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Learn Java for Android Development

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    A very good Java book

    First let me state that this is a Java book, not specific to Android. It is the first book in Apress's series on Android development, and in that context makes alot of sense. Learn the basics of Java first, then learn the specifics of Android development.

    This book is a very good Java book. The authors depth of knowledge shows in nearly every section. I have been programming in java since its first beta, and found much useful information especially in chapters dealing with newer JDK 5,6, and upcoming concepts.

    A couple of criticisms:
    1. I agree with a previous reviewer about the density. This may be more of an editing issue then the authors issue. For example, I was looking up something about Annotations and a couple of the pages I read did require additional review to fully understand what was being said. On a positive note the material was complete and very useful.

    2. And this may be somewhat of a nit, in a book about learning a new language, the coding style should exemplary. The author does not follow Sun's coding standard of always using {}'s for all 'if', 'for', etc. statements, even if they only contain one statement. By omitting the {}'s for single line 'if' or 'for' statements, it is very easy to introduce a bug, especially if coming from a language like Python where the blocks are defined by the indentation level. In Java, regardless of the indentation, if there are no {}'s then only the next line is part of the 'if' or 'for' construct.

    In conclusion, even as an experienced Java developer, I would recommend this book for both new and experienced Java developers. As it is a new addition to my library, it is a very useful reference for the language.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    not for beginner

    This books title is a bit deceiving. Great in-depth book but, surely not for someone new to java.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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