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

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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 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 14 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 500 exercises are provided in an appendix. A second appendix provides a significant game-oriented Java application, which you can convert into an Android app.

Once you complete this book, you should be ready to dive into beginning Android app 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 basic language features (e.g., comments, types, expressions, and statements), you progress to those features related to classes and objects, followed by 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, synchronized, volatile, the enhanced for loop statement, autoboxing/unboxing, and transient fields.
  • Java APIs: In addition to Object and APIs related to exceptions, you explore Math, StrictMath, BigDecimal, BigInteger, String, StringBuffer/StringBuilder, Boolean, Character, Byte, Short, Integer, Long, Float, Double, Number, the Threads API, System, Runtime, Process, the Collections Framework, the Concurrency Utilities, Date, Formatter, Random, Scanner, the ZIP and JAR APIs, File, RandomAccessFile, stream classes, and writer/reader classes, InetAddress, SocketOptions, Socket, ServerSocket, DatagramSocket, MulticastSocket, URL, URLConnection, URLEncoder, URLDecoder, NetWorkInterface, InterfaceAddress, CookieHandler, CookieManager, CookieStore, CookiePolicy, Buffer, ByteBuffer, CharBuffer, DoubleBuffer,FloatBuffer, IntBuffer, LongBuffer, ShortBuffer, MappedByteBuffer, Channel, WritableByteChannel, ReadableByteChannel,ScatteringByteChannel, GatheringByteChannel, FileChannel, the Regular Expressions API, JDBC, and more.
  • Applying these: 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 Eclipse integrated development environment, which is the official standard for developing Android apps.


Who this book is for

This book is for any programmer - including existing Java programmers and Objective-C-based iPhone and 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.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started with Java

2. Learning Language Fundamentals

3. Discovering Classes and Objects

4. Discovering Inheritance, Polymorphism, and Interfaces

5. Mastering Advanced Language Features Part 1

6. Mastering Advanced Language Features Part 2

7. Exploring the Basic APIs Part 1

8. Exploring the Basic APIs Part 2

9. Exploring the Collections Framework

10. Exploring Additional Utility APIs

11. Performing Classic I/O

12. Accessing Networks

13. Migrating to New I/O

14. Accessing Databases

A. Appendix A: Solutions to Exercises

B. Appendix B: Four of a Kind

C. Appendix C: Odds and Ends***

***NOTE: Appendix C is not included in the physical book. Instead, it's distributed as a PDF file that's bundled with the book's code. As well as covering updated topics from the previous edition of this book (e.g., References, Reflection, and Preferences), this 138-page appendix includes new content.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430264552
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
02/23/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1200
Sales rank:
650,732
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Jeff Friesen is a freelance tutor and software developer with an emphasis on Java (and now Android). In addition to authoring Learn Java for Android Development and co-authoring Android Recipes -- Jeff has written numerous articles on Java and other technologies for JavaWorld (a href="http://www.JavaWorld.com"JavaWorld.com/a), informIT (a href="http://www.InformIT.com"InformIT.com/a), a href="http://www.java.net"Java.net/a, and DevSource (a href="http://www.DevSource.com"DevSource.com/a). Jeff can be contacted via his website at a href="http://www.tutortutor.ca"TutorTutor.ca/a.

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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.
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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