The Restoration Ministries’ (RM) Hymnal was a project I undertook in order to learn extensively, the Android development process; notably coding and deployment. Prior to this, I was only experienced in standard Java programming, which as it so happened, was the programming language used for Android development. Despite my knowledge in Java, I had to learn many new methods which were part of the core Android experience, which helped to solidify certain concepts in my mind.
I’ve learned that if there’s anything you want to learn in life, you have to do it yourself. None of the skills I gained in programming were simply injected into my brain, nor was it a natural ability. Everything was learned from scratch, and with this principle in mind I decided that the best way to learn Android development would be to undertake an actual project.
Currently, the app is able to view each song in the hymnal which is stored on the user’s device. Each song is formatted and loads very quickly. However, there are many incomplete elements which still require much work. Elements such as the interface, font sizes and even some images require some additional work.
Over the next few weeks I will be detailing my journey creating the RM Hymnal. Everything from my triumphs to my failures, tips and tricks and the final release will be documented. Join me on this journey as I create my first Android app.
– Keno Clayton