The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK / Edition 2

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Do you want to get started building apps for Android, today’s number one mobile platform? Are you already building Android apps but want to get better at it? The AndroidDeveloper’s Cookbook, Second Edition, brings together all the expert guidance and code you’ll need.

This edition has been extensively updated to reflect the other Android 4.2.2 releases. You’ll find all-new chapters on advanced threading and UI development, in-app billing, push messages, and native development, plus new techniques for everything from accessing NFC hardware to using Google Cloud Messaging.

Proven modular recipes take you from the basics all the way to advanced services, helping you to make the most of the newest Android APIs and tools. The authors’ fully updated code samples are designed to serve as templates for your own projects and components. You’ll learn best-practice techniques for efficiently solving common problems and for avoiding pitfalls throughout the entire development lifecycle. Coverage includes

  • Organizing Android apps and integrating their activities
  • Working efficiently with services, receivers, and alerts
  • Managing threads, including advanced techniques using AsyncTasks and loaders
  • Building robust, intuitive user interfaces
  • Implementing advanced UI features, including Custom Views, animation, accessibility, and large screen support
  • Capturing, playing, and manipulating media
  • Interacting with SMS, websites, and social networks
  • Storing data via SQLite and other methods
  • Integrating in-app billing using Google Play services
  • Managing push messaging with C2DM
  • Leveraging new components and structures for native Android development
  • Efficiently testing and debugging with Android’s latest tools and techniques, including LINT code analysis

The AndroidDeveloper’s Cookbook, Second Edition, is all you need to jumpstart any Android project, and create high-value, feature-rich apps that sell.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321897534
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 7/19/2013
  • Series: Developer's Library Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 967,975
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronan “Zero” Schwarz, cofounder of OpenIntents, has built Android apps since 2007 and helped create SplashPlay and Droidspray–top Google Android Developer Challenge finalists.

Phil Dutson is lead eCommerce developer for ICON Health and Fitness. He wrote Sams Teach Yourself jQuery Mobile in 24 Hours.

James Steele, vice president of engineering at Sensor Platforms, focuses on helping app developers leverage user motion and context information more easily.

Nelson To markets multiple apps at Google Play. He has worked on enterprise Android apps for Think Computer, Inc., AOL (AIM), Stanford University, and Logitech.

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Table of Contents

Preface xxi

About the Authors xxv

Chapter 1: Overview of Android 1

The Evolution of Android 1

The Dichotomy of Android 2

Devices Running Android 2

Hardware Differences on Android Devices 6

Features of Android 10

Android Development 11

Software Development Kit (SDK) 12

Google Play 16

Managing Reviews and Updates 19

Alternatives to Google Play 20

Chapter 2: Application Basics: Activities and Intents 21

Android Application Overview 21

Activity Lifecycle 31

Multiple Activities 36

Chapter 3: Threads, Services, Receivers, and Alerts 51

Threads 51

Messages between Threads: Handlers 58

Alerts 63

Services 69

Broadcast Receivers 82

App Widgets 85

Chapter 4: Advanced Threading Techniques 89

Loaders 89

AsyncTasks 91

Android Inter-Process Communication 94

Chapter 5: User Interface Layout 109

Resource Directories and General Attributes 109

Views and ViewGroups 112

Text Manipulation 124

Other Widgets: From Buttons to Seek Bars 130

Chapter 6: User Interface Events 145

Event Handlers and Event Listeners 145

Advanced User Interface Libraries 168

Chapter 7: Advanced User Interface Techniques 177

Android Custom View 177

Android Animation 183

Accessibility 189

Fragments 191

Chapter 8: Multimedia Techniques 199

Images 199

Audio 206

Video 217

Chapter 9: Hardware Interface 221

Camera 221

Other Sensors 227

Telephony 231

Bluetooth 236

Near Field Communication (NFC) 243

Universal Serial Bus (USB) 248

Chapter 10: Networking 251

Reacting to the Network State 251

Using SMS 255

Using Web Content 263

Social Networking 275

Chapter 11: Data Storage Methods 287

Shared Preferences 287

SQLite Database 297

Content Provider 306

File Saving and Loading 312

Chapter 12: Location-Based Services 315

Location Basics 315

Using Google Maps 325

Using the Little Fluffy Location Library 337

Chapter 13: In-App Billing 343

Google Play In-App Billing 343

Chapter 14: Push Messages 349

Google Cloud Messaging Setup 3 49

Sending and Receiving Push Messages 351

Receiving Messages 353

Sending Messages 356

Chapter 15: Android Native Development 361

Android Native Components 361

Chapter 16: Debugging 371

Android Test Projects 371

Eclipse Built-In Debug Tools 377

Android SDK Debug Tools 380

Android System Debug Tools 390

Appendix A: Using the OpenIntents Sensor Simulator 395

Setting Up the Sensor Simulator 395

Adding the Sensor Simulator to an Application 398

Appendix B: Using the Compatibility Pack 401

Android Support Packages 401

Adding the Support Library to a Project 408

Appendix C: Using a Continuous Integration System 409

Appendix D: Android OS Releases 411

Cupcake: Android OS 1.5, API Level 3, Released April 30, 2009 411

Donut: Android OS 1.6, API Level 4, Released September 15, 2009 411

Eclair: Android OS 2.0, API Level 5, Released October 26, 2009 412

Froyo: Android OS 2.2, API Level 8, Released May 20, 2010 412

Gingerbread: Android OS 2.3, API Level 9, Released December 6, 2010 412

Honeycomb: Android OS 3.0, API Level 11, Released February 22, 2011 413

Ice Cream Sandwich: Android OS 4.0, API Level 14,Released October 19, 2011 413

Jelly Bean: Android OS 4.1, API Level 16, Released July 9, 2012 414

Index 417

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