Resources for Getting Started with Modern Android Development

 After putting together resources for the Mobile Developer Graduate Program that we run at DVT, I realised that the content I referenced could be a great guide for getting started with Android development.

It is worth noting that we have a very hands-on approach to training the graduates at DVT. We run workshops as well as practical projects to ensure our graduates have a solid understanding of Android development.

With the vast amount of content available online, when I started Android development I didn’t really know where to look or what I should be aware of when developing an app. Having a concise list like the one in this blog post would have been invaluable for me when I started out. I hope you find value in it too.

Here is a list of links, code labs and reference material that would be useful for any developer that wants to get started in the world of Android development.

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Google I/O 2017 – Highlights for the Android Developer

This year’s Google I/O 2017 was an exciting few days for developers. After last year’s complaints of long queues and no shade, Google listened and delivered a pre-booking system that ensured attendees weren’t queuing for hours. They also provided big bottles of sunscreen and more shade.  Continue reading Google I/O 2017 – Highlights for the Android Developer

Android Architecture Components – Looking at Room and LiveData – Part 1

This week at Google I/O 2017, there were a lot of new announcements for the Android Platform. One of the announcements was the new architecture guidelines for Android! This is a welcome addition to the Android platform.

Previously the Android team refrained from giving advice as to how you should structure your Android applications. For the most part this meant that anyone learning Android for the first time would just end up placing all their code into the Activity files and occasionally moving stuff into an AsyncTask if the app crashed with a NetworkOnMainThreadException. Only after trying to add unit tests and instrumentation tests would you really understand that your code you have just spent so long developing was not easy to read, make changes to or to write tests for. Continue reading Android Architecture Components – Looking at Room and LiveData – Part 1

Speaking at the App Builders Conference in Switzerland – 2017

Speaking at App Builders Switzerland this past week on Android Things was an invaluable experience, I had such a fantastic time. Besides the conference, I got to do a bit of sightseeing. I was able to take a day to explore Zermatt and experience a lot of snow! Unfortunately the Matterhorn wasn’t visible but this didn’t really bother me as I had enough fun exploring the snow topped mountains anyway.

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Android Things – Electricity Monitoring App

For those who may not know, I live in beautiful sunny South Africa (see my tweets for lots of awesome pictures). A few years ago we battled with a lack of electricity. While “load-shedding” is not so common these days, we have numerous unplanned outages. We even have a few of apps that give out schedules when the electricity is scheduled to go off in your area (see here and here). Continue reading Android Things – Electricity Monitoring App