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Thread: Is it time to start android development?

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    Default Is it time to start android development?

    I have basic knowldege of the following (in JAVA):
    • Data types and operators
    • control statements (loops,switch,do,while,for,if etc)
    • classes, objects and methods
    • arrays and strings
    • method overloading, constructors
    • inheritence(subclasses, final, abstract etc)
    • packages and interfaces
    • exception handling

    Would you say this is sufficient to start with basic android development?

    If not can you tell me the topics i should cover before starting with android?

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    Default Re: Is it time to start android development?

    The answer is "it's when you feel ready"

    If you think you are confident to give it a go now, dive in. Make something
    very simple (there are lots of tutnorials online too) and try to change it, make it
    do something different. Trial and error is a golden rule of thumb in any development.

    Other Java features you may want to look into as well are:

    * Polymorphism
    * Recursion
    * Multi-threading
    * Top down or bottom up program design
    * UML
    * Basic to Intermediate GUI in Java - Swing and AWT libraries and classes

    Of course, that is only what you 'could' look into. Android development will
    test your Java skills quite well - so be prepared for an exciting and rewarding

    Wishes Ada xx
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    Default Re: Is it time to start android development?

    I'm not sure there's a real answer to your question. I suspect that some start Android programming without any Java experience but they probably have longtime experience (YEARS) with programming in general and are very experienced and comfortable with OOP principles and their use including confidence using common graphics and GUI frameworks (which you don't mention).

    Give it a try and see what happens. If you discover you're lacking, study and practice to fill those voids.

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