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Android Application Development For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) [Paperback]

Donn Felker
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3 Dec 2010 047077018X 978-0470770184 1
The fun and friendly guide to creating applications on the Android platform The popularity of the Android market is soaring with no sign of slowing down. The open nature of the Android OS offers programmers the freedom to access the platform′s capabilities and this straightforward guide walks you through the steps for creating amazing Android applications. Android programming expert Donn Felker explains how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and submit your finished products to the Android Market. Featuring two sample programs, this introductory book explores everything from the simple basics to more advanced aspects of the Android platform. Takes you soup through nuts of developing applications for the Android platform Begins with downloading the SDK, then explains how to code Android applications and submit projects to the Android Market Written by Android guru Donn Felker, who breaks every aspect of developing applications for the Android platform into easily digestible pieces No matter your level of programming experience, Android Application Development For Dummies is an ideal guide for getting started with developing applications for the Android platform.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (3 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047077018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470770184
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′...a highly capable book from a well regarded self–help book series on a subject that is very topical at the moment’  (Will Roney, 5 December  2011).

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Here′s just what you need to start developing feature–rich, amazing Android apps Even if you′ve never written a mobile application, this book has the know–how you need to turn your great ideas into cool apps for the Android platform. With millions of smartphone users and a cornucopia of carriers, Android is a great place to ply the app development trade. This book shows you from the ground up how to set up your environment and create an app. Read on to become an Android developer extraordinaire! Welcome to Android — learn what makes a great Android app, how to use the SDK, ways to work with mobile screens, and how the development process works Make users happy — find out how to design an interface that mobile users will love Learn the code — work with the activity lifecycle and Android framework classes, use the Eclipse debugger, and create a home screen widget for your app Beyond the basics — take your skills up a notch with apps that involve SQLite databases and multiple screens Price and publish — pick the right price for your app and get it into the Android Market Open the book and find: Cool ways to use the accelerometer in your app How to turn mobile limitations into opportunities Tips on installing and setting up the tools Step–by–step coding directions Ways to make your apps more marketable How to create really useful menus Advice on app pricing Ten great sample apps and SDKs, including code Learn to: Create apps for hot smartphones like Droid X, Galaxy S, and MyTouch Download the SDK and get Eclipse up and running Code Android applications Submit your apps to the Android Market

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book in you put the work in. 14 Feb 2011
This is a good if flawed book. If you are new to programming you will have a hard time getting through this book without any additional help. An experienced programmer will find it a comprehensive introduction, but have the occasional frustrating time with the example code.
Being called a "Dummies" book suggests it'll take you from the ground up, in regards to Android this is true, in regards to Application Development a certain level of knowledge is assumed and there is no mention on the book's cover of the need to know Java and XML, those requirements are mentioned in fifth paragraph of the intro. Therefore total beginners will need to wade through a Java and XML book before tackling this one. Yet the text is a contradiction at points, it assumes you know Java but holds your hand in showing you how to get hold of the Java SDK, surely a Java programmer would know about the SDK already. It's a "Dummies" book yet none of the Android SDK helper screens are discussed or used, all the XML is hand typed (or copied over from the downloaded source code). It is a similar issue with the programming environment. The Eclipse IDE is powerful and flexible, but first time Eclipse users, like me, will feel lost until you get used to it. An Appendix giving a quick overview of Eclipse would have helped greatly.
Whilst the book blurb does not mention the need for previous programming experience it does mention on the rear "cool ways to use the accelerometer in your app", but there is no code in the book to do that, merely a link to an open source program.
It's not until page 76 that the ubiquitous "hello, world" program is running. So that's 76 pages before you are running anything.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't all all 'how-to' books be like this? 5 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This has to be one of the best 'How-to' books I have ever read! I downloaded it to my Kindle and within an hour of first finding this book on Amazon, I had an Android application up and running!

Ok, I do have an extensive background in software engineering and my PC runs Linux, which is obviously an advantage when developing for what is essentially a Linux platform. But neither is a prerequisite. In fact the author is using Windows 7 for all of the examples.

The fact is I really had no knowlage at all about how to go about writing an application for Android until I read this book.

What I really like is the fact that it is written in plain (American) English. Other than an assumption of some Java knowledge, everything is explained in just the right level of detail. Nothing more is assumed and all the important points are covered. The author also injects just the right amount of humour without being patronising.

I have no doubt that this book will get you up and running as an Android developer. It will work just as well for Windows and Mac users as it did for me. I have not read any other books on the subject, so I can't, in all honestly, say that it is the best book out there. But what I can say, is that if you get this book, you will not go far wrong and probably won't need to buy anything more on the subject.

If I had one minor criticism, it would be that the first few pages waffle on about the virtues of Android a little more than I would have liked. I did wonder if the author was being sponsored by Google ;-). But it soon settles down and before you know it, you have your first app up and running.

Worth every star and every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too code intensive with very little explanation 23 Feb 2012
I had gone through some basics of Java and eclipse and the next logical step for me to put my skills to use was getting to know Android. Being a fan and regular reader of For Dummies series, I opted to start my Android journey from here.

After reading the introduction, I realized that apart from Java and Eclipse knowledge, you also need some basic XML and JUnit knowledge. I had to do a crash course in XML and took the risk of diving into this book, without knowing anything about JUnit.

Author starts off with preparing the development HQ by guiding us to download the Java SDK, Eclipse and Android SDK. Suddenly he shocks readers with foolish assumptions (topic) that you should have some Java background. In that case I'am not sure why a detailed section on downloading and installing the Java SDK is given.

While trying example in listing 7-3, I had errors in my eclipse as the file was not updated with phone_state_silent. I tried updating the file directly in eclipse from the source code given by the author in his website, but the file just kept getting refreshed. So I had to solve the problem by directly passing the integer values in listing 7-3.

I had a few more errors while coding the first few pages, but this was entirely due to my carelessness and luckily eclipse helped me to fix it.

While trying to workout Part 3, I noticed that the author had forgotten to give the correct Import statements. I got the correct ones from the source code downloaded from author's website. From chapter 9 onwards I started getting a fair idea of Android (you know this book is for dummies :-) and the UI design aspects.

The missing import statements continues in the rest of the chapters and I had to refer to the source code downloads.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not quite update
Got it and tried to follow the instruction of installing the SDK and eclipse but only managed to follow up to about page 40.. still have to go on youtube and learn from some clips. Read more
Published 9 months ago by yuko
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, it's a Dummies Guide...
Covers the required subject well and gives good advice on the software necessary to create apps. A few more sample apps would have been nice.
Published 16 months ago by Phimo
4.0 out of 5 stars Really pleased.
My husband is an independent software developer looking to adapt his products for other media. He's really pleased with this book, finding it easy to read and understand. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mrs. H. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars I was a Dummy
This is a good starter. It does require some basic Java knowledge but it explains well the structure and dependencies of developing Android Apps. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by HA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied
I am very satisfied with this item. It is very interesting and well constructed. I recommend this product to others.
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by Matthew
3.0 out of 5 stars Book is good but text formatting horrible
If you arw new to programming this book can help you at the beginning of your long jorney. What is driving me crazy is text formatting on my Kindle. Read more
Published on 27 July 2011 by Radim
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this book
All the information links and download info which you need to get going are totally incorrect so havnt bothered with anything else it has been recycled use a internet search... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by Fraser Hollingworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition lacks quality formatting
I think there are enough reviews on the actual content of this book (so far, after a couple of sessions with it it seems up to the mark) but the Kindle edition needs a little more... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Mr. A. D. Garratt
4.0 out of 5 stars Android Examples
My aim in buying this book was to learn Android techniques by finding examples to try out. This book contains two examples. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Mr. Trevor Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply amazing book to get started in Android App Development
I started my career in application development, but it is amazing how soon you left application development things move on. Read more
Published on 22 April 2011 by Peter Abatan
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