Learn Java for Android Development [NOOK Book]

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Learn Java for Android Development, Third Edition, is an update of a strong selling book that now includes a primer on Android app development (in Chapter 1 and Appendix C, which is distributed in the book’s code archive). This book teaches programmers the essential Java language skills necessary for effectively picking up and using the new Android SDK platform to build mobile, embedded, and even PC apps, especially game apps.

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Overview



Learn Java for Android Development, Third Edition, is an update of a strong selling book that now includes a primer on Android app development (in Chapter 1 and Appendix C, which is distributed in the book’s code archive). This book teaches programmers the essential Java language skills necessary for effectively picking up and using the new Android SDK platform to build mobile, embedded, and even PC apps, especially game apps.

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 APIs in order to improve your chances of succeeding as an effective Android app developer. This book helps you do that.

Each of the book’s 16 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 700 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 one-of-a-kind book written by Jeff Friesen, an expert Java developer and JavaWorld.com columnist, you should be ready to begin your indie or professional Android app development journey.





What you’ll learn
  • The Java skills
    necessary for Android development
  • The core Java language
    fundamentals
  • Classes, objects,
    inheritance, polymorphism, and interfaces
  • Advanced Java language
    features (such as generics)
  • The basic Java APIs
    necessary for Android (such as the String class and threading)
  • The Collections Framework
    for organizing objects
  • The Concurrency
    Utilities for simplifying multithreading
  • Classic and New I/O
  • Networking and database
    access
  • Parsing, creating, and
    transforming XML documents
  • Additional APIs for
    creating and accessing ZIP and JAR files, and more
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 the Concurrency Utilities

11. Performing Classic I/O

12. Accessing Networks

13. Migrating to New I/O

14. Accessing Databases

15. Parsing, Creating, and Transforming XML Documents

16. Focusing on Odds and Ends

17. Appendix A: Solutions to Exercises

18. Appendix B: Four of a Kind

19. Appendix C: Getting Started with Android***

***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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430264552
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 2/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 293,348
  • File size: 4 MB

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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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    A very good Java book

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    not for beginner

    This books title is a bit deceiving. Great in-depth book but, surely not for someone new to java.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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