The most basic building block of Android development is the programming language Java. To be a successful Android developer, you’ll need to be comfortable with Java concepts like loops, lists, variables, and control structures. Java is one of the most popular programming languages used by software developers today, so learning its ins and outs will stand you in good stead for work (back-end development anyone?) even beyond the Android platform.
Given the remarkable rise of the Android platform worldwide, we are thrilled to be announcing the industry’s first Android Nanodegree at Google I/O today. The new Nanodegree was built by Google with their curriculum, subject matter experts and developers to the standards they expect of Android developers. The Android Nanodegree, which takes 6-9 months to complete at $200 a month, will cover everything from fundamentals to advanced development skills, as well as Google Play services and Material Design.
Dmitry Mina was originally a web developer who took Android Fundamentals and took the opportunity to attended his local study jams. He’s made great strides since then. He was successfully able to transition from web development to Android developer in his current job, and was also asked to present his story at Google I/O in Kiev. Here’s how he did it.
Whenever you feel overwhelmed or bogged down by your current work or the prospect of progressing forward, or else wonder if your professional goals as a programmer have any deeper worth, bring your thoughts back to those innate skills that you flex when you’re simply slicing vegetables or choosing tools for a home improvement project, as well as the overarching benefits you can reap from operating like a programmer. Whether you haven’t yet dipped your toe in the water of programming or you’re in the thick of the learning process, know that programming isn’t nearly as scary you think: you’re already doing it without realizing it.
While the statistics for Rust seem underwhelming, support for Rust could start trending upward very fast after a version 1.0.0 release. Supporting the language is clearly a priority for Mozilla, as well as for Samsung, so once there’s a stable release, something that production-ready code can be written in, it is likely that many more individuals and companies will start to adopt the language.
I learned about Linux, learned some basic programming, first for automation, then for web development. I worked in a couple of not very successful startups, at a university developing a Linux distribution for our local schools, and then at more startups. At some point, I decided that I need to stop regretting something I can’t change anyway and have to set a new path. The new path quite accidentally led me to Udacity, but I’m happy it did.