This snuck up on me.
For some time now, I have been obsessed with developmental boards – Raspberry Pi, Tessel 2, and the BeagleBone Black. They all use chips developed for smartphones – that turn them into the miniature computers that people love. These boards allow you to do this too!
All you need is a few accessories to make them complete – a display, a keyboard, a mouse – and maybe a few other things – such as a microphone or camera.
Then it dawned in me – my Android smartphone has all these things built into it already! And Google has this neat IDE that will let you program Android devices – called the Android Studio – that you can get for free!
So I downloaded it – my longest download ever, it took hours! And I had to set an environmental variable – not easy for my old brain.
But the result is impressive! I have been dragged, screaming and kicking – into the Android ecosystem. And now don’t know quite what to make of it.
I have started out learning the Java programming language – something I started to do long ago – but now I am motivated to really learn it.
I have discovered where I want to be – a voyage that took me over twenty years.