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My experience learning android with kotlin from web development background

These last few months have been fun and challenging for me, i started learning “how to create an android app” with my background as a web developer. After stay in my comfort zone (HTML, CSS, JS and backend server) for around 5 years, i finally made my decision to accept this challenge.

I turned to google to get my head around android development. There are already some sweet technology that can make me comfortable, like Nativescript(using Vue.JS), React-native(React.js), and so on, which enabling web technology to be used to create android app (sidenote: iphone app too!). But after digging a bit more information from some people or company who already used this technology, i can see some issues, like speed, stability, and so on can be a problem in this “early stage”.

So i came back to the root, which is Java. Saw some java code, meh.. not fun! Don’t get me wrong, i learned a lot about programming through Java (much respect and love), but to use it nowadays, i don’t think i can handle it. It’s just look too old and complicated for me. Luckily, Kotlin comes to rescue!

Kotlin is also official language for android app just like java, which means you don’t need to worry about speed or stability., since It’s the native language for android device.

After deciding which language to learn, now we can move to the learning resource. Me myself, i use udacity is the main source, the course is taught by professionals in a fun way and … for free!

Even thought some resources are available, that doesn’t mean the learning itself will be easy, even for me who already have some programming background. Building android app is very different with web development. Some code looks very redundant and unnecessary to write. Every time i do something, I always wonder if there are an easier way to do this. Yes, it works, but the code doesn’t looks clean at all.

I hope in the next few years, the android app will become easier to learn and more fun for us as developer


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