Friday, March 11, 2016

Android developer road

So, I'm going through a quick Android developer course. The main target is to learn how to provide the best Android apps with minimal effort. Assumption is we all know Java ;-)

The start

A good starting point is:

I don't recommend to read it all at the beginning. I would suggest:
Others as needed, Best Practices for Interaction and Engagement ( also helps.

The above gives you a rough overview. The real stuff comes in API Guides ( I do recommend to read the first three sections:
This gives you a high level overview of how the Android works.

The lifecycle

You basically should have it at your desk. You will use it often. It's been reported to have some inaccuracies but it's still better than the Google provided simplified version.


Google provides two interesting codelabs:
If you have to provide some early results quickly, skip above readings and just do the codelab.

Other must-to-know

Butterknife - - saves you lot of boilerplate with binding view elements to variables.
Android ContentProvider Generator - it will save you a lot of time on boilerplate code -
Mosby - - if you go with MVP this is must to use.
Dagger - dependency injection framework -

And when you consider which Android version to support, check:
Android stats Dashboard - gives an overview of the Android version distribution -