Beginning Android Application Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 8 Apr 2011
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From the Back Cover
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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About the Author
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far, about 2/3 of the way through, the pace of learning is just right if you have a grasp of Java already. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2013 by Mark V
I have only got through chapter 2 so far. The book guides you 'how to' fairly well but is a bit short on the reasoning. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
For information: This book was published in April 2011 and there is now an Android 4 version published March 2012.
Beginning Android 4 Application Development
As a beginner in Android programming I liked the book, it is easy and has good progressive examples. Has good printing quality.Published on 23 May 2012 by OneAmazonShopper
I found this to be an excellent book. I'm an experienced (if rusty) programer with a background in C and VB, so I needed to understand the foibles of developing for Android. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2012 by Eddie Stewart
Only on chapter 3 and I'm a bit overwhelmed already, within the second chapter the book has you typing out 2 page spreads of code into various xml files. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2012 by Ryan
Having started to develop in Android in my free hours I had been always reading stuff from the Internet, mainly from Android Developers site. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2012 by HMTVALADAS