Becoming an Android developer is quite easy but becoming a successful android developer isn’t. It takes a lot of hard work, passion, dedication, and perseverance to become a good android developer.
Below are some tips which may help you to find yourself a better android developer.
1. Go to Android Official Developer Website at least Twice a Week
As an android developer, you must search out the android official developer website to keep yourself up to date. This is very important to go through all content on that website so in the future when you stack somewhere you can go back to the website to get off your problem.
2. Try Kotlin
Kotlin has been announced the official first language of android by Google since 2017. Most of the companies are working on Kotlin instead of Java, so it is very important for you to learn Kotlin. On the android developer website, there are examples in both Kotlin and Java languages.
You can try the Kotlin tutorial for android development on Kotlin’s official websites also which is well documented and easy to learn for beginners also.
3. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
Android is very big, you have to understand that you can not learn android in one or two months. It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to become a successful android developer.
As a beginner, it’s normal to be afraid that you’re missing out on learning crucial information by trying to build things while still you are in a state of great ignorance, but try to get over it.
To find out the things which you need for your current application and then try to explore those things.
4. It’s Important to Know About Material Design
The same rule applies here as well. You should go through the whole website of material design to understand how it works. Do not miss this one as it’s an important aspect of android application development.
5. Read Others Code
Most developers don’t take time to read how other developers are writing their code and they spend most of their time writing what they already know. But that will not help you to become a better developer.
The only way to truly become a better developer is to read the excellent code of more experienced developers or your seniors.
You should start looking at other open-source apps and libraries like GitHub, where you’ll find a lot of coding techniques and feature implementations that you had no idea about before.
6. Use Android Studio IDE instead of Eclipse
Android Studio IDE can do much more than your expectation, there are so many extra features compared to the eclipse. Android studio has the feature of drag and drops while eclipse does not, this feature makes programming so easy.
The size of the android studio is less than eclipse which also helps you to hassle-free work on the system. The Gradle build system of Android Studio comes across as more advanced and offers greater conveniences for developers compared to Apache Ant for the eclipse.
7. It’s Better to Use Google
Google is your true friend when you start learning any concept or building a project. There are so many solutions to one problem in the developer community like Stackoverflow when you stack somewhere to try to find out a solution on google, it will definitely help you.
Google will help you find useful libraries for your project and guide you on how to use them. So if you are a beginner try to spend more time on google to find out how to solve a problem when you actually face it.
8. Reverse Engineering
As a beginner, you should spend more time exploring the work of other developers. Try to get a sample code of other good developers and then try to read it. Try to understand how they write logic and can you implement them in your project or not.
9. Watch Tutorial Videos
It is more convenient to learn from the video instead of a book. This way, you can see what the instructor is doing and can follow the same. You can find thousands of tutorials related to android app development.
Don’t try to just watch video while you should do practice also after a certain amount of time by pausing the video you can type code in your learning playground project.
10. Don’t Overthink & Be Realistic
Thinking about something before starting to work on it is good, very good, actually, but overthinking and overanalyzing lead to unnecessary confusion, delay, demotivation, and anxiety.
Only concentrate on your current project and try to learn a few more things besides this slowly and if needed try to implement newly learned things in your project.
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