The updated edition of the bestselling guide to Android appdevelopment
If you have ambitions to build an Android app, this hands-onguide gives you everything you need to dig into the developmentprocess and turn your great idea into a reality! In this newedition of Android App Development For Dummies, you'll findeasy-to-follow access to the latest programming techniques thattake advantage of the new features of the Android operating system.Plus, two programs are provided: a simple program to get youstarted and an intermediate program that uses more advanced aspectsof the Android platform.
Android mobile devices currently account for nearly 80% ofmobile phone market share worldwide, making it the best platform toreach the widest possible audience. With the help of this friendlyguide, developers of all stripes will quickly find out how toinstall the tools they need, design a good user interface, graspthe design differences between phone and tablet applications,handle user input, avoid common pitfalls, and turn a "meh" app intoone that garners applause.
- Create seriously cool apps for the latest Android smartphonesand tablets
- Adapt your existing apps for use on an Android device
- Start working with programs and tools to create Androidapps
- Publish your apps to the Google Play Store
Whether you're a new or veteran programmer, Android AppDevelopment For Dummies will have you up and running with theins and outs of the Android platform in no time.
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
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
Most Helpful Customer 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.
He kind of cheated on me.