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An essential stockpile of ready–to–use, unique Android recipes

Covering the scope of multiple Android releases through Android 4.1, this essential reference is a must–have collection of ready–to–use Android recipes. Each chapter contains various recipes that address common everyday challenges and features a task description, followed by the solution(s) available, and a customizable, stand–alone project file that illustrates the use of the recipe. Packed with almost 100 recipes, this helpful book serves as your resource to successful solutions.

Here are some of the helpful recipes and solutions you′ll find in Android Application Development Cookbook:

Android Fundamentals

Programmatically Registering a Broadcast Receiver, Auto–Launching Your Application at Boot Time, Calling Built–In Apps, Making Your Application Callable By Others

User Interface, Views, and Lists

Implementing a Star Rating System, Loading from an Assets Folder, Displaying Context and Options Menus, Displaying Dialogs, Implementing Paging, Customizing the ListView, Animating the Changing of Images Using the ImageSwitcher

Telephony, Messaging, and Networking

Blocking Outgoing Calls, Auto–Answering an Incoming Call, Getting the Phone Number, IMEI, and SIM Card ID, Monitoring Outgoing SMS Messages, Intercepting Incoming SMS Messages, Consuming XML Web Services, Creating a Socket Server, Creating a Socket Client, Creating a Bluetooth Chat Application, Finding a User–Friendly Address Using Reverse Geocoding and Vice Versa

Location–Based Data Services

Obtaining Geographical Location Using GPS, Wi–Fi, or Cellular Networks, Location Data Logging, Capturing Pictures with the Camera, Switching on the Flashlight, Capturing Barcodes

Persisting Data

Saving and Loading User Preferences, Creating a Preference Screen, Saving Files to the Data Directory, Saving Files to the Cache Directory, Saving Files to External Storage, Attaching Files to Your Project

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About the Author

Wei–Meng Lee is the founder of Developer Learning Solutions (www.learn2develop.net), a technology company specializing in hands–on training in the latest Microsoft and Apple technologies. He writes extensively for online publications and is also the author of Beginning Android 4 Application Development and Beginning iOS 5 Application Development.

Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.


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Assuming you already know the basics of Android this is a brilliant book to use as reference. Forgot how to send an intent to another activity, or how to give the user the option to choose which activity they want to use to handle your intent; just look for the relevant "recipe" in the book and it has several code examples and explains what is happening, as well at pitifuls and things to watch out for. Very valuable reference!

It is written for Jellybean, but it is still appropriate for Kitkat and Lollipop.
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This book has helped me to move on in leaps and bounds in terms of my understanding of Android development. For me learning by example is a great approach and this is what this book provides. Hopefully the author will write more.
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I love this book. I have tried most of the codes in the book and they WORK! There is a good balance between explanation and code. The author goes straight to the point. The topics covered are very broad however I felt programing background activities was not really dealth with properly. There is no perfect book but this is an amazing book!
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Bought this book and instantly used three of the recipes to get my App working within a week. All the code imported into Eclipse and ran as described on both a Nexus 4 and an Amazon Kindle Fire HD with no modifications.

Originally couldn't get the Map examples from chapter 7 to work. Since I revisted the Wrox website the chapter and examples have all been updated. Excellent.

I found using the recipes as an great way to learn Android programming, far more beneficial than an Android course I went on.

Pity he couldn't have made it 99 or 100 Recipes for Building Winning Apps. 93 sounds a bit lame!
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I buy a lot of development books and most the time never get around to reading them.

I brought this book because it cut straight to the point where you know what you want to do in another language but don't know how to do it in Android. This covers 99% of the things you need to do to build business apps.

Hope they keep updating it.
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