Newbie: How do you start to learn how to make a droid app?

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  1. xxnonamexx

    xxnonamexx Member

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    Hi- I was curious how do you go about making a app for the droid? Any help greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. natediddy1120

    natediddy1120 Silver Member

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    Woo...to me, this is THE most complicated endeavor I have looked in too lol

    First you will need to download and install the Android SDK to your computer, then you will need a version of Eclipse and ADT. Then I'll let you figure it out from there ;)
     
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    Just checking the site it says its easy to start. Can I install it on my computer or do I need a computer just dedicated to this?
     
  4. LtKen

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    You might have more luck if you asked this in the Android App Developers Section. Maybe the mod will be nice an move it for you.

    As to the OP's question, do you have any coding experience? If I were you, I'd pull down someone's source code and see how it works. That kind of stuff gives you a great idea of what works and what doesn't work.
     
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    Android SDK is the development kit you need to create Android apps, it's the testing environment that allows you to simulate the Android OS.

    Eclipse is an IDE (development environment) that you can code in. You can code in notepad, but this program knows you're coding and tries to help you debug.
     
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    Yeah it's basically just heavy use of java code. Right everyone? I mean I am NO app dev, but I took a little online class and learned the basics mostly, and that was enough for me to end up banging my head against the WALL!!!!!!

    They made it look SO easy, but setting the sh*t up was hard enough for me, and I kept getting nothing but ERROR after ERROR on HelloWorld!

    lol I figured quickly that app development was not for me lol, maybe the OP will have better luck than I have had with all of it...

    Good luck xxnonamexx
     
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    What about Java? Is this something you need to know. I have been thinking about learning a dev language in my very limited free time. I always asummed that core Java skills were needed to successfully develop in Eclipse. OR...is eclipse just a better way of developing in Java. I am eying a couple of web tutorials...wondering which one to jump into
     
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    I've heard this is all Java, but I havent personally done any Android development.

    Eclipse is just a way to develop in Java -- depending on how you learn, it's either an easier way to learn Java (in that it helps you more) or a harder way to learn Java (in that it does stuff for you and you don't get the nitty gritty).

    I love Eclipse, but to the uninitiated, it can be intimidating and down right annoying.

    EDIT: If you want to PM me, I'm procrastinating on writing my thesis defense presentation, so I'm free to help you get off the ground with Eclipse (with non-Android code)
     
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    I didn't know you wrote a book on it unix.punkx :)

    Are you like a developer or something?
     
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