Android App Development For Dummies

Android App Development For Dummies

by Michael Burton, Donn Felker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119017929
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 280,933
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Burton is the Head of Mobile Engineering at Groupon and creator of the popular RoboGuice programming framework for Android. He's the author of the OpenTable, Digg, TripIt, and award winning Groupon Android apps, and has addressed conferences around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Your First Android Application 7

Chapter 1: Developing Spectacular Android Applications 9

Chapter 2: Prepping Your Development Headquarters 25

Part II: Building and Publishing Your First Application 39

Chapter 3: Your First Android Project 41

Chapter 4: Creating the User Interface 65

Chapter 5: Coding Your Application 79

Chapter 6: Understanding Android Resources 107

Chapter 7: Turning Your Application into an App Widget 119

Chapter 8: Publishing Your App to the Google Play Store 139

Part III: Creating a Feature-Rich Application 155

Chapter 9: Designing the Tasks Application 157

Chapter 10: Creating the Task Detail Page 181

Chapter 11: Going a la Carte with Your Menu 199

Chapter 12: Handling User Input 211

Chapter 13: Getting Persistent with Data Storage 233

Chapter 14: Reminding the User 265

Chapter 15: Working with Android Preferences 279

Part IV: Android Is More than Phones 293

Chapter 16: Developing for Tablets 295

Chapter 17: Supporting Older Versions of Android 315

Chapter 18: Wearing the Tasks App 333

Chapter 19: Look Ma, I’m on TV! 357

Chapter 20: Moving beyond Google 381

Part V: The Part of Tens 393

Chapter 21: Ten Free Sample Applications and SDKs 395

Chapter 22: Ten Tools to Simplify Your Development Life 399

Index 403

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Android App Development for Dummies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Are you an Android application developer beginner? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Michael Burton, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that distills hundreds, if not thousands of pages of Android documentation, tips, tricks, and tutorials, into short format that allows you to go forward into your future as an Android developer. Author Burton, begins by looking at reasons to develop Android apps. The author then walks you through the necessary steps to install the tools and frameworks so that you can start building kick-butt Android applications. He also shows you how to create a simple “Hello Android” application that requires no coding whatsoever. Next, the author helpds you delve into the fun stuff: Building a real application and publishing it to the Google Play Store. In addition, he shows you how to write the Java code, from soup to nuts. The author also shows you why resources are important in Android. He also explains how to build an app widget for your application. Next, the author shows you how to publish your application to the Google Play Store. In addition, he introduces you to the Tasks application, which you build later. The author also shows you how to create the TaskEditActivity and TaskEditFragment. Then, he continues by showing you how to add option and context menus to the fragments in the Tasks app; but, you could just as easily add them to an activity, too. Next, the author focuses solely on user input in the form of alert confirmation, free-form text, and dates and times. In addition, he delves deeply into creating and updating an SQLite database and producing a ContentProvider to access it. The author also discusses how to understand scheduled tasks. He also delves into the Android preferences framework and describes how to incorporate it into your applications. Next, the author gives you an overview of the differences between phones and tablets, and then shows you how to design the Tasks application to work on both types of devices. Then, he continues by showing you how to make the tasks app backward compatible to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In addition, the author focuses on building a second app that runs directly on the watch. He also shows you how to port the Tasks app to Android TV. Next, the author shows you how to port your application to the Fire OS and then publish it via Amazon. Then, he continues by listing some of the best sample applications that can help springboard you on your way to creating the next hit application. Finally, the author lists ten tools and utilities that can simplify your development life by increasing your productivity and ensuring that your app is up to snuff. This excellent book isn’t a recipe book, but it gives you the basic knowledge to assemble various pieces of the Android framework to create interactive and compelling applications. Also, throughout this great book, you’ll use the Android framework classes, and you’ll create Java classes and XML files.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He kind of cheated on me.