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on 28 August 2014
Book gets off to a very bad start. You're invited to download the authors example programs to get started with, however the author has not picked one API level and stuck to it. This means you'll have to download many copies of the runtime, about 15 gigabytes in my case. Had the author just picked one API and stated which API to download, this would save so much wasted time and effort. On top of that, one of the examples seems to reference a (not bundled) twitter library that's hardcoded to a Windows directory. Until that's fixed, all the source files seemed to show an error.

Not much thought put into a book that's going to be for newbies, who'll need a lot of handholding and expect things to work as described in the book. Not recommended.
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on 15 August 2015
The book is well written and informative however please be aware the compiler used in the book is no longer the recommended program to use. (Now android studio) While converting the examples is educational it is time consuming, I'd wait for an update or look to another publication in the meantime.
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on 25 February 2014
This is an ideal start to help Android Developers understand Java. I was really struggling with Java but things are much clearer to me now, thanks to this book. There are lots of examples that you can download and the author responds if you need clarification. Learning code has been a challenge to me and this book has helped me overcome many hurdles. I'll be referring to it as time goes on. Well written by an expert.
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on 25 January 2015
Yeh, very 'appy' with purchase.
Made some good super useful apps for my customers with this book.
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on 10 September 2014
This is a very good book. To start learning java with little or no programming language knowledge. Picking this book up only knowing a slight bit of python and a little HTML it clearly explained everything and by the end overall made me feel very secure in writing basic program's for android and java.

I believe there is roughly 13 chapters, the first two cover the setup and downloading of all the things you need, and there's a lot! After downloading the basic things you do need to download a lot of versions of android. This can all be done from the coding environment easily but I feel it is worth a mention since there is a lot of downloads and takes a while since you have to download pretty much every API from 8 to 22.

After all of the downloading the next chapter briefly explains how java works internally and some of the history of android before you get into the coding, however this is all skippable due to the books none linear layout. As the author states in the very first pages you can skip through the book at any part without it affecting the space, time continuum to harshly.

And finally onto chapter 4 where the coding begins, and from then on I must say it is a very, very good book. It explains code In a way that Is very helpful and does a good job of getting the code into your brain. First of all in the chapter it will explain something, a concept, for example 'an object' before showing you the program and then spending the rest of the chapter explaining said program.

Whether you have experience of coding or not this book is very informative and explains a lot of the things in an easy to digest way whilst also managing to make you laugh every now and then. By the end you will be dying to make an app and will have all the tools and the reference to do it in a way that won't hurt your brain too hard. It's only been a week since I finished my copy and I already feel like a java professional and can't wait to learn more.
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on 10 June 2014
Started OK but further into the book I realised I needed to know a lot more about Java. I also found the android examples wouldn't work for me - maybe doesn't suit the latest Java software
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on 12 February 2014
As with all these DUMMIES texts this is a useful introduction to a popular subject and helps the reader to get started. Good value books for the money.
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