So as I wrote before I have no knowlage what so ever of Java.
But I still want to develop something (Good or Bad) for the Android mobile platform.
I read online and ended up buying two books (I got them from eBay), and I must say most sites come down to what’s found on this page – Linky and I went with their recommendations as well.
First Book is Hello, Android: Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform (Pragmatic Programmers)
I’m not done with the book only 100 pages in but his writing is very simple and straight forward, the author streamlines everything nicely without missing a point, I promise to update when i’m done with the book.
Now for the second book… Wait why did I buy a second book?
For some reason everywhere you read about the books most people complain about the book not going in depth enough bla bla bla or they didn’t explain anything.
So I decided to pick two books one that should cover all my bases and get the book that everyone recommends to start with and the book that everyone complains that if you didn’t read before something else or you don’t know anything don’t buy.
So here is the second one – Professional Android 2 Application Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
I have only read 20-30 pages from the book and my thoughts are that the author is just trying to give you everything in an academic kind of way (not sure I like that) but there are a lot of code examples and the author does seem to go in depth on everything.
Again I promise I will update some more after I go through this book as well.
If you recommend any other books or have read the books I got please comment if they are worth our time…
Next, how to find documentation online for FREE (and there is A LOT)
So as I explained before one of the reasons I picked Android Development is the main cost.
Some of you Kewl people have Mac’s (MacBook’s, Mini’s, Air’s or whatnot) but unfortunately I can’t see myself spending so much money for a machine that looks good and spec’ed nicely (and can run windows) when I have PC’s all around.
So a decent working laptop with Windows for the OS should run you about $400 and up while a decent MacBook (even if on sale from micro-center) will run you $899 at minimum…
A nice desktop will run you the same amount with a monitor but will be better equipped while a MacMini or iMac will run you an arm an leg.
** Note to self, why did I sell my MacBook Pro? oh right I got an Asus G50Vt-x6 laptop, HTPC, WDTV Live and an xbox 360 **
Never mind the computer let’s not go that route as most of you have a PC or Mac that can run windows…
Next cost of the Market or iTunes store
Google charges a one time fee of $25 to sign up as an Android developer and upload applications to the Android Market.
On the other hand, Apple charges $99 (Per Year!) to sign up as an iPhone developer and allows you to upload applications to the App Store after a review process. Also, both of them take a 30% cut on all application sales.
Let’s not talk about how much the Market and iTunes Store generate as it’s not part of the scope 🙂
Growth options, I do see much more groth options with Android as iOS (in my eyes) is at a stand still, changes are minor and iOS is simple and “Vanilla” (Plain, come on do something with the square buttons….)
So as you can see cost differences between Android and Apple are not that Major if you need to buy a machine but if you have PC’s around the house we are looking at a main investment of at least $1200….. (and that’s not a small amount for most people)
Let’s get back on track, so what have I spent until now?
Two books (i’ll speak about them in a different post tomorrow) $12 and $9.5 on eBay (didn’t save much and should have gotten a format that would fit my iPad or Sony Reader but what the hell), $25 to google and the “optional” Domain and Hosting (hosting I have regardless so I won’t count that in).
So Books = $21.5 Google = $25 and domain was only $1.07 from GoDaddy (for the first year)
Right now I have some change from a $50.
Next three posts will be (Guide for Android Development environment, Books I purchased and other Revenue options like AdSense and Amazon Affiliate program)
Posted from my Dell D630 (POS) and iPad