21 Dec 2012

XDA-University is Now Live

As the holiday season kicks in, with most students enjoying their days away from college/schools (also the reason why I did not have any post in the past few weeks), XDA has finally launched their own University!

"XDA Developers (also known simply as XDA) is a mobile software development community of over 4.7 million users[2] worldwide, started in January 2003.[3] The site's main purpose is discussion, troubleshooting and development of Android, Windows Phone, WebOS and Bada phones. The site also offers Windows Mobile and Android users general information about devices, ROM upgrades, technical support, Q&A, and reviews of device applications and accessories. Separate forums exist for each model of phones manufactured by HTC, Samsung,LG, Motorola, and many others. Forums are also available for tablets and many other devices. The name XDA Developers is originally derived from the O2 XDA, which was marketed as a PDA with "extra" features" – Wikipedia

XDA-University is the new site by the XDA administrators to provide learning tools and materials for Developers And End Users Alike. On my first visit it looks like something of a mix between a text book and a wiki source. The XDA administrators have described it as "crowd-sourced", and the resources provided will be regularly updated, though there is no way for public users to edit the content as yet. More than anything else, it will provide a destination for new Android users (or even experiences ones) to brush up on the basics of both Android as a operating system and XDA as a community of creators and users. The site has detailed guides for app development, hacking & modding, using Linux for kernels, etc., with more content to come in the future.

I was really excited when this project was announced a couple of months back, and it has lived up to its initial expectation. Will it reach the same high standards as the XDA Developers site? Only time will tell.

It will greatly serve the newbies (noobs as per XDA nomenclature) before they take a deep dive into the XDA Developer world and help aspiring developers to form their firm knowledge base without being lost in the search forums of XDA.

The site is now live at XDA-University.com.

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