Android Application Development For Dummies

Android Application Development For Dummies

by Donn Felker, Steven Holzner

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Overview

The fun and friendly guide to creating applications on the Android platform

The popularity of the Android market is soaring with no sign of slowing down. The open nature of the Android OS offers programmers the freedom to access the platform's capabilities and this straightforward guide walks you through the steps for creating amazing Android applications. Android programming expert Donn Felker explains how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and submit your finished products to the Android Market. Featuring two sample programs, this introductory book explores everything from the simple basics to more advanced aspects of the Android platform.

  • Takes you soup through nuts of developing applications for the Android platform
  • Begins with downloading the SDK, then explains how to code Android applications and submit projects to the Android Market
  • Written by Android guru Donn Felker, who breaks every aspect of developing applications for the Android platform into easily digestible pieces

No matter your level of programming experience, Android Application Development For Dummies is an ideal guide for getting started with developing applications for the Android platform.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470770184
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Donn Felker is an independent consultant specializing in Android and .NET technologies. He has been a technical architect, software developer, and programmer analyst for more than a decade, with experience that covers desktop, Web, and mobile development.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The Nuts and Bolts of Android.

Chapter 1: Developing Spectacular Android Applications.

Chapter 2: Prepping Your Development Headquarters.

Part II: Building and Publishing Your First Android Application.

Chapter 3: Your First Android Project.

Chapter 4: Designing the User Interface.

Chapter 5: Coding Your Application.

Chapter 6: Understanding Android Resources.

Chapter 7: Turning Your Application into a Home-Screen Widget.

Chapter 8: Publishing Your App to the Android Market.

Part III: Creating a Feature-Rich Application.

Chapter 9: Designing the Task Reminder Application.

Chapter 10: Going a la Carte with Your Menu.

Chapter 11: Handling User Input.

Chapter 12: Getting Persistent with Data Storage.

Chapter 13: Reminding the User with AlarmManager.

Chapter 14: Updating the Android Status Bar.

Chapter 15: Working with Android’s Preference Framework.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Great Free Sample Applications and SDKs (With Code!).

Chapter 17: Ten Tools That Make Your Developing Life Easier.

Index.

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Android Application Development for Dummies 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
EloquentMess More than 1 year ago
I used to write Java software a while back, so I'm fairly familiar with the syntax, though there were a few points I was rusty with before picking up this book. The book says it's for any individual, regardless of programming experience, but it dives into the Java language without any form of introduction, simply assuming that the reader has prior experience. In order to keep up with what this book is doing, I had to purchase another book simply to re-learn the basics of the Java language. Yet, even after the refresher, the book still seems to fly headlong through Android app development, with a cursory explanation of concepts and code. It's just enough to get my feet wet, but at the end of it all I still don't feel confident even with the basics. One good thing about this book is that it helped me understand the underlying fundamentals of how the Android OS works, which has helped me plan my future projects. TL;DR - Before reading this book, make sure you have a basic understanding of Java and the Eclipse IDE. It's a good intro to the Android environment, but it will leave you wanting for more.
BennyBunky More than 1 year ago
This is the first Android book I've read that made me literally rejoice: "I GET IT." Great for beginners. I can finally make sense of android applications and how they work. I would love to see the author create a part II moving into advanced topics. Maybe "Android 'X' SDK Programming For Dummies" will fill that void? Get this book! And then grab as many android recipes/tutorials as you can and work through them. And then ... profit.
satisfiedBB More than 1 year ago
As with most "Dummy" books the focus is on the newbie. This is a very clear and concise book on the basics (and a little more) of Android app development. I have read other books before but they become bogged down in the fine details too quickly. This book keeps the broad picture in mind and, most importantly of all, doesn't forget who the "audience" is.
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