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Questions about difficulty of an android APP idea, and some other questions

Mike Swiss
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Super beginner here, new to java, (althought I may have programmed "Hello World" in every computer language), have a few questions.

I want to get into android app development. One of the first apps I would like to make when I am knowledgeable enough is the following: An app that I could have an icon in my pulldown menu from the top that would change the date forward one day with the first click, then resetting it back to the current date time of the phone with the next click, and then resetting each time to the date forward click (or push, whatever ;-) )

So a few questions about that. Firstly, is the possible in java? Or is it another language? Second, On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being beginner, how hard would it be for a new programmer to accomplish this task? Third, if it couldn't be in the pull down menu of android, perhaps make it an actual application button that doesn't really pop open anything, just does what I stated, or maybe a verification notification like "Date Change Confirmed" or what not?

Also one unrelated question, as far as a compiler, which is the most popular around here, Netbeans? Eclipse? I've tooled around with Eclipse a little.

Thanks for any help regarding this, look forward to bothering you all a lot in the near future.

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Mike Swiss
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Whoops, I clicked resolved, thinking someone had resolved it, how do I undo that action? Doh. :/


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I have unresolved the topic.

In general, please ask separate questions in separate topics.

Eclipse and Netbeans are not compilers, they are IDEs. You should avoid IDEs until you are comfortable with compiling and running from the command line.


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Jesper de Jong
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Mike Swiss wrote:An app that I could have an icon in my pulldown menu from the top that would change the date forward one day with the first click, then resetting it back to the current date time of the phone with the next click, and then resetting each time to the date forward click (or push, whatever ;-) )

That is probably possible, however normally Android keeps the date and time of the phone synchronized with a server on Internet, so I wonder what the use of such an app would be. Why would you want to set the date a day forward?

Mike Swiss wrote:Firstly, is the possible in java? Or is it another language? Second, On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being beginner, how hard would it be for a new programmer to accomplish this task? Third, if it couldn't be in the pull down menu of android, perhaps make it an actual application button that doesn't really pop open anything, just does what I stated, or maybe a verification notification like "Date Change Confirmed" or what not?

Java is the language that's normally used for programming Android apps. On a scale of 1 to 10, that's ofcourse very subjective and hard to say. If you've never programmed anything before, you'll most likely discover that programming is not super easy to learn. Besides the Java programming language you'd need to become familiar with the Android programming environment.

I don't know which version of Android you are using (for example, do you have a Samsung phone with Samsung's TouchWiz interface? Or some other brand phone with a manufacturer-specific interface?), but the pull-down menu at the top is normally used for notifications. It's not the standard place where you start apps. It's for notifications; short messages that tell the user for example that there's a new e-mail, etc. That's where a message like "Date Change Confirmed" would appear.

Mike Swiss wrote:Also one unrelated question, as far as a compiler, which is the most popular around here, Netbeans? Eclipse? I've tooled around with Eclipse a little.

Start on the Android developer website. You can download the Android development tools there, including an IDE which is Eclipse with some special Android tools. Other IDEs support Android development as well. I prefer IntelliJ, and Google is going to change their standard tools to an IntelliJ-based IDE in the future: Android Studio.

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