Android Apps for Absolute Beginners [NOOK Book]

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Anybody can start building simple apps for the Android platform, and this book will show you how! Android Apps for Absolute Beginners takes you through the process of getting your first Android applications up and running using plain English and practical examples. It cuts through the fog of jargon and mystery that surrounds Android application development, and gives you simple, step-by-step instructions to ...

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Overview

Anybody can start building simple apps for the Android platform, and this book will show you how! Android Apps for Absolute Beginners takes you through the process of getting your first Android applications up and running using plain English and practical examples. It cuts through the fog of jargon and mystery that surrounds Android application development, and gives you simple, step-by-step instructions to get you started. 





  • Teaches Android application development in language anyone can understand, giving you the best possible start in Android development


  • Provides simple, step-by-step examples that make learning easy, allowing you to pick up the concepts without fuss


  • Offers clear code descriptions and layout so that you can get your apps running as soon as possible




What you’ll learn


  • Get yourself and your computer set up for Android apps development


  • Use the Eclipse programming environment to make your Android development efficient and straightforward


  • Follow steps in plain English to build simple apps and get them working immediately


  • Style your application so that it appeals to potential users


  • Make use of the Android’s touch screen


  • Use shortcuts and cheat sheets to create apps the easy way


  • Use the basics of Java and XML to move onto more advanced apps




Who this book is for


If you have a great idea for an Android app, but have never programmed before, then this book is for you. You don’t need to have any previous computer programming skills—as long as you have a desire to learn, and you know which end of the mouse is which, the world of Android apps development awaits!



Table of Contents


  1. Preliminary Information: Before We Get Started


  2. What’s Next? Our Road Ahead


  3. Setting Up an Open Source Android Development  Environment


  4. An Introduction to Java, XML and How Android Works


  5. An Overview of the Android Application Framework


  6. Screen Layout Design: Views, ViewGroups and Layout Types


  7. User Interface Design: Buttons, Menus, Dialogs and Alerts


  8. Designing Graphics for Android: 2D Images & Animation


  9. Adding Interactivity: Handling UI Events


  10. Understanding Content Providers


  11. Understanding Intents and Intent Filters


  12. The Future: 3D, Widgets, Bluetooth, Maps, Search, and More




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430234470
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 173,379
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Wallace Jackson has been writing for leading multimedia publications about his work in new media content development since the advent of Multimedia Producer Magazine nearly two decades ago, when he wrote about computer processor architectures for centerfolds (removable "mini-issue" insert) distributed at SIGGRAPH. Since then, Wallace has written for several other publications about his work in interactive 3D and new media advertising campaign design, including 3D Artist, Desktop Publishers Journal, CrossMedia, AVvideo and Kiosk Magazine.
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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Superb examples and explanations of how Android works keeps you on track for the daily tweaks of the open source IDE and SDK's adding new features.

    Other cookbooks suffer from recipes for earlier versions of the IDE and SDK's while this one provides explanations of how they work prior to the examples so daily IDE and SDK changes don't stop you in your tracks. The how and why in this book sets it above all the others. None of the books can keep up with the continuous open source online development tools improvements so reading this book prepares you to understand the daily tools improvements by Google, Oracle and Eclipse without reading all the online daily updates.
    As an experienced programmer I appreciate the intent of making Android available to non programmers and this book achieves that purpose. Object oriented programming is explained in every day activities like comparisons to familiar things like a car. Maybe, this a guide to programming for artists, craftsmen and other do-it-yourself people.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Seems okay

    With the help of this book I was able to create simple apps for my Nook tablet within a few hours, having set up the development environment and learned a few basics. I have not finished this book, but have one caution. I find the screen shots mostly useless on my Nook tablet. They are too small and the text is often unreadable, even when double tapped to open them in full screen mode.

    Once again, I have not nearly finished this book, so just a caution about a 7 inch tablet.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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