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Not for beginners. No, no it isn't
on 10 April 2011
I bought this book on the back of Sam's Java in 24hrs being so good. Now that is a book which teaches you step by step and leads you through everything.
This book does not.
The problem with it is it tells you to do something without telling you HOW it's supposed to be done. For example, Hour 7: Working with Animation. I quote - "All you need to do is retrieve an instance of your TextView control in the onCreate() method of the QuizSplashActivity class..."
That's all is it? Well the downloadable code is very different from what I would have done and NOWHERE does it say you need to create a new class. Why is this? Because I got this book to LEARN, not to improve. Sam's 24hr Java book has all the code you need in the book and it explains the code line by line. This book would have been great if it were like that but as it is it's a real headache. That example is by no means isolated and I've started from scratch already to try and consolidate what I've learned. It assumes far too much.