Whither Android Developers?

Written by dermdaly on May 27th, 2015

Ireland is awash with Java developers. It was pretty much the language of choice for every government department, financial institution, telco, and even at one stage, startups.

I always thought that, in Dublin, once mobile development became popular, there would be many more Android developers than iOS developers. My logic went like this:

I really expected that in Ireland, we’d see lots of Java developers jump to becoming Android developers in this new, interesting market.

But it doesn’t seem to have happened. Why is that? Where are they?

I think there are a couple of reasons that may be contributing:

But what about the rest? Surely, out there, there are some Java developers who’ve tinkered with Android, even put out a few indie apps, and would love to move from the cubicle farm into channeling their talents into mobile app development.

Well, how about that? We’ve one such position open now.

Image Credit: Rob Bulmahn on Flickr

Comment (1)

des says:

I like the article. There are a couple of other reasons I can think of that developers have not converted from java to android.

1. People progress in their career, so many former java developers may now be managing etc. You don’t stay developing forever, or even converting to other languages.
2. Money – There are not that many (comparatively) opportunities for android devs vs server side java jobs
3. Learning the frameworks – Although the language is the same, android itself and the model of programming is fairly different from standard java
4. Competition – Just about any ‘app’ you can think of, has been written already, so unless you can do something significantly different or better, there isn’t any point. So then if you want to develop apps commercially, realistically you will end up working for someone else, ref point 2.

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