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Android User Interface Development: Beginner's Guide based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This Book's title is "Android User Interface Development: Beginner's Guide" and I think it holds true to it's promise. Just be certain you aren't looking for an Android programming beginner's guide, because this book does not cover programming basics. It does cover all sorts of user interface considerations, and presents them in Packt's usual cookbook style. The book follows a pattern, where the reader is introduced to a topic, followed by the sections "Time for Action", "What Just Happened" and "Have a Go, Hero". "Time for Action" is a series of instructions that spell out exactly what to do for a sample scenario. "What Just Happened" follows up with an explanation of why the reader was asked to execute the instructions. "Have a Go, Hero" is a section challenging the reader to extend the spoon-fed instructions by implementing a next-step challenge. Readers who are familiar with UI programming in another environment (especially Java's Swing) will find many concepts familiar. There's not much overview given, so readers new to the area will often find themselves accepting terms at face value and stepping out on faith as to why they're being asked to change some value or tweak a configuration. The end results of diligently following the instructions will be a working UI that runs in the Android emulator, though, so the reader can see the results of what they've done if not immediately understand all the working parts. Each section is very well contained, so it doesn't take very long to follow the recipe for a given section. Many UI considerations are covered-- accepting and validating user input, style, animation, etc. UI concepts are this books forte, and I'd give it good marks for outlining these for the Android platform. I'd consider this book a great resource for any Android developer who's looking to provide functional and professional interfaces.