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Developing an Android App – My new hobby

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Time is precious… I’m not wasting any of it… 

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I had coded my first app.  However, I did this using App Inventor and it was very simple and basic.  However, now that I have grown comfortable using git/GitHub, I have become inspired to work on my app and make it look like something that I would not mind putting my name on.  To do this, I am in the process of watching the 8 hours of Android SDK/ADT tutorial on lynda.com.  My app is pretty simple and I already have the Java coded out for it, so right now my existing App will be my guinea pig for using the Android Developer Tools.

At first glance…

Everything is super intimidating.  There are so many things to click on that my mind is swimming with all of the options to click on.  But as any other thing I do in my life, to learn/master something big I have to take it one day at a time and start at the very beginning.  Therefore, I am starting with the lynda.com tutorial.  If anything, my App may not be Play Store ready when I’m finished, but it WILL be far better than what it is now.  I’ll be happy if I simply have a useful tool for myself to use!

Ideas are swimming through my head…

I’ve spent the last few weeks in search of a Productivity App that has specific features and every one I stumble across, they have some of the features but not all of them.  In the very back of my mind, dwells an idea of a long term project that I can build upon, which will be a productivity app that fits all of my random criteria.  I am not ready to take on this task yet of course [especially considering that this app will need to be on iOS for me to personally take advantage of all of the benefits].  However, it is great to wrap my head around the fact that one day, I will be able to simply write the codes for something that I can use personally.  Before embarking on this adventure to change my future, I only daydreamed about working on some big project or game for a big corporation.  It finally clicked that one day I will be able to simply work on a project/app/software that I can use solely for my own enjoyment, customized just for me.  This prospect makes this endeavor even more rewarding… imagine that.

First git… next up, the world…

I will use my new found git powers to track my progress and keep me accountable to working on my projects every day.  My ultimate goal is to keep learning and to improve and get better.  The sky is the limit and as long as I put forth the effort, I know that I can obtain each of my goals [which seem to be changing each day that I learn something new].

Shhhhh…

I chose the picture above for this post because it is indicative of how dirty I feel coding android on my Mac lol.  I’m kidding of course, but when I saw this picture on dribble.com, I had to use it today to talk about my experiences with the Android Developer Tools.

Until next time, BE positive, BE unique, BE excellent!

 
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