrats mate.
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    Great story -- keep it up!!
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    Congrats.
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    Congrats sir. I hope to join the ranks some day.
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    Great to see someone else having fun playing with development stuff! I think if you leave your phone disconnected or off debug mode, the emulator will pop up so you can test on that instead.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks!

    Do you have any recommendations of books to read or to reference. I have been coding in Basic, Assembler, VB, Fortran, Pascal, C, Lisp, html and Javascript. But those are pretty much direct language insert square block into square hole and I got out before the objects took over. I used to write some decent SIO programs mostly for mini's (Data General, Wang, AS400 etc) to PC, linking and serial communication apps. I wrote a COGO program to interface in AutoCad once, just so I could say I did. LOL I think I should have my head examined.

    So for the interested dabbler, what do you recommend for a book? I asked this over on the X forums but I think for DEV this will be "The Place".

    Thanks!
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    I saw this post earlier and maybe it might help.

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