Adventures with Android

Ever look at all those fascinating apps on the play store and wonder if you could ever have your name beside one? The key to all those apps is Android development. Let’s get a better idea about Android app development and how it is perfect for you and your skill sets.

Android is basically an open source platform which connects over millions of devices around the world.  For a developer, this basically means that you have access to the source code of the platform. With the source code, you can understand how the interface works for the app. Also, if you’re lucky enough you can find a bug and report it.

The industry wide support is humongous and the Android community is super friendly and helpful. Using Android, you have the power to build wonderful games, books, movies, music, and apps of course and share it openly. 

Why Android?

The growing trends of 2017 suggest that Android has definitely overpowered iOS, reasons it being economical and open source.

If you are looking for something where you won’t have to spend a lot of money in the development, then brace yourselves. Android has almost zero developmental costs. The development tools are free and easily available, and Google only charges a minimal fee to launch applications on the Android market.

You have the freedom to innovate. Besides developing an application, you have the full fledged freedom to extend or contribute it further.

Android developers have the freedom to collaborate. The developers are encouraged to share their source code between each other. They do not sign an NDA(Non-disclosure Agreement).

Android has an open distribution model, which simply means that not only developers are encouraged to share their source code with each other but you can do so via other distribution channels also. The development can be done in any hardware devices be it Mac, Linux or the good old Windows.

Pre-requisites:

To develop in Android, you just need to know the basic data structures, OOPs concepts  and programming.(Join our Foundation courses to do so by registering here).  

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Why our courses?

Our Android Development courses are amongst the best. This course will gradually guide you through the process of turning your breakthrough app idea into reality.Say goodbye to old school learning because we are here to provide hands on learning to you, develop apps in every class. Our courses are extremely interactive, you will start working on your app from the very initial classes. Exciting Hackathons will take place from time to time to keep your skills up to the mark. Not only this, everyone will get to work on super exciting projects!

 By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
  • Make apps not only in Java but also Kotlin
  • Learn to build a brilliant UI
  • Use animations and sensors to make your apps top notch
  • Use backend services like Firebase Cloud Messaging
  • Link third party sites such as Facebook, Gmail to your apps
  • Last but not the least, launch your app on Play Store and make it available to millions of users worldwide

Build your expertise by making apps, games and so many cool projects. Enter the world of play store with us, new batches of Envision(Android App development) are commencing soon. Register here!!

 

Tips and tricks to gear up for this placement season

It’s interview season and it’s crunch time! With the placement season a month away, the panic mode is on and a lot of you will be sitting for your placement and for internships this time.

Most companies look for students having past experience in various internships and building projects. The kind of exposure that gives is difficult to attain inside a classroom. If you don’t have that, don’t fret too much! Campus interviews can be intimidating and you’d be sitting for the first time so don’t let the anxiety get the better out of you. Here are some tips and tricks to stay ahead of the pack and crack your tech interviews!

1.Ace that written exam:

Most companies start with a minor written exam or programming test before moving on to the interview part. Though this part is underestimated but needs a whole lot of attention from you. Start getting a headstart at this by practising a whole lot of questions. Take mocks for the aptitude and logical section, speed is a hurdle which can only be overcome by practice.

2. Build your communication skills

Even if you’re going for the role of a software developer, you can’t slack on roles of being personable and responsible. You should be able to express what you think to the recruiter. Show your enthusiasm and passion about the company. Practice with your peers for common interview questions to get an edge at group discussion. All in all, get comfortable with public speaking, this will help you deal with slippery situations. Try building your vocabulary and yes, please do read the newspaper.

 The tech interview

You will be required to solve a couple of questions. Try practising on a whiteboard, you can be so used to the compiler that you might just forget the syntax of initializing a variable when writing a code outside. Study your data structures and algorithms, read books, solve questions and use other resources.

Know your project

Your project is something that you must have put your heart and soul into. So, naturally, the recruiter expects you to know the nitty-gritty of it. Explain your project nicely, the hurdles you got caught into and how you overcame them while making it.

Think of the bigger picture

When solving a coding problem, even if you make a minor mistake, don’t panic, keep your calm and stay focused on the problem. Take a deep breath, you still have the rest of the interview to go through. The recruiter will most probably ignore the minor error, he’s there to check your problem-solving skills.

Be Honest

The recruiters must have a long experience of interviewing a lot of candidates so they are surely masters in this. Try to make your resume glitch free. Be honest with your answers, if you don’t know the answers, just say it, it’s not a college viva that you’ll get away with saying any bullshit. The interviewers already know the answer before they ask the question.

Ask Questions

Be vocal with your doubts. If you have any doubts, regarding the questions such as edge cases, etc, ask them and how they need to be treated. Avoid making any assumptions. Even if you think it’s pretty safe to assume something, try asking the interviewer first.

Give mocks and learn something new

Trap someone you know into taking your mocks. JK, take their mocks too. Get feedback regularly, and try overcoming minor glitches during the mocks.

Interviews are also a learning experience, and with every interview, you would definitely learn something. Instead of getting anxious over it, try treating it as a goal to learn something, have fun, treat your interviewer as a colleague you’d like to build an amazing app with, this would exude your passion about coding that got you in it at the first place!

Also, I may sound like your mother, but please get a good night’s rest before the D-day. It would double your efficiency!

To prep up with our help, sign up for our Interview Preparation courses here and avail your free trial for our online course NOW!!