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I know this is somewhat unusual, but I'm writing a book solely about coding on Android phones (for starters). I started writing this quite a long time ago, but I've not been consistent, and that's why till now, I've not completed the book. I even decided at some point that I wasn't writing it anymore. But for some reason, I'm going back to that. And no, I won't leave it this time until I finish it.
But why did I start writing the book in the first place?
Well, I did because I felt there was a need for it. I started learning to code in April 2020, and all I had then was just my phone, so I had to make do with it. That day, we had just gone on a holiday from school due to the COVID-19 lockdown. I was on Google Play Store and came across a coding app named SoloLearn, which had the description: Learn to code for free.
I was surprised, as I had always thought that one could only code with a laptop or desktop computer. Also, I had always believed that coding is hard, so having a chance to get into it was something I yearned for, as I'm someone who loves to do the hard things. I immediately downloaded the app and got started.
My first steps at coding
Then, I didn't know about any technologies, programming languages, or frameworks. I only knew that coders wrote a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols that made others feel intimidated. I loved the sight of codes, and I wanted to know about them. Downloading the Sololearn app was my chance.
Luckily, I started at a good point. I started with HTML, even though I hadn't researched anything about learning to code. I just wanted to have that feeling of being a coder.
I soon began to research learning to code and the different aspects of coding. I started to read tutorials online and watch YouTube videos. That was where the problem started.
There was barely any YouTube Tutor that used Android for coding. I, of course, shouldn't expect that. Nobody likes problems. And using an Android phone for coding when you could use a widescreen device makes no sense.
I came across Eruda, and it was perfect for my purpose. I just needed a console, and it provided just that. Then, I am using SPCK editor, and it was good, very similar to VSCode in many ways. It even had support for version control by default. With it, I built two more JS projects, a snake game and a TicTacToe game.
I continued to learn all of my stuff on Android, including PHP, JQuery, and MySQL, until I got access to a laptop last year (2021).
How the thought of writing the book began
Last year, I held a free local online class focusing mainly on HTML, and I got students from social media. I noticed that most of the people who joined the class used mobile devices to follow up with the tutorials. I had previously thought there were little to no people who did the same thing as me. Little did I realize that the developers who created coding apps for mobile wouldn't do it if there were no market there. I soon decided to put all I've learned about coding on mobile devices into a book.
I tried to find a resource, maybe a website or book, that focused solely on coding on Android, but there was none. So, I decided to make one. That was on Friday, October 15, 2021. I created an outline and began to write.
The book is focused on web development since it's my area of specialization, and it's what I learned using my Android phone. I was determined to make the book as detailed as possible. I wanted to create a book containing everything a beginner needs to learn web development using an Android device. I even started digging into some things I never used whenever I found they could be of help.
I continued to research, write and think about how I could make the book better until I got to a point when I began to feel like I should stop writing.
Why I stopped writing the book
I stopped writing the book when I asked this question on Quora.
I didn't get as many answers as I thought I would, and the only one I had gotten to the question then didn't even encourage my work on the book, so I decided to stop, as the effort might not be worth it.
Why I'm writing the book again
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