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Android Build a Simple Android App (retired 2014) Getting Started with Android Introduction to Methods and Classes

Slow, slow, slow...

I really want to follow these videos and work with Eclipse and start learning how to develop Android Apps, but not only are the videos out-dated and difficult to follow, but the program and emulator are both incredibly SLOW. I have to say, despite being very impressed with the Web Design stuff... that don't impress a me much.

2 Answers

Ben Jakuben
STAFF
Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

That course is due for a refresh in a few months, though the concepts covered are still very applicable.

  1. Is there anything in particular that is difficult to follow? We appreciate the feedback and can hopefully help you along.
  2. What specifically is slow about the tools? Is it Eclipse itself, or the emulator? The emulator is pretty slow, especially on older computers. There's a 3rd party alternative you could try called Genymotion that I covered in a stage a few weeks ago: http://teamtreehouse.com/library/android-tools#getting-started-with-genymotion

Sorry, I should clarify that this is not a reflection on the quality of the video. It was only hard to follow because there is a new version of Eclipse since the video was made and I'm a new to Java. It's a very in-depth program! I may try to focus more on the html/css tracks before I take on Java and Android development. I'm very interested in learning, but I may be biting off more than I can chew at this point. Thank you for the quick response and I'll be back to learn more later.

Ben Jakuben
Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

It is a lot to learn! We (staff and students) are here to help, so hopefully you keep at it. I added some notes to the Teacher's Notes on the video page to help get past the initial differences in Eclipse. Once you get past those the rest is very similar: