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Hi
I have worked as a software developer for 2 years. I want to switch to android/iOS application development since I'm interested in it and knows the basics of it (java and Objective C). I'm planning to take this course on Mobile application development . Will my experience as software developer be considered when I apply for a job as a mobile developer? Or will I be starting as a fresher?
 
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Welcome to CodeRanch Emma.

It's hard to say what employers will and won't consider when starting out.
However there are a few things that you can do which will help you out such as:
  • Publish code to some place like GitHub.
  • Publish to the Apple or Android stores.
  • Be active in the forums, there are many to choose from aside from this site.

  • Now regarding your course, almost any programming experience will help you with learning any new programming language/environment.
    On the site you linked to the price and the duration of the course was not listed for whatever reason.

    Here are a few other things to consider:
  • Many of the new Android development projects are starting to use Kotlin and you can use Kotlin and Java in the same project.
  • As far as I know (I could be wrong) you can only compile an Objective C application for iOS using a Mac/Apple computer.
      - You can create Android programs using Mac/Apple systems.
  • Udacity partnered with Google for Android development certification and Udacity has Android development courses (some free).
       - They may also have some iOS development courses.
  • If you are interested in mobile game development then you should experiment/learn Unity.
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    Emma,
    Somewhere in between. You won't be considered as having two years with mobile apps. But you also won't be considered brand new. Which means you need to be responsible for your learning.
     
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    Software development is software development. There are all kinds of development, and while they have there differences, the underlying concepts and processes are equal if not similar. Wheather your a mobile developer or web app developer, they will consider it within software development experience. But you'll probably have to prove that you know mobile dev and not just whatever your transitioning from.
     
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    Pete Letkeman wrote:

  • As far as I know (I could be wrong) you can only compile an Objective C application for iOS using a Mac/Apple computer.
      - You can create Android programs using Mac/Apple systems.



  • yes, is needed Apple. also I guess there are some workarounds if one cannot afford mac
     
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    Hi, Emma. I don't know your exact situation so it can be different for you. But a friend of mine switched to mobile app development from QA and helpdesk. He learned a lot things online and attended a few courses before that. So when he applied for a new position, an HR manager said this experience is quite better than no experience.
     
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    I think you should try getting some internship as you just have a general idea about mobile development but software development is software development so they cannot take away the experience from you. I hope you can do what you really like and are interested in. Don't worry, You will do fine. I found the rest of the comments very helpful as well.
     
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