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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449390501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449390501
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Applications for the Android Market

About the Author

Marko Gargenta is the founder and chief Android expert at Marakana, a training company in San Francisco. Marko has developed Android Bootcamp and Android Internals courses, and has trained over 1,000 developers on four continents. His clients include Qualcomm, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, Sharp, Cisco, U.S. Department of Defense, and many more. Marko frequently speaks on Android at technical conferences and events, and is the founder of San Francisco Android Users Group.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mko on 26 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Developing Android based application is like any other development. You have to get tools, learn basics and explore the details of the API. Learning Android covers first two topics.

First of all, you can get the overview of Android, what it does, who develops it and so forth. You can call it an overview from 9K feet height. After that you are explained how Android is organized and how all the system layers are organized. This is quite useful part because you can get the feeling what to expect when it comes to the API. Then you will be guided through the initial setup that allows you to develop Android based applications. This part is quite useful, because it allows you to get all the information required for preparing development environment. You will be, literally, lead step by step how to configure everything (at this point you can tell that Marko has some experience when it comes to providing people with tutorials - you are simply not able to go wrong here). One remark here. Marko doesn't mention that you have to set-up Android's SDK location before you proceed with "Hello world" example. In order to do this, you have to go to: Eclipse -> Preferences -> Android -> SDL Location and set proper SDK location. He also forgets to mention that after setting up ADT you have to go to: and install all the packages that are required for Android development.

After you are ready to go with coding, there is a place for getting familiar with Android's API. Here, Marko provides you with information related to Various aspects of Android related development. In general, it's fine, but there is one drawback. Marko tries to provide you with the knowledge related to Android by conducting you basing on hypothetical application (Yamba).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Baker on 6 Oct. 2011
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Thinking about learning Android ? This is a great book to get you on the road to delivering apps to Android mobile devices.

Mobile development is an area that is rapidly growing, and as a developer I believe this book is an excellent resource to have by your side. Whether learning for the first time or having experience in development this book will take you through the A-Z of Android. Learning Android works well in explaining Android and mobile terminology with an easy to follow step-by-step approach and plenty of examples to get you started.

It comes a good second behind a professional training course and you will learn enough to give you a good introduction to Android.
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This is the first time I've felt I really wanted to write a book review.

This book sat on my shelf for several months before I took the plunge and starting writing my first Android application. Initially I skimmed the book and thought I knew best, how wrong I was. I've tripped over so many obstacles by following other tutorials, and finally I decided to follow the authors lead for my own app.

Since then "Learning Android" has turned into my bible for howto create an Android application that goes to the Internet to fetch data and display it in an Activity. I've been back and forwards through the chapters, building my knowledge, and learning heaps along the way.

I am no "pro" as yet, but I've created an application that most importantly is structured correctly.

Excellent starter book for those with some programming knowledging.
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By ultim8k on 7 Feb. 2013
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I strongly recommend it for anyone who wants to start building real apps for android. I expected nothing less than that from O'Reilly.
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