Re-Learning Android Development, Layouts

It’s been about a year since I did anything with Android Studio. Let me tell you, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

When I first started yesterday, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I mean, I could place some layouts and buttons and such, but making them do something? Hah.

So I did what any programmer does. I googled. And went to Android Development’s website and did their demo of creating an app.

And I remembered, slowly, bit by bit what it means to develop Android Apps.

Honestly, it’s like almost all development in today’s day. You have your UI Layer, where everything is organized. In Android, they have these things called “Layout Views” which let you easily layout buttons, text, etc.

So that way, when you’re setting up something (like say a grid of buttons with letters on them), you can set them up in rows of 4 columns without having to mess with a lot of css. Not that I don’t mind CSS, but it’s nice, drag and drop kind of easy.

Next up, is making those buttons…DO something.

A New Game

I’m thinking about creating a new game. I’m trying to decide between a simple word search game, or maybe some kind of simple RPG.

Now the funny thing is, I can actually draw. I’m okay at it, but with carpal tunnel, it’s not my favorite past time. The RPG of course wouldn’t be sparkly CGI or fancy graphics. I mean, I am one person, and I do have a full time (sometimes more than) job.

If I did the RPG, I’d also have to think up a story, which I also enjoy doing. I’m just worried about the entire time it would take to get something like that out the door.

The Wordsearch on the other hand, is one of those games I love playing. It’s simple to play, mind-numbing and something that would go well on my site.

So I think I could get out the word search faster than the RPG, but both would take some time to do. I’m leaning towards the word search first, while I play with the story for an RPG.

What do you think?

Oh, and here’s a cute cat for you to look at.