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Android Developer Essentials

Simple, effective, and eventually, highly lucrative

Take one look at the statistics for the sheer volume of Android devices in the world, and you’ll be hard pressed to predict stagnation in the Android App development job market. The demand is high, and if your motivation is high too, there will be a numerous opportunities in startups, agencies, and other organizations. But if you’re bent on making good on your potential, it is advisable to procure a set of well-defined certification programs to prove yourself to potential employers.

Key of course, is to make sure you stand out from the rest. One way of achieving this is by catering to a target audience. If you’re going to set on the path of building apps for businesses or consumers, then you will have to contend with entirely different sets of requirements and user expectations.

Android Studio

The most common IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Android development is Android Studio, which can be obtained from Google, and the software will enable you to program in most languages. Besides giving you the main UI for you to enter your code, it also partakes in helping you identify things you get wrong, offering suggestions, and allowing you to run and test your creations at your own convenience. To add to this convenience, it provides basic layouts, creates the files you’ll need and overall just lets you save time and effort.

Along with the studio, comes the SDK and the Virtual Device, which will help you eventually test your apps. What’s great about this package, is that it is designed with only Android development in mind, unlike it’s other popular alternative, Eclipse.

Get started on something

Where the excitement lies, of course, is picking what type of device you’re going to be developing for, and it’s advisable to start off with something straightforward, and with ‘minimum SDK’, just so you support as many versions as possible, meaning going with the default.

If you don’t want to start with something of your own just yet, you can always contribute to Open Source Projects, which suffice to say, can vastly improve one’s pedigree with potential employers.

“Contributing to Open Source Android projects makes a job candidate stand out to me. Contributing to open source projects is valuable for several reasons. First, it shows an interest in the field. Second, it is a tangible piece of work that can be reviewed.” – Thadd Selden, CTO of a New York based digital firm.

What hiring managers look for

“When I hire Android developers, I go through several steps. At first, I start by seeking to understand the candidate’s technical knowledge and experience. Later in the process, i ask to complete an assignment and send their code to me. This exercise is valuable for two reasons; I get to see how they think about software and see evidence of their coding skills.” – Jim Wilson, author of Creating Dynamic UI with Android Fragments.

Self starters in the industry stand out without a doubt, but understanding Android apps in the business context is also paramount. Plenty of businesses out there monitor business and technology metrics in order to further understand their customers i.e using tools such as Crashlytics to wrap one’s head around the nature of crashes and to help implement relevant and efficient solutions.

If you’re taking a more pragmatic approach with the start of your career by targeting smaller organisations, it is key to note that they have different approaches to developer talent. For their specific set of needs, they’d be looking at developers who are versatile i.e developers with Java and C# skills.

At the end of the day,

it really is the simple things that truly matter in the long run. Immersing yourself in a wealth of opportunities to network, job hunting with hunger, and attending various events primed for Android apps developers will give one plenty of exposure to cutting-edge developments in the field, as well as the privilege of bouncing ideas and positive vibes off fellow developers.


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