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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-08-2016, 04:07 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey all,

I am interested in starting to program a mobile app - can anyone give me any pointers of where to start?


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 12:24 AM
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Visual Studio 2015 can be downloaded for free and supports cross-platform development in C++ and JavaScript.
https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/features/mobile-app-development-vs.aspx

If you are creating an app for Android and iOS, and you haven't used C++ or JavaScript or any of the libraries for mobile app development, you will probably make something simple enough that you can write it once and use VisualStudio to produce the app for each platform. If you are producing complex apps, you should probably write the app twice, once for each platform, to ensure you get the best performance and avoid issues.
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You might to give Xamarin a try. It is a Microsoft software which works very well with visual studio. Moreover, I believe learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript will allow you to create applications which are cross platform. Again sign up for Microsoft Virtual Academy, they have tons of tutorials there. Also check Channel 9.
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Would you guys recommend an app like Basic4Android? https://www.b4x.com/b4a.html

I'm somewhat fluent in VBA and .net so it looks like it's right up my ally.
I tried Eclipse years ago but unfortunately I couldn't get my head around Java

I'd be a lot more comfortable with this program and willing to pay for it, but just wanted to hear other people's opinions of it

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I'm not a mobile app developer per se, I have created a basic Android app with only login capabilities / activity & fragment switching just for my own knowledge. However I've worked for a couple companies now that do app development.

My last company tried to use Xamarin for a while. They found that the documentation wasn't very accurate at times. They also found that they did not keep up with the newest iOS and Android versions at an adequate rate. Eventually they switched to native development for Android and iOS, with a shared REST api.

Take that as you will, I personally found creating simple Android apps to be somewhat easy. I didn't really know Java too well but the Android Studio IDE (Intellij) makes it very easy to pick up. I know nothing of Basic4Android, but I can imagine like other attempts to use other languages to build another language's apps, the implementation is likely not complete. At least in the case of Xamarin, the hassle of the framework outweighed the hassle of learning another language. And if you know one programming language, they generally aren't too much different.

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Thanks man. I'll give Android Studio a go. I'm starting to feel like I gave up too quick on the first go round

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Thanks man. I'll give Android Studio a go. I'm starting to feel like I gave up too quick on the first go round

Yep don't give up. I gave up before when it was Eclipse based (a couple years ago).

I found the most annoying part was working with the XML layouts (the view editor thing). It feels like if HTML got drunk and started eating paint. The actual programming behind it made a lot of sense after a few tutorial videos that explain the structure of Android apps.

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