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Beginning Android Application Development [Kindle Edition]

Wei-Meng Lee
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Create must-have applications for the latest Android OS

The Android OS is a popular and flexible platform for many of today's most in-demand mobile devices. This full-color guide offers you a hands-on introduction to creating Android applications for the latest mobile devices. Veteran author Wei Meng Lee accompanies each lesson with real-world examples to drive home the content he covers. Beginning with an overview of core Android features and tools, he moves at a steady pace while teaching everything you need to know to successfully develop your own Android applications.

  • Explains what an activity is and reviews its lifecycle
  • Zeroes in on customizing activities by applying styles and themes
  • Looks at the components of a screen, including LinearLayout, AbsoluteLayout, and RelativeLayout, among others
  • Details ways to adapt to different screen sizes and adjust display orientation
  • Reviews the variety of views such as TextView, ProgressBar, TimePicker, and more

Beginning Android Application Development pares down the most essential steps you need to know so you can start creating Android applications today.



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Create applications for the latest Android OS The Android OS is a popular and flexible platform for many of today′s most in–demand mobile devices. This full–color guide offers you a hands–on introduction to creating Android applications for the latest mobile devices. Veteran author Wei–Meng Lee accompanies each lesson with real–world examples to drive home the content he covers. Beginning with an overview of core Android features and tools, the author proceeds to teach everything you need to know to successfully develop your own Android applications. Beginning Android Application Development : Explains what an activity is and reviews its lifecycle Zeroes in on how to customize activities by applying styles and themes Looks at the components of a screen, including LinearLayout, AbsoluteLayout, and RelativeLayout, among others Details ways to adapt to different screen sizes and adjust display orientation Reviews the variety of views such as TextView, ProgressBar, TimePicker, and more Covers SMS messaging and networking Walks you through how to create an Android Service and interact with it Pares down the most essential steps for publishing Android applications Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved. wrox.com Programmer Forums Join our Programmer to Programmer forums to ask and answer programming questions about this book, join discussions on the hottest topics in the industry, and connect with fellow programmers from around the world. Code Downloads Take advantage of free code samples from this book, as well as code samples from hundreds of other books, all ready to use. Read More Find articles, ebooks, sample chapters and tables of contents for hundreds of books, and more reference resources on programming topics that matter to you.

About the Author

Wei–Meng Lee is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions (www.learn2develop.net). He writes extensively for online publications and magazines on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. In addition, he is the author of Beginning iOS 4 Application Development , as well as many other technology books and articles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10728 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (10 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S82RP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #635,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be your 1st buy over any others! 6 July 2011
Format:Paperback
I viewed many books on here regarding Android development and, thinking I was indeed the target audience, I started with Android Development for Dummies.... Although not a bad book, it doesn't cover anyway near the amount this book does and not in as much detail either. The basics are all covered first, especially the layouts and then each item and how each item is handled (ie: buttons, checkboxes) You do create many apps, but repetative exercises are good for learning.
I actually want to read every single page in this book and find it well put together, informative, and examples are easily followed. Very glad I got this book rather than being disappointed by others!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly out of date 16 Jan. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I agree with those reviewers who gave this book 4 and 5 stars; their reviews are accurate and this book is a good book for beginning Android programming in that there are very clear explanations and very helpful exercises.
The reason why I have only given it one star is that it is NOT a book for a person initiating their programming skills with Android as the current release of the Android SDK plug-in to Eclipse has too many differences from the book. I stumbled for ages on the first exercise where it reported that the android:icon referenced was in error - turned out that it wasn't my typing - the image name wasn't present as expected, there is a new one in it's place.
All the reported faults from the errata web site have been included in the issue I purchased (January 2012) but sadly the book is out of date with the Android world.
So, I repeat, if you are a newbie to any programming stay away from this book until it can be updated to current development.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent grounding 30 Jun. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All the basics, with few missing areas for the beginner, but good overall.

Bit naughty in that it uses lots of anonymous inner classes - which on a mobile platform costs memory and makes it harder to follow. You have to READ everything to make sure you don't miss anything too and the later explanations can be a bit unnecessary but better than skipping over things too lightly.

Final word - with this and another book I fairly easily managed to make and publish an Android app in under a month.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect entry point to Android app development 11 Oct. 2011
By Kinvig
Format:Paperback
This book is a brilliant entry point to learning how to create Android apps. I loved it. The book covers the basics of programming for android and then goes on to explore different array of components and views that a developer would need to use to create their own app.

The book is easy to follow, the language is clear and precise and the Try It Out sections are filled with exercises that translate well to real-world applications/scenarios.

Within a month of buying this book (and spending no more than a couple of hours a day) I was able to create the first iteration of an app for our corporate/clients needs and make it available on the Android Market Place.

This is an entry point book so don't buy it expecting to learn how to create the next big thing in 3D gaming, also don't buy this book if you have no programming experience. I primarily use C#/.net, so the transition to java was pretty much seamless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WINNER - As far as Android books go 12 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback
I've read about 3 books on Android Development, Hello Android, Sams Teach Yourself (24 Hours) and this book.

Though this book does not cover a few topics, the topics it does cover, the majority of useful topics, it covers well. It provides good code examples and explains exactly what is happening in the code and what each method does and the arguments it receives. This is something I felt was lacking from the other two mentioned books.

Reading this book will leave you with the confidence to code your own applications without having to copy classes from the book, trusting or hoping that they will work. With a firm understanding of how the framework functions you will find yourself optimizing the classes used in the examples and creating a robust framework for any future applications you may choose to build.

After reading this book the official documentation will be a much more useful resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Android developers 26 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book for beginners in Android programming like myself. Whereas other
books I have read introduce examples out of the blue, this book describes the all the basic
viewgroups fully and shows how to use them. It similarly describes all the basic views and
shows how to program the listeners which respond to them. Unlike similar starter books,
there is no application which acts as a thread through the book. Instead each topic has its
own examples. I think this is the better approach, since it provides the rationale behind the
many topics. The only criticism I have is the lack of a chapter on 2D graphics. Still,
highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I wanted to acquire as much knowledge as possible about Android, and I must say I was not disappointed. Wei-Meng Lee as an experienced trainer had put a great deal of effort into how he could best communicate Android to a beginner, and he did it excellently. For example on page 105 to 108 the author writes about screen orientation and persistent state information. This area of Android is so well explained better than any other Android book I have read.

This book has a lot of sample code which can be easily incorporated into ones App, and the explanation does not leave you with more unanswered questions. Like most Android books I still believe having a programming background is still a requirement basically because most Android books teach you how to build Apps, and not how to program.

I have enjoyed reading this book and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in mobile application development. A well deserved 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not all the way through yet
So far, about 2/3 of the way through, the pace of learning is just right if you have a grasp of Java already. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mark V
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but hard going
I have only got through chapter 2 so far. The book guides you 'how to' fairly well but is a bit short on the reasoning. Read more
Published on 21 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars New version
For information: This book was published in April 2011 and there is now an Android 4 version published March 2012.
Beginning Android 4 Application Development
Published on 24 Sept. 2012 by D. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners
As a beginner in Android programming I liked the book, it is easy and has good progressive examples. Has good printing quality.
Published on 23 May 2012 by OneAmazonShopper
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book for rusy programers
I found this to be an excellent book. I'm an experienced (if rusty) programer with a background in C and VB, so I needed to understand the foibles of developing for Android. Read more
Published on 6 Mar. 2012 by Eddie Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for programming newbs!
Only on chapter 3 and I'm a bit overwhelmed already, within the second chapter the book has you typing out 2 page spreads of code into various xml files. Read more
Published on 20 Jan. 2012 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Android Application Development Book Review
Having started to develop in Android in my free hours I had been always reading stuff from the Internet, mainly from Android Developers site. Read more
Published on 13 Jan. 2012 by HMTVALADAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Quite a good book, as a person quite rusty to java I found it a bit difficult to get into but further studying around what I didn't understand (which helps me learn anyway) made... Read more
Published on 8 Dec. 2011 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginners
This book has everything you need for beginners who want to learn Android.

It starts of with the well known, "Hello World" and explains the terminology required for... Read more
Published on 4 Nov. 2011 by Chirag
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction
I'm wanting to get into android development as a hobby. This book's been a really good introduction to that. Read more
Published on 3 Nov. 2011 by Andrew Mcadam
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