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Of Christmas, New Year and the Toolbox!

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First off, A very Merry Christmas and an even greater year ahead to you and your family!

I wish you much success in making money with android in the coming year! Stick around this blog and I'll share my favourite money making tips for android, and also how to market your apps!

The closing - it really is the start of this blog post!

December had been an awesome month for ad revenue. Guess Santa Clause did indeed come to town! Advertisers usually run fresh new campaigns during the holiday seasons, so it really is good to get your apps out during this time. Plus Airpush is giving out 25% extra bonus for December revenue!

What are you waiting for then? Go on! Add some adverts in your apps and games and lets make some money!

And if you're just starting off, and are interested in making money with your wonderful android device, then hang in there!

Onwards to the next in my series of blog entries...

The THING! - not the creature thingy!

Every carpenter has his or her own toolbox. The same goes for a developer. You need to have the tools that you're most comfortable with. For Android, you have many options (thanks for the Open-ness of the system Google!).

For the most common and famous tool, you can use Eclipse. Eclipse uses Java as the development language, and all the SDK providers will have a library that you can plug into your app via Eclipse (if your provider does not have this, seriously... look elsewhere!).

Then there are the other options that use HTML for development. You can try Appcelerator or PhoneGap for this. This tools also allow you to develop once and deploy across many platforms.

There is also the Flash approach, which I have not tried at all. Give it a google search of you need to.

Finally, there is the BEST solution. Well, best for me at least. Code in the Basic language. This is the best option if you are a .Net or VB developer. It is also quite an easy AND powerful solution. More on this below..

The Fruitcake - or the problems.. why do people hate fruitcakes anyway?

All the above have their pros and cons. I am not down playing any of the tools. They are really awesome tools, and many developers have had great apps and success with each of the tools. But this is just my opinion.

Eclipse is very powerful. You can develop android apps and also many other apps with it. The problem really is that the Java language and the environment is just not easy to get into. Been a developer for over 10 years, and I still struggled to get Hello World out with Eclipse. (yes yes, maybe i suck!). Plus, the hell with XML based UI editing!

The HTML solutions too are not easy to set up. Plus it has a lot of limitations (I've read that the limitations are improving over time). HTML is easy to learn, but the IDE again is no fun to use.

The Cheesecake - or the better cake! Cheesecakes are yummy!

Check out Basic4Android  (Note, if you decide to purchase, please use the link's I've provided on the right. It will give me some referal bonus! Thank you!).

This is the tool that I use. I can get helloworld up and running in a couple of minutes with this IDE. All my apps and games in the android market are created with this tool. It is so easy that when I start a new app or game, the core mechanics take a very little time to get up and right.

It is easy to learn the Basic language. The GUI designer is the best there is (no XML editing required at all... everything is drag and drop). And the community kicks some human anatomy!

To use external libraries with B4A, one needs a wrapper libraries created. This can be done by yourself if the wrapper is not available. I have released a few wrapper libraries (all of them for monetisation) on the forums. Look for user SSG! The forum is filled with 2759 libraries and growing (ok ok, that's a lie, but the number is huge indeed!), so that takes care of most of your needs!

Check out the features of Basic4Android to know a whole lot more!

The price of B4A is pretty cheap (remember, if you decide to buy, use my links on the top right of this blog! thank you thank you!!).

If you compare to other IDE (not Eclipse of course, that bugger is free), B4A is dirt cheap (please don't tell Erel [the big guy of B4A] about it though, he might raise the price! ) .

I'd suggest you get the Enterprise edition. It is a two years license with updates (the app is yours after the 2 years anyway). I made money with ads and recovered my expenses for both an Android market account and the IDE in slightly over a month. I make a few thousand from free apps monthly now, and it feels good. I will surely be renewing my license once my second year ends!

Give the trial a go. It is pretty limited, but you get an idea and feel of the IDE.

The Real End - only of this post! I'll be back...

Do leave some comments and opinions on B4A here (of in their forums). Look me up there (user name SSG). Give the IDE a try and ask me any specifics if you have (here or in the forum).

PS - Remember, if you are purchasing, do support me and purchase via the links on the top right of this blog! Mucho appreciato!

PPS - Check out TechnoTalkative if you decide to use the Eclipse approach, he has a billion tutorials.. hehe... that's a twitter joke.

PPPS - Add me on twitter: AndroidMES

Till the next post.... Ho! Ho! Ho!

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