Since last summer, I have been enrolled in Udacity’s Android Nanodegree program (co-created with Google). It is a 9-12 month project-based journey for Java developers. It has definitely helped me take my software development skills to higher levels as I prepare to work full-time as an Android developer. One of many things that I love about the program is the community aspect. I find that developers, whether on Stack Overflow or in my Android developer community- are more than eager to help each other and share knowledge, as well as show enthusiasm about one another’s creativity and accomplishments. I love the idea of open source as well. This camaraderie is actually something that I would have liked to see more of in my academic experience as a lecturer in political science and international relations.
Currently, I’m on my next to last project, which is developing an Android wear watch face for an app and syncing the data. After that, I begin work on my capstone app, which will be published in the Google Play Store. I’ve decided to create an app focused on outdoor activities in and around Silverton, Oregon – where I reside. I’m looking forward to it. It will be in the Play Store in mid-summer. I’ll be blogging about the research process for my app over the next couple of months.
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