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The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Paperback – February 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: CommonsWare, LLC; Revised & enlarged edition (February 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981678009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981678009
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,829,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"extremely well written and easy to follow" --GoogleAndBlog.com (Dec 8, 2008)

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"It's a really good book for beginners; it sure beats reading the Google Android SDK docs and trying to make some sense of them...It was enjoyable reading this book, and all the examples are concise and to the point. The author does a great job conveying convoluted concepts simply, and that's the true value of this book, especially to a beginner."

Customer Reviews

For a technical book, it is entertaining to read!
David L. Anderson
This book has more than paid for itself in the time I've saved looking for answers online.
R. Sullivan
I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to learn Android.
Kami

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Salazar on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first bought Professional Android Application Development and thought it was pretty good as I went through it. However I realized when I started trying to write my own apps that there were huge areas left uncovered in that book. I turned to the online docs but found them to be very skimpy and had several problems I was just stuck with.

Out of desperation I bought this book and have found its coverage to be much much more detailed and helpful than either the online docs or my first Android book.

I think for people who really want to dig below the surface and do more than just simple toy examples, some additional help is needed and this book seems perfect.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2008
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If you're new to mobile development or new to cell phone development, The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development will get you started fast. It covers all of the basics, and gets you far enough to be able to be productive using Google's documentation. What more could you ask?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ravi Purushotma on February 18, 2009
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I've gone through the majority of android books out there. This one (and the other one from commonsware) are clearly the best and end up getting used probably more than the others combined.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Lawson on March 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I ordered the online subscription, and have to say that the CommonsWare Android books are the most straightforward Android books I have seen. The writing style is good, and the examples are presented very well. I would definitely recommend these to anyone starting out with Android development.

However, one of the main reasons I purchased the books was because I was not sure how to properly handle threading, and background tasks within an Activity, and could not find any sufficient material online. Do I use a Handler, AsyncTask, etc? When do I use one over the other? Now while this is covered in chapter 15, I still feel as though I did not get all my answers, or enough to even make an educated decision. The chapter mentions how the AsyncTask uses three data types, but then proceeds to use null for two of those, thereby not giving me any clue as to how to use them properly.

Also, the discussion of Handlers mentions that both messages and Runnable objects can be used, but only covers Runnables in one small paragraph.

Additionally, the examples used are not realistic at all. I would love to see an example to do a common task, like periodically polling a URL in the background thread and updating the UI.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sprayberry on December 31, 2010
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This book and the series are probably the best books out there. I had read 6 other books and waded through the online reference, but after getting ahold of this book and its associated books I learned so much more and a lot of it comes from how the material is presented. The online reference without a point of reference left me scratching my head after reading these books even though a year old on the shelfs tought me more in a weekend then I learned with other books over 3 months. Online material is so sketchy and usually posted by amatuers that this book really helped to find the problems and solutions that I had never realized.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Sullivan on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book provides a great way to learn the android SDK. Coupled with the Google online documentation and Google Groups (android beginners & developers), this combination makes fast work of most learning challenges. I've found this book invaluable as an immediate reference, and rarely needed to ask others for help because of it. The author is also quite active in giving assistance to subscribers when they need some clarification of the code.

This book has more than paid for itself in the time I've saved looking for answers online. I can't praise it enough. Not to mention the fact that I've already downloaded the early release of the Advanced Android book as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on April 26, 2009
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This book has already been useful for solving problems I was experiencing during application development. It's well written, easily understood, and clearly will help anyone attempting to do Android Application development, and the product level or OEM level. It is NOT an instruction on the inner workings of Android, and as Google advances every day, I wonder if such a book could even be up to date.

Regardless, I found this book helpful, and am glad I purchased it. I would definitely recommend it. A few caveats: I would prefer a more detailed index section, but was able to find what I needed regardless. Furthermore, this is not an instructional on JAVA. You will need a thorough introduction to JAVA to succeed in App development on Android.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kami on May 12, 2010
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I have been using Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development when I want to reference how to implement certain features in Android. I read the relevant chapter and sometimes look at the source code that goes with the chapter. The book is well written and much easier to understand than the reference material at the Google Android website.

I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to learn Android.
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Mark Murphy is the founder of CommonsWare and the author of the Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development and other books on Android application development. He is active in supporting the Android developer community, from answering questions on StackOverflow to publishing sample code and reusable components as open source.

A three-time entrepreneur, his experience ranges from consulting on open source and collaborative development for the Fortune 500 to application development on just about anything smaller than a mainframe. He has been a software developer for over 25 years, from the TRS-80 to the latest crop of mobile devices. A polished speaker, Mr. Murphy has delivered conference presentations and training sessions on a wide array of topics internationally.

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