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ISBN-13: 978-1118027707 ISBN-10: 1118027701 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118027701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118027707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Android rocks! Here's how to claim your place in the hot Android app market

If you've ever considered developing apps for the incredibly popular Android OS, there is no time like now! This book will take you from Android novice to confident programmer. You'll learn the nuts and bolts of Android programming, how to take advantage of mobile devices, important finishing touches for your app, how to take it to market, and more.

  • Tools of the trade — install and use Java, Eclipse, and the Android SDK, and learn about XML and object-oriented programming

  • Your intents — learn what to do with intents and intent filters, activities, broadcast receivers, and content providers

  • Keep it cool — explore ways to create cool Android apps that make the most of mobile device features

  • Publishing pointers — test your app and explore publishing venues in addition to the Android Market

  • Android alternatives — discover what you can do with App Inventor and explore the freedom of Native Development

Visit the companion website at www.dummies.com/go/androidappdevaio for updates, comments, additional information, answers to questions readers often a sk, and a way to chat with the author!

Open the book and find:

  • Elements common to all Android apps

  • How to use Java and XML

  • Suggestions for user-friendly layouts

  • Things to think about when creating apps for tablets

  • Useful troubleshooting and debugging tips

  • Ways to optimize app performance

  • Requirements for submitting your app to the Android Market

  • How to "rough it" without Eclipse

About the Author

Barry Burd is an accomplished Java educator and author. He teaches computer science and mathematics at Drew University and leads training courses for professional programmers in the business and industry fields. Barry is the author of Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies.

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Dr. Barry Burd has an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. As a teaching assistant in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, he was elected five times to the university-wide List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students.

Since 1980, Dr. Burd has been a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. When he's not lecturing at Drew University, Dr. Burd leads training courses for professional programmers in business and industry. He has lectured at conferences in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is the author of several articles and books, including Java For Dummies and Android Application Development All-in-One For Dummies, both published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Dr. Burd lives in Madison, New Jersey with his wife and two kids (both in their twenties, and mostly on their own). As an avid indoor enthusiast, Dr. Burd enjoys sleeping, talking, and eating.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Peters on August 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Although experienced with a few other languages, this was my first stab at android programming, so I can give a beginner's prospective. The installation as described went smoothly, so I was quickly up and running. My own installation of Eclipse looked somewhat different from the illustrations in the book, but the descriptions were clear enough to follow. The first problems I encountered had to do with managing windows within Eclipse, a topic Barry doesn't address. Fortunately, any issues that came up were well documented on the internet, so it took only a few days to become familiar.

Although the first few programs ran well, I started getting errors as I copied the code, which made me wonder if I was running a different version. This led me to Barry's website, which had all the code available for download. After installing, I noticed a lot of red "x"'s (signifying errors), but they were easily resolved by changing the project.properties target number to one which I had installed. One project still had errors, so I emailed Barry and got several suggestions. Running "Fix Projects" in the Android Tools directory resolved the problem.

Armed with actual coded examples that exactly follow the book (and that work!) cleared up any misinterpretations that I made previously, and my learning curve improved quickly. I contrast this to previous attempts going through books of programming languages and struggling with code that didn't seem to work.

I also found the examples useful and interesting. In the first series of exercises, you can already click on check-boxes that perform an internet search for selected topics. Barry clearly spent lot of time putting this all together in a coherent, step by step modality in addition to providing personal support. I can't think of any way he could have made it easier for anyone who wants to learn.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joe Diviak on May 15, 2012
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I have a copy of another Android development book, Sams Teach Yourself Android Application Development in 24 hours. The first part of that book is OK, but it gets very hard quick and near impossible to understand what you are doing, so I bought Android Application Development for Dummies with Barry Burd's Java for Dummies. The Java book, which I recommend as well, gave me a good Java foundation before tackling Android Application Development.

Barry's writing is very clear and concise and he makes sure you understand what is going on completely with multiple examples. Between his thorough explanations on how things work and his great sense of humor, the book hits the points it needs to while making it an interesting read. Also, when I had questions, Barry is available a good amount of the time through his website and is more than happy to answer anything through IM.

And now, I can officially call myself an Android developer.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By diggymacd on March 3, 2012
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If you're looking to get started with Android, you could do worse than get this one. It covers all the essentials of the Android development world, along with some background extras on Java and XML. Like any book attempting to cover a very large subject area, you might quibble with the emphasis on one aspect or another. For example, it might be better to leave out the "extra" stuff on Java, assuming that anybody buying this book would already know some Java (or could find another book on the subject) and cram in a little extra on Android development specifically. Or maybe it would have been better to focus strictly on Eclipse API development, rather than spend pages on alternate development possibilities. But that's a quibble. The author has a light and humorous touch and provides just enough to get you out of the starting gate. My only hope--perhaps not realistic--is that new editions will address the inevitable changes in a rapidly evolving field.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 2, 2013
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I found this book after being disappointed by 2 other Android development books (Luckily I was able to return them). This book focuses on how to make GUIs, how to handle external events (like low power, screen on, etc), reading and writing to the built in DB, and basic web functionality. While the other books had "more" topics, this books choose to keep it simple and really explain fewer topics in detail. This book focuses on making sure you've mastered the basics, and (correctly) assumes you can google for more advanced topics as you need them.

The book is broken into 6 "mini-books". Books 1 and 2 go over the basics of Java and Android. If you're a professional developer with java experience, you can safely skip this section. Book 3 is where the Android specific information starts. Unlike the other books I have read, the author assumes you've got enough Java skills at this point to focus exclusively on Android specifics. Books 3-6 cover android basics like GUI, storage and logging, and a quick primer on getting your app in Google Marketplace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TCommenter3 on March 16, 2012
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I have skimmed through this book (I will be using various bits and pieces of it) and it is very detailed for Android software development. There are numerous code examples provided and some alternative development resources are listed. The techniques are generally explained well. I am surprised how comprehensive the book is for being a Dummies book.
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