i want to learn how to develop apps

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  1. mdhuber25

    mdhuber25 New Member

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    is there a good resource that everyone recommends to get me going? either a website, a program, or just to DL the dev kit and toy around, whatever. i dont have any development or programming experience, i just want to start teaching myself. any tips would be appreciated, i just want a point in the right direction.
     
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    Bumping this out of curiosity

    (please don't be one of those that floods the market with crappy apps that look awful or porn viewing applications, i am starting to hate the open market)
     
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    i got my droid not too long ago (maybe a month back) and love it. so many more options than blackberry OS and more open than iphone OS. but as customizable as it is, there are little things that bother me that would make the UI perfect for me and have yet to be developed, or at the very least i cant find them. like, i would love to have a simple note taking app with a large widget interface, like writing on a legal pad. i'd love for it to take up the whole screen or maybe half the screen. i'd love to have a good speed dial application, something as easy as creating a contact shortcut on the home screen but that takes up less space; if there's a way, i'd love to have more than 4 contacts on a row and maybe a long press option to choose between texting and calling. i dont know, i just want to be able to know how to put stuff together for whatever issues i may encounter, you know?
     
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    thanks erron, checking it out now :)
     
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    I use colornote, you described it almost perfectly, it does not have a widget but it's full screen and easy to use.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
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    Oh shoot, I had an app back in January that did exactly that, I think you could have up to 16 icons in the space of what would normally be for, I rack my brain to try and remember, or maybe someone can help me out with the name :)
     
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    I think your talking about the app More Icons.
     
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    wow that icon app is awesome, thanks yodes and rcfx. im going to toy around with the free version before committing to the paid version.
     
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    Developing apps is going to require commitment. It'll take you months (at least) to become proficient enough with Java to build an app people will want to use.

    Do you know what an "object" is? How about "class"? What about "inheritance"?

    Sun Microsystems is your friend. Better get busy!
     
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    First you need to get your environment setup ... Eclipse IDE, Android SDK, ADT plugin for Android, etc.

    The Android Developers blog does an okay job of describing the process, but it's convoluted and has a couple of repetitive tasks due to the order they define. Greg and I identified an optimal path through the process that is straight forward and describes everything click by click:

    How to Setup Android Development Environment | Android Code Monkey

    Once you have your environment setup you can hit this post to apply a darker theme to Eclipse:

    Applying Themes to Eclipse | Android Code Monkey

    From there you'll find a couple of tutorials on his blog. O'Reilly media is hosting a FREE development tutorial beginning this month. It will walk through the creation of a Twitter app. I bought their 1st series and am going through the ~12 hours of video now. They're done very, very well.

    Developing Android Applications with Java, Part 1

    Part 2 hasn't "aired" yet, but they have it in their store for purchase. The class can be take FREE! Training - O'Reilly Media

    Developing Android Applications with Java, Part 2

    Hope to see some of you there!

    Bill M
     
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    The OP has no programming experience whatsoever. I think he/she is far from the point of being able to learn from watching how other Android apps are made.

    Seriously, OP, you should go to your local bookstore, find a comfortable seat, and flip through a "Java for Dummies" or something. Without knowing the basics, even Google's Android Developer site will seem like pig latin. Having the Eclipse IDE is worthless if you don't know the foundations of Java.
     
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