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Developer Interview: Geniusdog254
Geniusdog254 has been an XDA member for close to two years now and since then has been developing kernels, mods., games, and much more. He has also sparked many interesting discussions such as the LTE Vs. WiMax news story that was published a while ago. He has agreed to a brief interview and we would like to thank him for taking time out of his busy day to answer a few questions.
CK: First of all, Thank you Geniusdog254 for accepting this request for an interview. As for your development work, could you tell us how you have been involved with developing and how it all started for you, and what was your first device to work with?
GD: My first development was working on some Visual Basic as an elective class in 6th grade, but my first Android development was just messing around on an Android Dev Phone 1 in late 2008/early 2009. I started because it seemed interesting to me and I was having a boring weekend.
CK: How did you learn so much about development and what inspired you to go down the mobile phone route?
GD: I really just dove right in, reading others’ open source code and at first just making changes in their code to suit my needs. I gradually picked up on the language & began writing my own simple apps and am now fairly proficient in Java with a very small amount of C knowledge from kernel work. I went with the mobile route because I saw no need or incentive to develop desktop apps, but developing for Android I could make things that myself and others would (hopefully) use daily, and it offered me a chance to make some extra money should I ever decide to sell apps.
CK: Has the XDA community been a big help for your projects and have you enjoyed working with individuals/groups across many platforms such as XDA and Twitter?
GD: XDA has been a huge help. it’s a very supportive environment and a great place to get feedback & testers for your work. At first, I wasn’t a fan of Twitter at all, but I gradually picked up on it and now it’s critical to me both for social reasons and to announce updates for my work and keep up with others’ work. I have really enjoyed working with everyone that has helped me along the way or given me feedback in one way or another!
CK: What tips would you give to someone who has just decided to venture down the path of Android Development but has no idea where to start?
GD: Read lots of other peoples code. It’s a great way to learn the trade. CyanogenMod and the AOSP tree are both great resources to learn some techniques. There are also some books available, if your brain learns better that way.
CK: I couldn’t help but notice in your signature all of the Android phones that you own, of all of them which is your favorite? And have you ever worked with Windows Mobile or plan to develop for Windows Phone 7 as it is releasing soon?
GD: Hmm, thats a tough choice. I have loved them all, but the Nexus is probably my favorite, due to its support and HTC build, followed by the Epic for its keyboard and amazing processor. As for Windows Phone 7, I had considered developing for it but without CDMA support at launch, and the expense of buying a test device, I can’t justify it. Microsoft is also much more restrictive with their financial payouts than Google, making it difficult for independent developers. Same thing for WebOS & iOS.
CK: Well I would like to thank you Geniusdog254 for your time and for answering my questions.
GD: Glad I could help, its been great talking to you and I hope this interview can help some interprising developer in some way!
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