Aki Mohan wrote:Hey Ted, thanks for the input mate. I'm planning to start reading about Android Programming and at the same time I'm looking to get a stronghold in Java. BTW how's your preparation going on? I'm sure you're gonna do awesome in the exam
My preparation is going well I suppose. I am getting better and better with Java SE 7. I am lucky to have the time and resources to study right now. It would be much nicer if my brain was absorbing these concepts faster though of course.
I am going to take the exam soon while I have time and see if I can use smart test
taking strategies and all of my accumulated java knowledge to hopefully at least obtain a 80-89 score. I may be pushing it to take the test this early but I think I have somewhat of a chance so I am going to try.
That is cool you are going to program some Android. I found it fun and interesting. Plus, you can easily release the app to Google Play
store for sale or for free. You will find also that you can use all the core classes from the SE JDK - at least this is what I assume from my limited Android experience. Using classes from the package java.lang like the String
class, Math class, and Arrays or even java.util.ArrayList is possible in addition to the added classes of the Android API. I recommend the Android Application Development for Dummies
book by Donn Felker - even though you are not a dummy (It is a great low pressure read). There are excellent tutorials that explain how to install Eclipse with Android emulators, how to install the Android SDK as well as how to build full functioning apps that can run on an emulator or actual Android smartphone by creating .apk files, which are Android executable files that run on the Dalvik Virtual Machine (VM) that Android uses. All of the software is free since Java is pretty much open-source - even the Android emulators that can emulate a wide array of tablets and handsets.
Thanks for the question and update.