How I learned Android Development

Published Nov 29, 2017
How I learned Android Development

About me

I'm Ace Falobi. When I was still a toddler I always liked to spend time on the computer and just explore what was on it. By the time I was 9, I had already learned how to wipe a computer, crash a computer and soon, how to fix a computer all by myself. I started learning how to program websites with basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript when I was 10 and have been programming, mainly in web development ever since

Why I wanted to learn Android Development

I first got introduced to Android programming during the summer of 2012. A particular company (MTN) was having a contest where contestants had to create an application on the Android platform. I was interested in participating, but I didn't know the first thing about Android development as I had been mainly focused on web development and some desktop programming. So I started the task of learning Android programming

How I approached learning Android Development

My first step to learning Android programming (and most other frameworks and languages that I've learnt on my own) was to simply go to and type in "Learn Android programming". This method has never failed me till date. I followed the first link I saw, which was Google's own Android developer training ( After finding my learning resource, it was just a matter of being dedicated and following the resource.

Challenges I faced

The first challenge I faced was the complete change in environment. I had done some applications with JAVA and my knowledge of HTML helped me understand XML better, but I still had problems adapting to use this new form of development. I also had to start using a completely new IDE (Eclipse at the time), which was quite difficult as I had only used text editors and Netbeans sometimes. My experience with JAVA didn't really help that much, as I hadn't really gone deep into the language and had to better understand abstraction in JAVA and all the various Android classes and their inheritance. My HTML knowledge didn't do much help towards learning XML as I had to learn new kinds of attributes using "android:*"

Key takeaways

Although, I ended up not participating in the contest that led me to Android programming, this was because I got so immersed in Android development as it was much more interesting than anything I ever did on web or desktop. It was also way more rewarding because there were a lot more challenges that I could face, and a lot more that I could do. It also got better and better with all the new technologies and developments that continued and still continue to develop over

Tips and advice

I always strongly recommend Android development to my colleagues because it is one of the most interesting and satisfying areas of programming. I, however, recommend that beginners should have, at least, some background knowledge of JAVA, as I can't imagine how difficult the learning process would have been for me if I didn't have some JAVA knowledge. I also recommend starting out with Google's Android developer training at ( It gives you everything you need to know about the basics of Android programming and more. Also and will be your biggest allies in overcoming challenges

Final thoughts and next steps

All in all, learning Android programming was, and still is a blast. Even till date I'm still learning because there's just so much to do

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