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About the Author

Wallace Jackson has been writing for leading multimedia publications about his work in new media content development since the advent of Multimedia Producer Magazine nearly two decades ago, when he wrote about computer processor architectures for centerfolds (removable "mini-issue" insert) distributed at SIGGRAPH. Since then, Wallace has written for several other publications about his work in interactive 3D and new media advertising campaign design, including 3D Artist,Desktop Publishers Journal, CrossMedia, AVvideo and Kiosk Magazine.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Absolute Beginners
  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 3 edition (August 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484200209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484200209
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. mahoney on December 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
I consider myself an intermediate Java Programmer, but new to Android and mobile development. So, maybe absolute beginner may not be applicable to me. I like how the author provides a top down view of the topics - I wish some of my college professors did that. Big picture first, then down to the gory details.
When starting out, it may not be apparent why you need to know why or how a VM functions, and what the difference between bytecode and binaries are but you will appreciate having an understanding of that later. Hand holding IS expected when "absolute beginner" is part of the book's title, so I didn't mind this. Most of my development is done in Linux, so the open source software discussed are like old friends to me.
I for one, would hate to pick up a book on Android development and then have to spend more money on additional software such as Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas, Adobe Audition,etc. in order to follow along with the examples.
I setup my Development Platform with Android Studio (I do have Idea 14 too) and was still able to follow along with the Eclipse references. But then again, I'm not new to Eclipse. If you're looking for a good start to Android development I would recommend this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ranjan Rehman on November 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
The writing style of the author is very difficult to follow. His over use of parenthesis makes the topic very difficult to follow because it feels like he's trying to put in two ideas into a single sentence. This book is also loaded with errors. Not so much with the code, but the steps. For example, he'll ask you to open up an image file called ImageButton1source.png from the book download material. The problem is the file is actually called MilkyWay.jpg. Once you figured that out, you then have to open a file called ImageButtonRing.png, but that file is nowhere to be found in the downloadable material. All this is very frustrating if you are following along step by step in the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Padovano on September 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
The books chapters are well chosen for someone learning android from the ground up, and if you follow the exercises you will take things away that are valuable to learning android development. The books value ends there, most chapters get so focused on covering every detail about a particular part of the android API that it gets lost in the details. To make it even worse the way it was written is very hard to follow for someone who has significant development experience. The book also decides to use open source image editing software for the sections of the book that cover visual design, I have no idea why those chose software that so few people use or why they even covered image editing at all. That is a very different topic and skill set. It cannot be grouped in with software development in a single book. It just tries to do to much. It's not all negative but I do wish I made a different choice, be pre-paired to read several other books on android development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Django Durango on March 10, 2015
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It's already obsolete. Eclipse and the SDK and all of that have been replaced entirely by Android Studio. I had hoped I could still learn the basic principles if I found the necessary software and followed the guides, then apply those skills to Android Studio afterwards. However, I had to search high and low for the ADT Bundle that this book relies on, only to find that it still wouldn't work because it needs some update that Android doesn't provide because it's no longer supporting that method of development.
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