+Google Developer Groups
get mentioned in +All About Android
Yesterday I sent an email to the always entertaining +All About Android
podcast, suggesting GDGs as a venue for learning how to develop Android apps, with a reference to the recent #devstudyjam
community effort. I threw in a quick recording of me reading the email... and they played it! What fun to make an appearance alongside +Jason Howell
, +Ron Richards
, and +Ron Amadeo
Ron and Jason also had a good post-email discussion about the value of getting together and learning with other people in real life, which nicely captured the spirit of GDGs (and Linux User Groups and tech meetup culture in general). Thanks AAA!
Here's the email if you're not into seeing my face / listening to my voice :)
Dear Jason, Ron, and esteemed guests:
I'm a systems librarian in Sudbury, Ontario (Canada!), and I've been a listener since episode one.
One of the show topics that comes up from time to time is "How does somebody learn how to develop Android apps?". As the founder of our local Google Developer Group (GDG), I have a biased answer: you get together with other people and learn with them! In our case, we've been holding monthly meetings for over two years, and while not every meeting focuses on Android development, there's always some hands-on activity or development subject to sink your teeth into. You can find a list of GDGs all around the world at https://developers.google.com
-- click on the "Communities" button and we'll be listed at the very top.
For learning Android development specifically, many GDGs ran a "Dev Study Jam" through February and March. This was a group learning exercise where we used the +Udacity
*Android Fundamentals* course (http://udacity.com/course/viewer#!/c-ud853
), which was created by Googlers such as Reto Maier and Katherine Kuan, as the basis of weekly meetings: one module per week. Each week we would review and discuss the hurdles we ran into in the previous module and prepare for the coming week's work. It was a great way to stay motivated, and while I've contributed patches to open source Android apps in the past, for the first time I feel like I have a complete
understanding of how to develop Android apps all the way from the data layer through to the creation of responsive, accessible user interfaces. And all of the materials are available for free!
So, two takeaways: be social and find (or start!) a GDG near you; and consider some of the freely available online courses to get a comprehensive intro to Android development.
Hope this helps, and many thanks for a great show,
P.S. I've created a video voicemail at http://youtu.be/bNj9KG5rqDc
with the content of this email, in case you want a listener's voice and/or face (aargh!) in the show