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    I want to learn to build an android app

    I have done a bit of searching but fell a bit overwhelmed by all the info.

    I want to try and make a basic android app. I have set myself the eventual task of creating a photo slideshow app that pulls pics from something like picasa but obviously need to learn the basics first.

    Any advice about how I get started, what software should I use to create the app in?

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    Have you looked at the official tutorials and SDK from Google? I found them very helpful in getting going. The SDK is just Eclipse repackaged, if you already use Eclipse you'll probably be better installing just the 'ADT' (Android Developer Tools) plugin on your existing Eclipse install.

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    Tutorials: Getting Started | Android Developers
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    ADT: Setting Up an Existing IDE | Android Developers
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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    Any advice about how I get started, what software should I use to create the app in?
    Adobe PhoneGap might be an idea - write in HTML / Javascript (with JavaScript APIs to access underlying phone features, not just what you get through a standard web browser) and run on multiple platforms (Android, iOS, etc).

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    Getting Started | Android Developers

    Android is pretty much a stolen Java so most of the fundementals are the same, which gives more available training to get you started. Java Trails (tutorials) are pretty good.

    If you don't know any oo concepts I'd start with learning the fundemental design patterns from GOF (Gang of Four) some basic descriptions at Design Patterns - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Obviously the best way to learn is jump in, Eclipse + ADT is pretty good these days and much easier to setup than it used to be. You could use something like AIDE on android which is good for on the go changes, don't know I'd want to use it on a phone but good for sitting playing around on a tablet.

    I done some basic android development, as I was previously a Java Developer but couldn't think of unique app to write to make me a millionaire

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    Have you tried Android Studio?

    I downloaded and working my way on using that, I think its still a beta but lots of good features

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    Thanks for all the advice. I will look at all your suggestions when I get a chance.
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