Monday, August 25, 2014

Learning Android Using Online Tutorials and Resources - A Comparison


I consulted the following resources to learn Android -
  1. Udemy Learn By Doing Android
  2. Lynda: Android SDK Local Data Storage
  3. Lynda: Connecting Android Apps to RESTful Webservices
  4. Vogella Android Text Tutorials
  5. Google Android Developer Training
  6. SlideNerd: Fragments in Android
I came up with a quick coverage matrix of each of the courses and how they fare covering various topics -

AreasUdemyLynda DataLynda RESTfulVogellaGoogle AndroidSlideNerd
UIY--YY-
AnimationN--YY-
FragmentsN--YYY
ActivityY--YYY
ServicesY--YY-
DebuggingY-----
DatabaseNY-Y--
NetworkingN-Y---
MultithreadingN-Y---

The above table can be interpreted using -
Y = Sufficiently covered
Y = Sparsely covered
N = Expected but not present
- = Not Applicable

I will follow up with details of each of the tutorial, strength, weakness and suitability. Kindly leave your comments on how I can enhance the above matrix, including additional areas and trying out other tutorials.

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