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After two years of development, Today, Google officially released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at Android developers. You can download it right now for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Android Developer site.
Google first announced Android Studio, built on the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE, at its I/O Developer conference in May 2013. The company's pitch was very simple: This is the official Android IDE.
Given that Android Studio is only hitting 1.0 now, all the features are "new" to some extent. But Google does have specific features it wants to highlight.
First off, we have the First Run Setup Wizard, which was amusingly absent from a few of the release candidate builds. This "getting started" wizard now installs the Android SDK you need, sets up your development environment settings, creates an optimized emulator for testing your app, and bundles a set of code templates.
When it comes to storing data, SQL servers are one of the top options around thanks to the effective and flexible database capabilities they bring to the table.
Because of this they are widely used to form the informational backbone of many Android apps, although it is also safe to say that not every developer has decided to leverage this type of database.
If you are thinking about harnessing an SQL server for your next project, here are a few key things to keep in mind.
SQL is comparatively simple
The best thing about SQL, which stands for structured query language, is that in comparison to other fully fledged coding languages, it is somewhat simple to comprehend and apply. This is because the syntax used to create statements does not involve any complex or arcane terms, but instead relies on English words, making the learning curve shallow for any experienced developer.
Of course there are still challenges to overcome; for example, poorly optimized or incorrectly composed statements and processes might cause blocking, which in some circumstances will compromise performance. Even so, there are plenty of tools available to detect and deal with these issues rather than requiring manual intervention, which is a bonus.
There are lots of variables
There is not just one type of SQL server, or even a single form of the language itself that accounts for a majority stake in the market. In fact in the case of Android apps, SQLite is more widely used than elsewhere, because it caters to the smaller scale needs of mobile software and can be found powering mainstream services like Apple's iMessage.
This can make choosing the right approach tricky, especially if you are aiming to build and maintain your own server to host the data for your app. Outsourcing this to a third party vendor may make more sense, in which case you can harness the power of the cloud to take care of your database needs while focusing your attention on making your app as impactful as possible.
Testing & monitoring are essential
Once you have your app up and running and have integrated SQL server support to provide it with data, you cannot simply sit back and wait to reap the rewards. This type of system benefits from constant monitoring and maintenance, since over time the way that data is used, manipulated, augmented and transformed will result in changes to server behavior and performance.
The same applies when you decide to make any changes to the database, whether modifying a single query or completing a more comprehensive amelioration. Monitor it persistently and test out alterations before implementing them to avoid conflicts and mishaps.
Alternatives are available
Even if you need a database for your Android app, you do not need to stick with SQL as your only option, given that there are other systems in play.
The likes of Realm DB, Berkley DB and Couchbase Lite help to make this market more competitive and mean that you can pick and choose the approach that makes the most sense for your needs. At the end of the day, successful database deployment is just one of the things Android developers can do to achieve their aims.
There was a time when smartphones were not very common. Now there are so many brands and operating systems at different price levels that the average person is spoilt for choice. Many companies realize the need to bring their services to their client's fingerprints, so they are developing apps that do that. The two main operating systems that most smartphone users subscribe to are IOS and Android.
These companies either approach custom software development firms or individual developers to develop applications for these operating systems. Whether you work for a firm or are self-employed, here are six tips and tricks that will help you make your Android apps that stand out.
Familiarize yourself with the Android framework
If you are new at development, this is the first place to begin. Learn how the different components fit and work together. It would be best if you mastered everything about the android Software Development Kit (SDK)
Write and read more code
Practice makes perfect. When you have decided which program language you will be using, start doing projects with it. Take time to visit open source libraries and browse through the documents and apps. Understand how other people are coding. You could learn better ways to code and implement features.
Architect your apps
You may be tempted to write all your code then dump it all in one place. This is fine if it works when you test it. However, the problem comes in managing and testing aspects of the code. The better way of doing it is to separate various components of the code into layers. This makes it easier to manage and test them and to make improvements.
Learn Android best practices and guidelines
What are some of Android's best practices? How do you build applications that not only look good but also work well? Learn what the dos and don'ts when it comes to developing apps. Also, learn about the fundamental guidelines that govern android coding. Not all developers write clean code. Understanding the guidelines and best practices will help you create an app that stands out from the rest
Learn new programming languages
There are some programming languages supported by the Android SDK. Take your time learning some of them like Java and Kotlin. They will give you a broader perspective and can positively impact your development skills. They may also help you solve problems you may be facing in your developing process
Be more social with other developers
Great things happen when great minds come together. You may be tempted to spend your time next to your computer writing strings of code. However, if the opportunity presents itself, attend social meet-ups and conferences. Pick the brains of other developers and learn from them. This is a sure-fire way to improve your skills
As a developer, your work helps make people's lives easier and sometimes more entertaining. To come up with the best apps, listen to people's problems. It is only by knowing what people want that you can meet their needs. These and more tips and tricks can help you develop apps that are useful and user-friendly.
An article by USAToday.com revealed that the mobile games industry could be worth $100 billion by 2021. Mobile games are expected to make more than 70% of all revenue made from mobile apps, and as there are more than one billion owners of smartphones and tablets, that's a huge figure.
The potential amount of money that could be made from mobile gaming has led some of the biggest game developers to put more resources into mobile. Companies like Blizzard, Epic Games and LeoVegas may be known for console and PC gaming, but these brands are all trying to grow their fanbases on mobile as the industry just keeps growing.
App and Browser Versions
Most people on mobile devices will want to download their mobile games, but for people who have weak internet connections or don't have much room on their phones, that won't be an option. The casino review site, Bonus.ca, says that online casinos have learned that and so they allow players to access games such as slots, blackjack, and roulette, through their mobile browsers. Players don't need to download an app to gamble on their phone as many casino sites only ask people to create an account to start playing.
For larger games with more textures, files, and game modes, being compatible with browsers just won't be possible. However, for those game developers who can make their games work on browsers, they can appeal to many more mobile gamers.
Support for Cross-Play
Many developers, such as Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, got started first on PCs and consoles. This doesn't mean that they treat mobile gamers differently, though, and the company has tried to bring all of its players together by using something called cross-play.
Cross-play, explains Forbes.com, allows players to compete against each other whether they are playing Fortnite on iOS, Android, PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch. Switch and mobile users will be grouped together, but you can still play together across platforms if you are in a team. As more developers release their games on all platforms, expect cross-play to become a regular thing.
Releasing Smaller Games
By not releasing a mobile game, companies are potentially failing to appeal to a huge number of players. However, that doesn't mean that it is incredibly easy to just bring a game over to mobile devices. Some games were created for PC and controller inputs, or they are large games that mobile devices wouldn't have room for.
Some game developers, such as Blizzard, have tried to find a fix for this. An article from IGN.com explains that the company will be releasing a mobile game called Diablo Immortal, which will have some of the gameplay from its popular dungeon-crawling RPG series. This allows Blizzard to appeal to mobile gamers without trying to fit such a large game onto smaller screens.
As more game developers rush to the gold in the mobile games industry, things are becoming more competitive. It will be much more difficult for other developers to find success, which is why these companies are trying to get into the industry now.