Android Studio

Android Studio is the official Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for developing Android apps on all Android devices and includes editing, debugging, performance tools and a build and deploy system.

Features are listed here.

User Guide is here.

Jerry's notes: If you are just beginning in Android app development and want to learn Java before you dive into Android Studio, you can download IntelliJ IDEA here.

App Development for Mental Health

I love counselling. I also love IT - from website design, to elearning development to getting into app development for mobile (and a hundred other things, besides). I love figuring out how people and technology work. I love seeing an issue and trying to work through a resolution. It feels fantastic when it comes together.

My problem has been that I felt that I had to make a choice between these things I loved. Nothing could be further apart than psychology (counselling) and technology, right? Then, it came to me. Why do I have to decide between these areas? Why can't I work in the space where they overlap - where they will grow in tandem?

Surely, I thought, the development of apps for those with differing symptoms (e.g. depression, anxiety) would be an area of growth? [Note: I use symptoms here as depression and anxiety are labels which denote effects, not underlying aetiology.] What if I could combine my love for helping those with psychological trauma or issues with my love for programming? This would be perfect for me.

So, I am going to explore the overlap between this areas on this site, in an attempt to provide clarity for myself and to bring together resources which might also be of benefit to others.

Looking forward to the path ahead!

Jerry Jordan


Gerald Lee Jordan


I took my first computer class the first semester of my undergraduate degree. I have been hooked, ever since. I began using the Internet in the mid 90s, and started in website design shortly thereafter. I have done database administration, Learning Management System administration, online marketing, elearning development and a host of other IT work, before coming to mobile app development.

I have travelled a bit, starting life in North America and eventually calling Australia and New Zealand home. I spent the better part of two decades in university, completing an undergrad degree in the USA and then four other degrees in Australia.

I will share my experience and insights in app development via this site, if you want to talk to me, you can message me at Twitter @nocturnalworks.

Jerry Jordan