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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide [NOOK Book]

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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide: is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience. Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular Android Bootcamp course, this guide will lead you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with all versions of Android widely used today (Android 2.2 - 4.2). Write and run code every step of the way – creating apps that ...
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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

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Overview

Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide: is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience. Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular Android Bootcamp course, this guide will lead you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with all versions of Android widely used today (Android 2.2 - 4.2). Write and run code every step of the way – creating apps that catalog crime scenes, browse photos, track your jogging route, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.

Write and run code every step of the way — creating apps that catalog crime scenes, browse photos, track your jogging route, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.

"Big Nerd Ranch provided the training we needed to get hundreds of engineers building skillfully on Android. This book is a great distillation of that training and will be a huge help to anyone looking to ramp up as well." – Mike Shaver, Director of Mobile Engineering, Facebook

"…a must-have for the developer just starting in Android or ready for more advanced techniques. I was impressed with this book’s content and clarity of presentation. The authors explain simple and complex Android topics with equal ease." – James Steele, author of The Android Developer's Cookbook

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132869102
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Series: Big Nerd Ranch Guides
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 580
  • Sales rank: 265,372
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

BILL PHILLIPS is a senior Android instructor and software engineer at Big Nerd Ranch. He developed the materials for Big Nerd Ranch's acclaimed five-day Android Bootcamp alongside Brian Hardy. Bill has a passion for understanding things deeply and helping others do the same. In his spare time, Bill likes to read and play piano.

BRIAN HARDY is a lead software engineer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch, where he has developed training materials for Android, iOS and Ruby courses. When not teaching or building mobile apps for consulting clients, Brian enjoys riding bicycles and playing records from his extensive collection.

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Table of Contents

1. Your First Android Application
2. Android and Model-View-Controller
3. The Activity Lifecycle
4. Debugging Android Apps
5. Your Second Activity
6. Android SDK Versions and Compatibility
7. UI Fragments and the Fragment Manager
8. Creating User Interfaces with Layouts and Widgets
9. Displaying Lists with ListFragment
10. Using Fragment Arguments
11. Using ViewPager
12. Dialogs
13. Audio Playback Using MediaPlayer
14. Retained Fragments
15. Localization
16. The Action Bar
17. Saving and Loading Local Files
18. Context Menus and Contextual Action Mode
19. Camera I: Viewfinder
20. Camera II: Taking Pictures and Handling Images
21. Implicit Intents
22. Two-Pane Master-Detail Interfaces
23. More About Intents And Tasks
24. Styles And Includes
25. XML Drawables And 9-Patches
26. HTTP & Background Tasks
27. Loopers, Handlers, and HandlerThread
28. Search
29. Background Services
30. Broadcast Intents
31. Browsing The Web & WebView
32. Custom Views and Touch Events
33. Tracking the Device's Location
34. Local Databases with SQLite
35. Loading Asynchronous Data With Loaders
36. Using Maps
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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    I think this a good guide to Android development.  There are a c

    I think this a good guide to Android development.  There are a couple of issues with the book.  After they introduce the graphical interface for doing XML files, they just show the layout and completely assume that you can get at what they need to do.  Also, there are a number of coding errors that cause issues in the larger project in the book.  While this can be resolved on the Big Nerd Ranch site I feel the code should have had another look over before being published.

    That being said, this gives a good foundation to Android programming and concepts.

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