Android Apps

About a year ago. I had an idea to try and write my own android app from scratch. So I did some research and pulled up a tutorial from the internet on how to do it. I was overwhelmed. I had just only began to understand the basics of Python, had only ever finished a real project once, and had next to no experience working with an IDE.

Despite this however, I decided to give it a go. I downloaded the Android Studio packages for Linux, sketched up some quick designs while waiting for it to download, and installed it on my computer. Little did I know that installing such a large program was not a very good idea when you are developing on a C720 Acer Chromebook with only 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, 12 of which being used up by my Linux crouton installation. I’m sure you can imagine the toll this took on my crappy laptop.

After this experience, I shied away from Android developing for quite a while, sticking to what I was better at instead of doing research into alternatives to my machine.

Until about a week ago, when I realised an old computer from school (that me and a friend had repurposed with Windows 10) had Android Studio installed on it.

So I’m now into Android developing, and overall I’m surprised by how similar it is to Visual Basic. It’s an easy and polished developing environment. I’m sort of stuck for ideas though…

– Monk36

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