Good or bad experiences developing apps lately? What are you learning about the dev process?
Me and my friend had an awesome phone app idea at the weekend, I thought I'd try my hand at developing an Android application this week.I want to give a quick overview of my preliminary thoughts on getting started on this endeavour. Background: I've got more than 10 years Java experience, but any UI for the applications I've worked on was always a web UI. I am completely new to mobile app develop.
I spent maybe a day and a half watching the excellent Android development tutorials and attempting to hack out a quick 'droid app.I remember the disaster of trying to get my first JDK working on my 486 - what a nightmare! And getting Tomcat 3 installed and running? Forget it. I also remember the last time I made a serious stab at a learning a new technology. I tried develop a Grails/Groovy application in Eclipse. The IS guys had to rescue my laptop from me during that enterprise before I could do it any serious damage.Installing the SDK on my mac was surprisingly simple, especially bearing in mind I'm new both to OSX and to mobile development. I don't know if it's because Android development has been well thought out and well supported, or if it's a function of both the industry's maturity and my own experience.
The integration with IntelliJ was much slicker than I expected, especially since I'm using the freebie Community edition. I don't remember the exact steps to tell it I wanted to create an Android project, but it must have been ridiculously easy otherwise I would remember the trauma. I do remember a little confusion around installing the Android platform - I hadn't understood the difference between installing the SDK and then installing a specific API for it. And then when I clicked the "run" button in IntelliJ, hey presto! The emulator appeared and there was my app!
I have a need to port a very simple console-only C language program to Android.
I assume there is a simple "terminal" application for Android this could use. Any recommandations?
The program is used on a single device only, so I would prefer to compile a binary for the particular processor instead of porting the whole thing to Java.
All comments on the practicality of this undertaking are welcomed.