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Android development uplift

Mike Bates
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What is the uplift to take a mid-level J2EE developer to become an Android developer? Are development environments similar and the APIs like enough to make the leap without a large learning curve?

I know the interaction with serial devices at the desktop level can be pain (such as a GPS,) is the interaction/integration easier on the Android?

Thanks
Mike

robi sen
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“What is the uplift to take a mid-level J2EE developer to become an Android developer? Are development environments similar and the APIs like enough to make the leap without a large learning curve? “
I would say that if you know Java very well the learning curve is pretty shallow. At work one very senior Java developer was able to make a very sophisticated Android Video player, with no previous Android experience, in a couple of weeks. He also made several other Android apps including a mapping application. He might be an exception but other Java developers at my work usually stumble with security permissions, the Android intent model, and a few other items but then quickly become productive.

“I know the interaction with serial devices at the desktop level can be pain (such as a GPS,) is the interaction/integration easier on the Android? “
Not 100% if you are asking about how hard is it to work with sensors such as GPS from Android or how hard it is to use sensors via a desktop and the Android emulator. If you just mean how hard is it to access sensors from Android I would say it is pretty trivial.
Mike Bates
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Joined: Sep 19, 2009
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robi,

Thanks for the response. For a development environment I am guessing that Eclipse or Netbeans will work for development environments and there is nice test platform for the application.

Have a good one.

Mike
Michael Rivera
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Joined: Dec 31, 2007
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It doesn't matter as long as you know Java that is fine.

i came from a software engineer position doing j2ee and eventually mobility but chosen android as the one for me!


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