Google has launched a series of Kotlin and Android online courses designed to teach people how to build Android apps. The course is aimed at beginners such as beginners with no programming experience. Kotlin is now a hot language, perhaps thanks in part to Android’s official support for Kotlin.
Google has announced that Android development is Kotlin-first. According to Android officialdata, 60% of professional Android developers already use the language. In the Play Store, 70% of the top 1000 apps use Kotlin.
In 2016, Google released the Android Basics course. But over the past four years, four major versions of Android have been released, support for the Kotlin programming language has been added, and tools to help build apps, such as the Jetpack library, have been introduced. Therefore, the introduction of this new course is a major update on the original basis.
For this course, Google advocates that “you can learn without a technical background.” The latest Stack Overflow developer survey shows that nearly 40% of professional developers have not previously received a formal degree in computer or software engineering.
This course includes how to use Android Studio to build apps and how to run them on Android devices (or virtual devices). Google says that with hands-on courses, beginners can also build a range of Android apps.
Although it’s for novices, Android officials want learners to have some basic computer knowledge and math skills. The course content is available on the Android Basics in Kotlin page.
Google also offers three other free courses for developers with programming experience: Kotlin Bootcamp for Programmers, Android Kotlin Fundamentals and Advanced Android in Kotlin.