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Android Apps for Absolute Beginners Paperback – August 13, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1484200209 ISBN-10: 1484200209 Edition: 3rd

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  • 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: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 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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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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