Are you a developer just starting out, and, for some reason, you haven’t yet grasped what Android development is really all about? If you fit the description and you are reluctant to pay big bucks for tutorials, conferences, or lessons from God knows what “guru” developers, Marakana now has the perfect solution for you.
If you aren’t familiar with Marakana, it’s a privately-held company based in San Francisco, California, that, for the past 11 years, has been helping IT professionals “get better at what they do by providing an extensive range of training services on open source software solutions”.
Hmm, it sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it’s as true as it can be, and the latest Marakana Android development training is now available for free on YouTube. Comprising of more than 20 hours of Android web development instructions, the latest installment of the “Android Bootcamp” series focuses, of course, on Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android released.
The video clips, which can be accessed on MarakanaTechTV’s YouTube channel, cover pretty much everything you would need to know in order to understand Android development, with an emphasis on Ice Cream Sandwich’s new user interface. While I myself haven’t had the patience to watch more than a couple of minutes from two or three of the clips, it’s pretty obvious that the guys know what they’re talking about.
In fact, you can check out Marakana’s official page, where you can see the instructors’ complete resumes. On the other hand, I’m sure that the names of Ken Jones or James Harmon already ring some bells for many of you, so you shouldn’t worry that the video course will be a waste of time!
You will be starting out with an Android overview and a brief history of the OS, and then, you’ll dive right into the good stuff – the stack, main building blocks, Android’s UI, databases, content providers, and system services. The course should not take you more than five days to cover. The goal is to gradually learn to design and develop increasingly complex Android applications, with compelling user interfaces. Like I said, Android Bootcamp targets developers just starting out, but also experienced pros interested in extending their range of expertise.
Check out Marakana’s videos now and please get back to us with your comments and opinions! Also, if you end up developing some cool apps with the help of Android Bootcamp, we would very much appreciate it if you’ll let us know first! Have fun!