When I decided to develop apps for Android back in August, I really wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I read five books on Android development and everything seemed easy enough, but as most know, reading and “doing” are not always the same. I started trying some examples from the books in early September and quickly discovered that all is not as it appears. Most of the sample code worked, but a lot of it didn’t. Troubleshooting what should be bug free code became the norm. I wasn’t totally surprised, but I was definitely disappointed. After getting my feet wet, work began on my first app, Yellow Pad List. There were many challenges to overcome and many late nights trying to figure out how to make things work, but nothing was so complicated that it couldn’t be researched and implemented. Good thing there is all that helpful information on the Internet. Six weeks later and my first free app is up in the Android Market.
I’m going to be honest here and say that while I’m incredibly excited to be launching a new app, I’m somewhat apprehensive about how well it will fare on all the different handsets that are out there. It works perfectly fine in the emulator and on the handsets I’ve tested, but who knows what Android quirkiness I’ve been unable to test. I’ve got my fingers crossed that things go well.