Building Android apps are not that different from building web apps. The only difference is the fact that in Android apps, you can use different APIs that are directly derived from the Android core to get the job done.
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The Android SDK (Software Development Kit) is extremely flexible in terms of its choices and is very configurable and this means that it can be customized to meet the needs of your particular business. This opens up a lot of options for developers. There are a number of custom Android APIs to choose from, which are extensively used in the Android ecosystem. These are:
With all the excellent Android support, it is important that you understand how to work with the Android API to get the best results. To build an app using Android, you can choose one of the following options:
One of the first things that you need to know about Android development is that there are two kinds of Android developer tools: the XML-based API builder, and the Java-based API builder. You have to learn both at the same time.
After learning an XML-based API builder, you can move onto the Java-based API builder. For an XML-based API builder, it is the XML Support Library (XSL) that you need to learn. This is because the developer’s XML definition language (DDL) and the XML Language Reference (XSLR) are mutually exclusive.
This is basically the “magic” of XSLT. It provides the developer with a library that provides access to the common XML structures and attributes and the feature of subsetting. Subsetting is a feature that enables the developer to define a subset of the structures and attributes of the generated XML file. The subset is defined by certain constraints that are specified in the XML definition language (DDL). As such, you can define sub-subsets of the XML file according to the constraints you have defined in the XSL file.
It is a fact that there are some advantages to XSLT over XML. As an example, it enables you to define the attributes of various classes and structures in an XSL file. But, in order to build an Android app using XSL, you will need to get a copy of the source code from the Android SDK itself. And if you are lucky, this is something that you can do without much hassle.
As I have already mentioned earlier, the Android API offers an API builder for the Android development platform that is designed specifically for creating apps. But the Java API is the right choice for a developer who is looking for an extremely flexible solution for Android apps development.
What makes the Java API so flexible is the fact that it is based on the Java class loader mechanism. As such, it offers a rich set of features that you cannot find in any other SDK.
So when it comes to building Android apps with Java, there are a number of things that you should consider first. These include:
You should always remember that there are no specific benefits that Java gives you. In fact, the only thing that it can offer is great flexibility, scalability, and customization.