Android A Programmers Guide

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Master the Android mobile development platform

Build compelling Java-based mobile applications using the Android SDK and the Eclipse open-source software development platform. Android: A Programmer's Guide shows you, step-by-step, how to download and set up all of the necessary tools, build and tune dynamic Android programs, and debug your results. Discover how to provide web and chat functions, interact with the phone dialer and GPS devices, and access the latest Google ...

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Overview

Master the Android mobile development platform

Build compelling Java-based mobile applications using the Android SDK and the Eclipse open-source software development platform. Android: A Programmer's Guide shows you, step-by-step, how to download and set up all of the necessary tools, build and tune dynamic Android programs, and debug your results. Discover how to provide web and chat functions, interact with the phone dialer and GPS devices, and access the latest Google services. You'll also learn how to create custom Content Providers and database-enable your applications using SQLite.

  • Install and configure Java, Eclipse, and Android plugin
  • Create Android projects from the Eclipse UI or command line
  • Integrate web content, images, galleries, and sounds
  • Deploy menus, progress bars, and auto-complete functions
  • Trigger actions using Android Intents, Filters, and Receivers
  • Implement GPS, Google Maps, Google Earth, and GTalk
  • Build interactive SQLite databases, calendars, and notepads
  • Test applications using the Android Emulator and Debug Bridge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071599887
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome (J. F.) DiMarzio is a senior Web developer with a leading academic development firm. He works in VB.NET, C#, ASP.NET Java, and many other languages.

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Table of Contents

Ch 1. What is Android

Ch 2. Downloading and setting up Eclipse

Ch 3. Downloading the Google Android SDK and Eclipse Plugin

Ch 4. Exploring the Google Android SDK

Ch 5. Application: Hello World!

Ch 6. Using the Google Android Emulator

Ch 7. Reacting to phone events

Ch 8. Calling the GPS

Ch 9. Application: Note Block

Ch 10. Buttons, Lists, and other Objects

Ch 11. Application: Caller Info

Ch 12. Application: Find Me

Ch 13. Interacting with other Google Services

Ch 14. Troubleshooting and Errors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Incomplete and Poorly Edited

    This book reads like it was rushed to print. The first 100 or so pages are dedicated to environmental set up, before you ever get to code. You are through Chapter 6 before you ever write anything beyond 'Hello World.' When the book finally does take you deeper into the Android environment, it only glosses over the fundamentals of what is actually in the tool kit. The examples in chapter eight amounts to writing an application that does nothing but manipulate a layout surrounding different kinds of widgets. This in and of itself isn't helpful in understanding the full class library, and if it was going to focus on widgets, it could have included more than just four textual ones. It ignores most of the widget API altogether, does not delve into widget life cycle, or the API of the parent abstract classes that each of these widgets are derived from, and ignores most of the interesting ones (Gallery, etc...). The remaining chapters completely ignore Android altogether, and focus on the Google service APIs. While those are cool API's, I can use them in any environment. The Service classes are never discussed at all in this book. Beyond the content problems, the editing is poor as well. For example, in chapter 7, you create a 'Test' class to demonstrate using multiple Activities in an application, yet you never use that class in the application. Instead, you use some other class that is never discussed. It reads as if the author stubbed out the chapter using 'test' as a place holder, and then forgot to remove it. This book will give you a very high level introduction to Android, but experienced programmers will find themselves quickly setting it aside and heading back to Google's document set.

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