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Android Basics – How to setup Android Development Environment

Now that you got some idea about the Android Platform, let us look at the tools and development environment Android provides.

Android provides an Integrated platform to help Create, Build, Test and Package Apps.

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Android Basics – Tell me about Android Platform Components

In the last Lesson we provided an overview of the Android App.

Moving on let’s look at the Android Platform Components.

To start with Applications are what you interact with. Like the Contacts Application.

Application Frameworks allow access to Android Libraries and Core Components using set of API’s. Like Content Provider framework which let’s us write database access code.

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Android Basics – What is an Android App

Ok, so I guess you have figured out Why you want to learn more about Android platform. If not I will suggest you read my earlier post.

What is Android

Android is a Mobile Platform and one of the most Popular one. It’s an Open Source platform built on Linux.

So when you buy an Android Smartphone it means your device will be managed and controlled by the Android platform which is a set of Software Libraries.

Tell me something about Android Apps – Like the ones I download from the Google Play Store

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Why Java ? Do I need to know Java before starting Android Development

Congratulations if you know Java !!

If not I will recommend that you learn Java basics before learning App development using Android.

Why

I will explain the reasons for the same but in short – you will be coding in Java to create Android Apps.

Reasons

You might be aware that Android framework uses Java as the Programming language.

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Planning to learn Android App Development – Why I started programming in Android

Because knowing the “Why” is quite important.

If you google for Android App development you will find millions of resources to learn from. Most of them are good and share valuable stuff.

But I think there is something missing. And that something can determine how well you learn Android to build great Apps.

What’s Missing?

That something which majority of online blogs and tutorials don’t address is the “WHY” to learn. Some of them do talk about the Android Market and the opportunities.

While some of them jump right in and start to talk about Android’s history. That might work for you but from my experience before learning any new skill it’s important to question “Why I want to learn this.. ?”.

If you can explain the WHY of things then that makes a huge difference to People’s Motivation. They understand Purpose. Process of Learning and how it should be. Make it interesting. – Elon Musk

Here is Elon Musk discussing the same WHY at Khan Academy.

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=vDwzmJpI4io&start=2171.64&end=2388.81&cid=7818654

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