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Android Essentials is a no–frills, no–nonsense, code–centric run through the guts of application development on Google’s Mobile OS. This book uses the development of a sample application to work through topics, focusing on giving developers the essential tools and examples required to make viable commercial applications work. Covering the entirety of the Android catalog in less than 150 pages is simply impossible. Instead, this book focuses on just four main topics: the application life cycle and OS integration, ...

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Overview

Android Essentials is a no–frills, no–nonsense, code–centric run through the guts of application development on Google’s Mobile OS. This book uses the development of a sample application to work through topics, focusing on giving developers the essential tools and examples required to make viable commercial applications work. Covering the entirety of the Android catalog in less than 150 pages is simply impossible. Instead, this book focuses on just four main topics: the application life cycle and OS integration, user interface, location–based services, and networking.

  • Thorough, complete, and useful work on the nuts and bolts of application development in Android
  • Example driven and practically minded
  • A tool for hobbyists and professionals who want to create production–quality applications

What you’ll learn

  • Understand how an Android application functions and communicates with the handset that hosts it.
  • Comprehend the complexities of timers, services, and multimedia playback.
  • Create and display a rich mix of custom–rendered screens and tailored Android widgets.
  • Understand how location–based services are becoming more and more important in the mobile world.
  • See how to use Google’s powerful Map tool.
  • Explore the intricacies of network connectivity in the mobile world.

Who this book is for

This book is for professional software engineers looking to move their ideas and applications into the mobile space with Android. The author assumes the reader has a passable understanding of Java. They should be able to write classes and handle basic inheritance structures. This book also targets hobbyist developers looking to negotiate the complex minefield of mobile software.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Application
  3. User Interface
  4. Location, Location, Location
  5. Taking Android Out for a Walk
  6. Tying on a Bow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430210641
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

What You Need to Know to Start 1

How to Best Use This Book 2

Getting Started 2

The Android Project 5

Running, Debugging, and Causing General Mayhem 8

Ch. 2 The Application 9

Getting Active 9

Creating the Intent Receiver 19

Who Do You Want to Humiliate Today? 29

Moving Data in Android 34

Part of This Balanced Breakfast 69

Ch. 3 User Interface 41

Easy and Fast, the XML Layout 42

Waking Up the Widgets 55

Custom UI Rendering with the Canvas 67

Using the User Interface 74

Ch. 4 Location, Location, Location 75

Where Am I? 75

Google Maps 80

Ch. 5 Taking Android Out for a Walk 89

Loading a List from the Web 89

Making a List and Checking It 95

The Next Step 102

Looking Back 106

Ch. 6 Tying on a Bow 107

The Making of an Application 107

Other Sources of Information 109

It's Time to Stop Reading and Start Helping 110

Copyright 112

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