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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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About the Author
BILL PHILLIPS is a senior Android instructor and software engineer at Big Nerd Ranch. He developed the materials for Big Nerd Ranch's acclaimed five-day Android Bootcamp alongside Brian Hardy. Bill has a passion for understanding things deeply and helping others do the same. In his spare time, Bill likes to read and play piano.
BRIAN HARDY is a lead software engineer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch, where he has developed training materials for Android, iOS and Ruby courses. When not teaching or building mobile apps for consulting clients, Brian enjoys riding bicycles and playing records from his extensive collection.
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One word of warning: like most programming books, there are a few mistakes and because Android is a moving target, you'd be well advised to go to the Big Nerd Ranch website and download the accompanying code from there. You'll also find a forum for readers to exchange hints, tips, discuss the best way of doing something, etc. From a practical viewpoint, the best programming book on Android I've found so far.
I can't say that it is bad.
But it's far from great.
Let me say at the outset that my interest in Android apps is purely utilitarian: I carry no torch for the joys of coding for its own sake.
And I strongly agree with the modus operandi of this book, i.e. learning through coding a series of gradually more complex sample apps. But of course some apps are much more interesting (and thereby more stimulating) than others. So after 200 pages of learning through coding apps centering on "office crimes", I felt I had to cut loose and start rolling a couple of my own.
This book also uses Eclipse as its IDE and while this was fine up to a year or so ago, I think most now accept that Android Studio is the more professional development environment - hardly a wonder as it was created by people who were purposely paid to do so.
I'd like to see the Big Nerd Ranch people face up to the new challenge and add app examples that engage ordinary people more -- from the book's very outset. For example, things like audio, image or video related applications, a common game or two and maybe even a mild number cruncher.
Book contains good UML diagrams of the structure of the apps; essential to understand the interactions between the multiple objects needed in the Android ecosystem.
Good book, looking forward to an update at some point and will no doubt buy that too.
10/10, would totally recommend it.
I was coming from 6 years of professional Java development, and 3 years of Java at uni. This assumes you know Java, although in places it can be a little bit too thorough with some of the Java concepts, but these make up very little of the book. For Android development though it is excellent. I've got the iOS programming one to and will move onto that at some point. I don't expect to have any issues with it based on this though.
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Great intro in to developing with Android. This issue is a little out of date with regards the IDE, but with a bit of common sense, the techniques can be applied in the newest IDE... Read morePublished 9 months ago by solder core Sophi e
I had been working on the Android app of a big mobile network provider in UK before getting this book, for about a year. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Christophe J. M. Danguien
Very clear and understandable guide.
Perfect for beginners yet comprehensive of everything you need to build an average app.