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How to become an Android developer

 
Edward abban
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Hi guys, please can anyone advise me how to commence my career as an Android developer. I have very minimal programming skills. How well do I need to know java before taking an Android course/training? Do I need to be a java programmer first before taking the Android course or what, its a bit confusing as java is huge on its own and can be a never ending journey. Will I be able to work freelance on my own in this field apart from being employed? Much appreciated
 
Keith Rainey
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Since Android development is done entirely in Java, you're going to need a working understanding of the language and concepts. Otherwise, you will have a difficult time understanding and implementing Android concepts.
Yes, Java has a lot of topics to learn. So does Android. You will need a good base in Java for the Android stuff to be meaningful, I think.


I know of no requirements for you to be associated with an employer. Part of the allure is that anyone capable of producing an Android app can distribute it. If you plan to take formal courses or purchase books or other study materials, an employer may cover the costs if the training and material will benefit them.


 
Hussein Baghdadi
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Keith Rainey wrote:Since Android development is done entirely in Java,

Not entirely correct.
Android NDK is a toolset that lets you embed components that make use of native code in your Android applications.
Android goes beyond Java, gains native C/C++ dev kit
 
Keith Rainey
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Fair enough. I stand corrected.

 
Edward abban
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Thanks alot guys. you are a helpful bunch. Am on the road to learning java now, i have some ebooks on java and have just downloaded the jdk and netbeans from the oracle website. I am looking for a good java programmer to provide me and my mate practical hands on training for a fee. I have already put up a post for the training as getting trained by a developer with good commercial experience is different to that provided by a classroom teacher. Am sure you will agree with me. Please also do recommend one preferably in London or nearly, if you don't have spare time for the training. I could be reached via email - dadzieabban@yahoo.co.uk Looking forward to java
 
Naishadh Parmar
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One more thing edward. After you learn java, it would be helpful if you go through the android Dev Guide(http://developer.android.com/guide/index.html)
 
Edward abban
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many thanks. you are all very helpful on the ranch. have a great new year.
 
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