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  • Paperback: 1020 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (6 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430239301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430239307
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.1 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Vesselin Iliev on 9 Mar. 2015
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Awesome book - very thorough and walks you from the basics to some advance topics.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
So Close! But left out some crucial components 26 Feb. 2012
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So I ordered this having been impressed with the Pro series before. They cover in depth a lot of different subjects, from fragments, to visualizations, to background asynctasks, etc. However, they say explicitly that they don't deal with Loaders or really cursors. Now, cursors I can understand, but to not include Loaders in this book is a gross oversight. There are other things that this book leaves out, but the biggest component which is something, with today's data centric world, is really necessary. I would recommend waiting for a different book if you are looking for help in this area. However, this book does do well with a lot of other components so it is still worth while. That is why I gave it a 3 out of 5. It is good, but could be great.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 10 May 2012
By joeb - Published on
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I purchased this book in the hopes it would provide more detail into the Android API, since a lot of Android books only cover the very basics. Unfortunately, the writing is very poor and difficult to follow. The copy editor and proofreader (if there was one) should have done a much better job. There are numerous typos and formatting errors. A few of the chapters are decent, but overall I recommend you skip this one. Despite its large size, there are actually a few topics covered in the previous version (Pro Android 3), but not in this version. Also, the back of the book advertises that it covers OpenGL, which is not the case.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a very nice comprehensive book (too comprehensive?) 20 July 2012
By Tiger128 - Published on
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I have this and a previous edition (Pro Android 3) of the book. That one is an excellent book with excellent reviews. This one (4th edition) is a necessary and nice upgrade since the animation API has changed so much, and this version covers that well. Also, the contacts API has changed. There are other changes to the API that this edition covers. Also, they've added a whole new chapter on the important asynctask related APIs. This edition offers a full comprehensive coverage on fragments and action bar.

Overall, this book series seems to be getting better as the authors research the new APIs and make update. Yes, there is an error where back cover states it contains OpenGL coverage. But the publisher and authors have since then posted that chapter online.

Actually a very good book. But I personally like shorter books (can't read so much). So dinged one start for the sheer bulk - 1000+ page! :-) I wish the authors would come up with a condensed version as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A very good book with lots of examples ...... 23 July 2012
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I found this book when I was searching for a good reference for processes and thread interaction with Android components. This was one of the very few books that explained this concept well. Being new to Android, the numerous stand alone examples covered in each chapter were very helpful. The simple and easy to follow descriptions laid the fundamentals very nicely and stepped me through the APIs that were used in the examples. The numerous references at the end of each chapter added to the breadth and the depth of the coverage.I would recommend this book as a comprehensive book for the coverage of Android SDK components.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Like it! 10 Aug. 2012
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I feel books are a great resource to learn Android. I tend to own
multiple books when I want to learn something new. Because I believe
each other brings a different perspective. Each other might place
emphasis on different topics. The other day I went and bought most
Android books that are on the shelf. :). I have especially developed
affinity to Pro Android 4 from Apress. I liked the fact that the books
covers over 30 topics across 900 pages. All the basics are covered in
about 10 chapters. Then there over 15 chapters of advanced material.
Each topic is covered in lot of depth. All the chapters are updated
for the 4.0 API. In addition the web site for the book comes with 5
free chapters from the previous editions (opengl, titanium, text to
speech, search api, live folders). I also like the fact that these
authors have been working on this series for the past 4 years. And I
see the maturity in this book. In fact I see now that the authors have
been doing actively research on OpenGL ES 2.0 on their companion
website. I like the detail of this book. I also like the summary of
questions at the end of each chapter to see what you are expected to
know and whether you know it or not. For beginners the website for the
book also has a study guide to show how best to learn and profit from
the book. I really like this book!
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