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Until couple of months ago I’ve been a bit afraid writing custom views. I thought it’s too complicated and had a lot of overhead with handling all layouting and interactions, I felt there is not enough documentation out there, not mention the edge cases and performance. I had my default Android view component in my toolbox and thought that everything I needed can be composed from those.

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I started developing for Android 3 years ago. I was never really formally taught - no ‘real’ classes, no online courses. I did what I usually doing when I’m trying to learn a new thing - figure things out through trial and error. I downloaded the SDK and started tweaking and playing with things around while reading the Android developer guide.

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