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Create applications for the latest Android OS

The Android OS is a popular and flexible platform for many of today′s most in–demand mobile devices. This full–color guide offers you a hands–on introduction to creating Android applications for the latest mobile devices. Veteran author Wei–Meng Lee accompanies each lesson with real–world examples to drive home the content he covers. Beginning with an overview of core Android features and tools, the author proceeds to teach everything you need to know to successfully develop your own Android applications.

Beginning Android Application Development:

  • Explains what an activity is and reviews its lifecycle

  • Zeroes in on how to customize activities by applying styles and themes

  • Looks at the components of a screen, including LinearLayout, AbsoluteLayout, and RelativeLayout, among others

  • Details ways to adapt to different screen sizes and adjust display orientation

  • Reviews the variety of views such as TextView, ProgressBar, TimePicker, and more

  • Covers SMS messaging and networking

  • Walks you through how to create an Android Service and interact with it

  • Pares down the most essential steps for publishing Android applications

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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Wei–Meng Lee is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions (www.learn2develop.net). He writes extensively for online publications and magazines on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. In addition, he is the author of Beginning iOS 4 Application Development, as well as many other technology books and articles.


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I agree with those reviewers who gave this book 4 and 5 stars; their reviews are accurate and this book is a good book for beginning Android programming in that there are very clear explanations and very helpful exercises.
The reason why I have only given it one star is that it is NOT a book for a person initiating their programming skills with Android as the current release of the Android SDK plug-in to Eclipse has too many differences from the book. I stumbled for ages on the first exercise where it reported that the android:icon referenced was in error - turned out that it wasn't my typing - the image name wasn't present as expected, there is a new one in it's place.
All the reported faults from the errata web site have been included in the issue I purchased (January 2012) but sadly the book is out of date with the Android world.
So, I repeat, if you are a newbie to any programming stay away from this book until it can be updated to current development.
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All the basics, with few missing areas for the beginner, but good overall.

Bit naughty in that it uses lots of anonymous inner classes - which on a mobile platform costs memory and makes it harder to follow. You have to READ everything to make sure you don't miss anything too and the later explanations can be a bit unnecessary but better than skipping over things too lightly.

Final word - with this and another book I fairly easily managed to make and publish an Android app in under a month.
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I viewed many books on here regarding Android development and, thinking I was indeed the target audience, I started with Android Development for Dummies.... Although not a bad book, it doesn't cover anyway near the amount this book does and not in as much detail either. The basics are all covered first, especially the layouts and then each item and how each item is handled (ie: buttons, checkboxes) You do create many apps, but repetative exercises are good for learning.
I actually want to read every single page in this book and find it well put together, informative, and examples are easily followed. Very glad I got this book rather than being disappointed by others!
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I bought this book because I wanted to acquire as much knowledge as possible about Android, and I must say I was not disappointed. Wei-Meng Lee as an experienced trainer had put a great deal of effort into how he could best communicate Android to a beginner, and he did it excellently. For example on page 105 to 108 the author writes about screen orientation and persistent state information. This area of Android is so well explained better than any other Android book I have read.

This book has a lot of sample code which can be easily incorporated into ones App, and the explanation does not leave you with more unanswered questions. Like most Android books I still believe having a programming background is still a requirement basically because most Android books teach you how to build Apps, and not how to program.

I have enjoyed reading this book and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in mobile application development. A well deserved 5 stars.
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Ran into loads of problems as the author has used API Level 9 which as per Google is obsolete and I was forced to use API level 10. However the debugging section by the author helped me to fix these errors.

In chapter 2 author has asked us to type the code in Bold, but he has forgotten to highlight the USER PERMISSION in android manifest file and this crashed my program. Thankfully his Appendix article on debugging helped me to fix it.

Author has discussed all the concepts in details by giving good examples. He also dissects the code and analyses this thoroughly under the topic HOW IT WORKS

In chapter 3, when giving an example on Absolute Layouts author has given 2 buttons both with the same name Button, he could have given the names Button1 and Button2 for avoiding confusion while displaying.

Due to sudden surge in my project commitments, I had to stop reading after chapter 3. When I revisited this book after a few years, I realized that now Android development has moved to Android Studio which is based on IntelliJ IDEA. The old Eclipse based tooling is not actively developed by Google team anymore.
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I'm wanting to get into android development as a hobby. This book's been a really good introduction to that. I'm now reading through a Java book to revise that as Android is all Java based.

This book covers everything you need to build simple applications in Android, it doesn't talk much about graphics or sound, or anything you'd need for writing games, but does tell you everything you need for a simple database driven application or map based program.
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I've read about 3 books on Android Development, Hello Android, Sams Teach Yourself (24 Hours) and this book.

Though this book does not cover a few topics, the topics it does cover, the majority of useful topics, it covers well. It provides good code examples and explains exactly what is happening in the code and what each method does and the arguments it receives. This is something I felt was lacking from the other two mentioned books.

Reading this book will leave you with the confidence to code your own applications without having to copy classes from the book, trusting or hoping that they will work. With a firm understanding of how the framework functions you will find yourself optimizing the classes used in the examples and creating a robust framework for any future applications you may choose to build.

After reading this book the official documentation will be a much more useful resource.
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