Native Android 101: A Quickstart to Building Android Apps

A quickstart to learning how to make native Android apps in no time with Java and XML
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Instructed by Nic Raboy Development / Mobile Apps
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Have you ever wanted to build your very own mobile Android application? Already have some working knowledge of the Java programming language? Using the native Android SDK you can bring the Java world and mobile world together.

This course will teach you how to easily develop native Android applications using Java and the Android SDK. We'll look at what is necessary to configure the Android SDK on your Windows, Linux or Macintosh computer and develop visually pleasing applications with minimal amounts of code and design skills necessary.

Native Android 101 is designed to be a quickstart for beginners looking to develop mobile applications. This course will put you track for building mobile Android applications using common technologies such as Java, and XML. We'll see everything from designing application views to performing HTTP requests against remote web services. As a course goal, we'll create a fully functional URL shortener using the skills we developed through the span of the course.

By the end of this course, students should have the skills necessary to build native Android applications on their own.

What are the requirements?

  • Must have a Macintosh, Linux or Windows computer to build Android applications
  • Must have Java 1.7 or higher installed to build Android applications

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build native Android applications
  • Use the Android SDK and Java for mobile application development

Who is the target audience?

  • This native Android course is meant for people who have at least some knowledge of Java
  • This course is not meant for people looking to develop iOS, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry applications

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction

Learn about the instructor, Nic Raboy, and his qualifications for teaching this Native Android course.


Learn a little background about Android.


What our goals are for this course and what you'll accomplish and be able to do as a student by the time you finish the course.

Native Android and our Expectations
1 question
Section 2: Getting Started

Learn how to get set up with Android Studio and the Android SDK on Mac and Windows


Create a new Android project using the Android Studio IDE.


Students will learn how to create signing keys to sign an Android APK file before being able to submit to the app store.

Getting Started with a New App
2 questions
Section 3: Building, Running, and Troubleshooting Your Application

Students will learn how to build a debug version of the Android application.


Learn how to run and test an Android application in the simulator.


Students will learn where to find the application logs and how to use various logging techniques to better debug or troubleshoot their application.

Seeing Your Application in Action
2 questions
Section 4: Native Android Fundamentals

Students will learn about the various Android layouts and when you might use them.


Learn how to change layout and component XML properties to give an Android UI a boost in appearance.


Learn what happens with your Android application in terms of the various activities from the moment you open it until you close it.


Learn how to create a basic list view and populate it using an array of strings.


Learn how to take a standard Android ListView and customize how data is rendered in each of the rows.


Learn to create multiple screens within an application and navigate between them.


Learn how to perform CRUD operations with a SQLite database in Android.


Learn how to make use of remote web services and APIs by performing RESTful HTTP requests.

Mobile App Development Fundamentals
3 questions
Section 5: Building a URL Shortener App

Learn about the TinyURL API that we're going to be using in our project.


Learn to create a custom ListView that will hold all our long and short URLs for the URL shortener project.


Learn how to create and navigate to a screen that will be used for user input and URL shrinking.


Learn how to use the Android library Volley to make HTTP requests against the TinyURL web API.


Learn how to store short and long URL data and use full CRUD operations on a SQLite database within our final project.


Learn how to click on any item in an Android ListView and launch the URL in the system web browser.


Learn how to change icons within the Android application, add progress dialogs, and how to delete items from a ListView.

Our First Mobile Android Application
2 questions
Section 6: Google URL Shortener Bonus

Learn how to set up one of the Google Developer APIs in the Developer Dashboard. In particular learn how to get started with the Google URL Shortener API.


Learn how to make use of the Google URL Shortener that was configured in the Developer Dashboard. Makes as a good alternative to the TinyURL API.

Section 7: Summary

An overview of everything discussed in the course and access to the source code used in the fully functional native Android application.

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Instructor Biography

Nic Raboy, Developer Advocate & Software Engineer

Nic Raboy is an application developer who has released several mobile applications to both iTunes and Google Play and is a part of several major projects. He is a polyglot programmer that is proficient in Node, Java, Ionic Framework, AngularJS, NoSQL, and Android.

The applications he has released to iTunes and Google Play were developed using either native code or hybrid technologies like Ionic Framework making him qualified to share his experiences to other developers.

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