I am a dev who mostly uses the Microsoft stack (C#/Silverlight/WPF/ASP MVC/.net framework) Although I am adding HTML5/CSS3/shivs/jQuery when using ASP.net MVC.
I have the opportunity to do some Android mobile phone work but am unsure if/how my current skillset would apply.
Anyone out there made this crossover transition? What new skillset is involved? What IDE development software would I need?
Thanks everyone for pointing me in a good directions! As a result, I took a couple of hours to check out Eclipse & the Android sdk plugin. So far, I find many comforting similarities between android and the MS stack that I’m used to.
These are my discoveries (maybe help some noobs like me!):
--The Eclipse+AndroidSDK development environment is complete, understandable and is very much like visual studio.
--Java is very “c#-like”.
--Android separates the code (.java) from the layout markup (.xml).
--Android’s layout markup is very much like silverlight.
--Android has built-in basic controls with basic styling.
--Android has some really useful built-in widgets! (I’m guessing it accepts custom add-in widgets also?)
--Android Activities are like c# classes: methods/local properties + class-wide properties. Create instance & use them.
--Activity lifecycles are understandable: Overrides -- onCreate(), onStart(), onResume(), onStop(), onRestart(), onDestroy().
--Android connects user events with event-handlers through the use of Listeners.
--Android uses a lot of “magic string” references in both .xml and .java (Oh-noooooo!)
--Found a great YouTube series “android tutorial & lessons” by CornBoyzAndroid (more than 30 informative episodes!)
--Android does try/catch/finally for error catching similarly to c#
I’m still exploring, and I’m sure I’ll find answers to my further questions, like:
--How does android deal with remote and local data? (database access, local storage, Linq).
--How does android do asynchronous or long-lasting work? (callbacks, polling, sockets).
--I see android exposes threading…possibly useful, but I need more info.
--Does android have frameworks like MVVM or MVC and what about unit testing?
Again, thanks everyone for your help!!! -- Mark