My Two Weeks of Android Development.

My story is your usual millennial story, it began on Twitter. Between the memes and the drama I saw a tweet about something called SheCodes. I kind of hesitated at first but then I was like why not, I’ve got nothing to lose it’s only an application. I filled up the form, hit sent and forgot about it. I mean really forgot about it. A month later I got a text saying I have an interview in a few days. I did the interview, the course was basically made for women that is the SHE part, the CODES was the tricky part.

On our first day, we got to know each other. I loved how everyone came from a different background, we were all students, some are new graduates, there are medical students (including myself), English students, engineering, and the smart IT girls of course.

We had different interests, some cook, others draw. Some loved anime and others loved poetry. We had a few writers, a few teachers and a few dancers.

We understood the concepts, then started working on the Udacity online Labs.

A few days later we were working on the Android Studio, which can be a bit frustrating, we might have shed a few tears, but i don’t want to talk about that, it’s kind of messy.

Apparently putting up the two simple words “Hello World” on a screen required a lot more than just typing them, you had open tags and attributes, LinearLayouts, and parents and children, suddenly it was turning into a Dickens novel.

My very first attempt at creating an app was called “Once Upon a Time” it’s a bookstore advert that announced the Kafka’s Metamorphosis reading event.

Then we started learning how to make a basketball scoreboard. This was also a bit more complicated than writing “Hello world”! You have multiple buttons, TextViews and Java code to do the math for you.

“Why am I learning this?” someone has asked me the other day, well, why not? Learning is limitless, and I’m learning something new everyday.

Nora Ephron, an American author, screenwriter and a director has once said to the Washington Post: “Maybe young women don’t wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all. What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don’t be frightened: You can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands.”

 Written by Tamathur Almahdi 

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