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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't get much better than this
I have reviewed many books for the ACCU and torn shreds from them. Books written by experts, books written by people who shouldn't be allowed near a computer and everything inbetween and even in the best of these, there has been a failing - I am glad to say that this book does not fall into any of these catagories. Not even close.

This book is an absolute gem...
Published on 16 April 2012 by Nodoid

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1.0 out of 5 stars The book is useless now
The examples doesn't work. It's either wrong or outdated.
Save yourself time and money and avoid this book.
There're some tutorials on Xamarin website.
Published 14 months ago by J. Papciak


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't get much better than this, 16 April 2012
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This review is from: Professional Android Programming with Mono for Android and .NET/C# (Paperback)
I have reviewed many books for the ACCU and torn shreds from them. Books written by experts, books written by people who shouldn't be allowed near a computer and everything inbetween and even in the best of these, there has been a failing - I am glad to say that this book does not fall into any of these catagories. Not even close.

This book is an absolute gem. The code examples are superbly documented and unlike other books, nothing is left to chance or to use the old maxim, you fill in the blanks. Better still, the examples work.

Why is this important?

Okay, before I answer that, let's look at what the book sets out to do. Android development is in Java - yet this book is for development using Xamarin's Mono for Android, so it's in C#. C# is not Java. I can't program in Java - it is a language that makes little sense to me. I can program in C#, so it is talking to me in C#, but on a platform that doesn't use .NET natively. This book sets out to show the C# programmer how to write effective applications on the Android platform and it does this expertly.

The importance of the code running first time, every time is that as it is not a Winforms platform if you don't understand how Android sets things up and requires certain trigger events, then you writing code becomes just that much more difficult. Knowing how to use C# to work on an Android is important - and the book shows the .NET programmer how to transfer standard event calls to Android event calls, interface with the hardware, the browser and every other facility on Android. Best still, it also covers (to a degree) Ice Cream Sandwich.

I do have two small critisisms - neither are huge.

1. It needs to be longer. Something this good need more!
2. I have to download the source examples

Other than that, I can't fault it. This book is an invaluable resource to .NET programmers writing new apps or porting Winform apps to Android.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lifesaver, 27 Feb 2013
This review is from: Professional Android Programming with Mono for Android and .NET/C# (Paperback)
I would recommend this book to anyone just starting on android development with Xamarin.Android and to anyone who already works with it for a while. The book has some simple yet nice and useful examples one of which actually resolved an issue I had on developing an enterprise class project for a client.

The book is well written and though it's not funny and is written in serious and educational tone it's not dry and boring.
It's well worth the money they ask for it even when considering the extra shipping & handling cost. I wish most of programming books were so well written and clear like this one. I for one hope the authors band in together again and write a book with more advanced topics and examples for programmers who've already conquered the topics covered here and are thirsty for more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - but slightly out of date, 7 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Professional Android Programming with Mono for Android and .NET/C# (Paperback)
The most valuable aspect to this book is the raw code samples and lower-level APIs that it shows you how to use. Activities are covered in a decent amount of depth, as are services (including the various different ways that you can write your multithreading). Constructing common UI elements is covered too, specifically the much-needed databound list; and certainly for my needs it's a perfect reference.

The reason I say it's out of date is because it mentions a few times that there are no designers for the view layouts in either MonoDevelop or Visual Studio; which of course is no longer true. Could do with a second edition to strip that content out and get it updated; including perhaps with a bit of detail on ICS and beyond (which is only discussed in a perfunctory manner).

That said, of course the Xamarin website also contains many tutorials and examples to work through, so am I glad I bought it? You bet!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The book is useless now, 14 Jun 2013
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The examples doesn't work. It's either wrong or outdated.
Save yourself time and money and avoid this book.
There're some tutorials on Xamarin website.
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