Top positive review
8 people found this helpful
on 5 June 2012
This is a good book and I am pleased that I bought it.
I have a background in Eclipse and Java and I was looking for a book that would get me up and running with Android App development. So far this book is helping tremendously. I am currently 15% of the way through the book and already I am getting the hang of Android App development.
The only thing that I am annoyed about is that lots of the code examples in this book have method calls that are deprecated in the latest Android 4.0.x SDK.
This is more a gripe about the Android SDK itself, rather than the way this book has been put together. It obviously took a while to write the book and it is no surprise that the Android SDK now works slightly differently.
If you're looking for a book to teach you Java and get familiar with Eclipse, then I wouldn't recommend this book, as it jumps straight in with how to use Activities and Fragments and many other wonders of the Android SDK. But I would heartily recommend this book if you're wanting to get straight into Android App development and not mess around with what Java is and how you manage an Eclipse project.
Having said that, I've had to do lots of Googling to find out how to re-code lots of the book's examples, so that they work (non-deprecated) in the latest Android SDK, but I am not fussed about that so much, as the book explains the concepts extremely well.