Professional Android 2 Application Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 26 Feb 2010
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From the Back Cover
Build unique mobile applications with the latest Android SDK
Written by an Android authority, this up–to–date resource shows you how to leverage the features of Android 2 to enhance existing products or create innovative new ones. Serving as a hands–on guide to building mobile apps using Android, the book walks you through a series of sample projects that introduces you to Android′s new features and techniques. Using the explanations and examples included in these pages, you′ll acquire the foundation needed to write compelling mobile applications that use Android, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to future enhancements.
Professional Android 2 Application Development:
Reviews Android as a development platform and¿best practices for mobile development
Provides an in–depth look at the Android application components
Details creating layouts and Views to produce compelling resolution independent user interfaces
Examines Intents and Content Providers for sharing data
Introduces techniques for creating map–based applications and using location–based services such as GPS
Looks at how to create and use background Services, Notifications, and Alarms
Demonstrates how to create interactive homescreen components
Explores the Bluetooth, telephony, and networking APIs
Examines using hardware, including the camera and sensors such as the compass and accelerometers
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real–world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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About the Author
Reto Meier is a software developer who has been involved in Android since the initial release in 2007. He is an Android Developer Advocate at Google.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author has updated and enhanced the entire book to cover the rich features of the newer Android offering. I find that his deep understanding of concepts behind Android translate into one of the easiest to understand guides to getting started available today. If you are thinking about getting into Android then I highly recommend this as a solid starting place to learning the fundamentals of Intents, Activities, Receivers, Services, Content Providers, etc...
Once you're through the fundamentals you'll also find that this book covers a wide range of the features available, giving any developer a good solid bag of tools and best practises to use in day to day development and a very handy reference with well written code samples.
Of course it won't answer all your questions or solve all your problems, but once you are up and running and really understand the fundamentals and the have a solid grasp of what's possible then there are a growing abundance of web based Android resources/sites/forums available and a particularly helpful and vibrant community to get you around any sticky issues.
I bought this book last week and have been reading it cover to cover. I've used it a few times for reference too and the index is pretty thorough.
At 17 quid, it's fantastic value given the breadth and depth of the material.
PS If you're interested in a decent blog, try Googling "Android and Amir". Good stuff.
1. Android overview.
2. Create basic Android app.
3. Add (for example) colour/layout improvements to basic app.
4. Refactor code/consolidate theory introduced.
5. Add another new concept...etc..repeat 3 and 4.
OK, this is a pain. But I bought a book that does not do what it says on the back cover.
Also some tasks that we are taught as the author goes through the book seem just unnecessary at that point, eg. on page 70 the author asks us to create 2 png files to use with our application but he doesn't actually implement them in the interface so we don't see how they look in the app. What was the point of creating them then?!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great if you want to start programming Android apps.
The book descripes many good subject and easy to read.
The book is awesome but not as detailed as the Professional Android "4" Application Development by the same author. But all in all... Read morePublished on 24 May 2012 by senimii
Though this book goes into a lot of detail on near all feature of android 2 development, It lacks completeness in certain tutorials (possibly on the assumption that the reader... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2012 by Dave
Before I say anything if you are looking to develop for 2.0 then this is definitely the book for you, but 2. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2011 by Barry
This book is a very good introduction to developing apps for Android devices.
The book assumes a knowledge of the Java programming language but anyone reasonably... Read more
This book assumes a good knowledge of Java and a willingness to type in a significant amount of code, which helps you to learn the points being made. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2011 by Amazon Customer
First of all i'll start out by saying i am a technical person, and take to technical documentation like a duck to water. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2010 by S. Roberts
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