Software Development is an occupation that is high in demand around the globe. The need for skilled tech specialists will continue to grow especially mobile applications. To give you an idea about 6K applications are published on the Android Google Play app store on a daily basis by Android Developers all over the world. Let’s look at some crucial skills that Android Software Engineers should have:
Android Development Foundations
Android developer’s most basic building block is a preferred programming language like Java and Kotlin or even if you prefer to use Dart and the Flutter framework. You need to be familiar with the core concepts of either one of the languages mentioned above or all of them, including basics and syntaxes, frameworks, and functional programming.
Testing & Fixing Bugs
Programmers usually hate testing but that doesn’t deny the fact that testing is super important. If you are not able to test your code properly then you would not be fit for big projects. It is the android coder’s responsibility to find the bugs in the code and fix them as well as fixing the bugs found by other team members. The most common testing libraries used are Junit, Expresso, Mockito, Robolectric, and UI Automator.
Any application that lacks a modern user interface (UI) is incomplete. Even if the app has useful functions and it fails to adapt to modern UI guidelines then it is doomed to fail. Besides the functionality, the design of the application is basically the main task next to the functions.
Databases and API’s
Android developers generally work with external sources such as various APIs and databases. Android Devs should be skilled and have a thorough understanding of APIs and databases as they deal with third-party code that was written by other software engineers.
Android has built-in security features that significantly reduce the impact of application security issues. User’s privacy can be protected by using permissions. Data can be securely shared by using signature-based permissions.
Firebase for Android
Some Android developers are not very fond of backend development which means they can make use of Google’s Firebase. Firebase is a mobile platform that helps developers to quickly develop quality applications as it provides several utility features. Features like Firebase App Indexing API, cloud storage, cloud firestore, HTTPS requests, Cloud functions, and much more.
Git/Github: Version Control System
Git is open-source free software and probably the most popular today used as a version control system. Git lets you experiment with new application features and coding techniques with confidence. You can work on new ideas for your project while your previous working copies(versions) stays safe and secure. The moment you may realize you are evolving your project in the wrong direction, you can restore your previous version, hassle-free, and course correct.
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Chad is a Software/DevOps Engineer with exposure and experience in various technologies and enterprise ICT environments. He has a huge passion for Technologies, specifically Linux and Open Source Software.
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