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Learn Java for Android Development
     

Learn Java for Android Development

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by Jeff Friesen
 

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Android development is hot, and many programmers are interested in joining the fun. However, because this technology is based on Java, you should first obtain a solid grasp of the Java language and its foundational APIs to improve your chances of succeeding as an Android app developer. After all, you will be busy learning the architecture of an Android app, the

Overview

Android development is hot, and many programmers are interested in joining the fun. However, because this technology is based on Java, you should first obtain a solid grasp of the Java language and its foundational APIs to improve your chances of succeeding as an Android app developer. After all, you will be busy learning the architecture of an Android app, the various Android-specific APIs, and Android-specific tools. If you do not already know Java fundamentals, you will probably end up with a massive headache from also having to quickly cram those fundamentals into your knowledge base.

Learn Java for Android Development, Second Edition teaches programmers of any skill level the essential Java language and foundational Java API skills that must be learned to improve the programmer’s chances of succeeding as an Android app developer. Each of the book’s 10 chapters provides an exercise section that gives you the opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the chapter’s material. Answers to the book’s more than 300 exercises are provided in an appendix. Additionally, author Jeff Friesen has created six bonus chapters that you can download from his personal site, located at http://tutortutor.ca/cgi-bin/makepage.cgi?/books/ljfad.

Once you complete this book, you should be ready to dive into beginning Android apps development. Maybe, start that journey with Apress' Beginning Android.

What you’ll learn

  • The Java language: This book provides complete coverage of nearly every pre-Java version 7 language feature (native methods are briefly mentioned but not formally covered). Starting with those features related to classes and objects, you progress to object-oriented features related to inheritance, polymorphism, and interfaces. You then explore the advanced language features for nested types, packages, static imports, exceptions, assertions, annotations, generics, and enums. Continuing, you investigate strictfp, class literals, synchronized, volatile, the enhanced for loop statement, autoboxing/unboxing, and transient fields. The book also briefly presents most (if not all) of Java version 7’s language features, although not much is said about closures or modules (which were not finalized at the time of writing).
  • Java APIs: In addition to Object and APIs related to exceptions, you explore Math, StrictMath, BigDecimal, BigInteger, Package, Boolean, Character, Byte, Short, Integer, Long, Float, Double, Number, the References API, the Reflection API, String, StringBuffer, System, the Threading API, the collections framework, the concurrency utilities, the internationalization APIs, the Preferences API, Random, the Regular Expressions API, File, RandomAccessFile, stream classes, and writer/reader classes. You will also get a tiny taste of Swing in the context of internationalization.
  • Tools: You will learn how to use the JDK’s javac (compiler), java (application launcher), javadoc (Java documentation generator), and jar (Java archive creator, updater, and extractor) tools. You will also receive an introduction to the NetBeans and Eclipse integrated development environments. Although you can develop Android apps without NetBeans or Eclipse, working with these IDEs is much more pleasant.

    Who this book is for

    This book is for any programmer (including existing Java programmers and Objective-C [iPhone/iPad] programmers) of any skill level who needs to obtain a solid understanding of the Java language and foundational Java APIs before jumping into Android app development.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781430257226
    Publisher:
    Apress
    Publication date:
    02/19/2013
    Edition description:
    2nd ed. 2013
    Pages:
    780
    Sales rank:
    866,723
    Product dimensions:
    7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

    Meet the Author

    Jeff Friesen is a freelance tutor and software developer with an emphasis on Java (and now Android). In addition to writing Android Recipes, Jeff has written numerous articles on Java and other technologies for JavaWorld (JavaWorld.com), informIT (InformIT.com), Java.net, and DevSource (DevSource.com). Jeff can be contacted via his website at TutorTutor.ca.

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    Learn Java for Android Development 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
    tootechy More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    RootNookColor More than 1 year ago
    This books title is a bit deceiving. Great in-depth book but, surely not for someone new to java.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago