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Creating Android Applications: Develop and Design Paperback – December 25, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0321784094 ISBN-10: 032178409X Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Develop and Design
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032178409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321784094
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Haseman has been writing mobile software in various forms since 2003. He was involved in several large-scale BREW projects, from MMS messaging to Major League Baseball. More recently, he was an early Android engineer behind the doubleTwist media player, and is now the lead Android developer for Tumblr. He’s a faculty member of General Assembly in New York City, teaching Android development. He lives in Brooklyn, where he constantly debates shaving his beard.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Broadmeadow on January 23, 2012
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I'm very conflicted about reviewing this book because I genuinely liked it and would probably give it a 3.5 stars. So I went back and forth between "3 stars or 4, 3 stars or 4?" Normally I wouldn't write this long of a review for a book but this could be a first rate tutorial/reference.

The writing is clear and the author does a commendable job of covering the materials without glossing and without getting sucked into some of the deeper technical cesspools. He makes specific note of where those deep spots are and is quite frank about his book not being the place to get into them. On the other hand he isn't lightweight and he covers the principles of threading and does so through out the text. Without being tedious or dull he keeps reminding the reader of when things are being spun up on the main thread and how that is not where the work should be done and reminds the reader how to do it correctly. He made good choices for his materials.

I'd like to say this would be a great book for a beginner but there are some real caveats. I wouldn't hesitate to teach a class using this book since I'd be there for the student. Just a few examples of problems:

There are a number of places where the text refers to "pointers" being passed to methods. While I understood the meaning perfectly well and could shrug, that error doesn't belong in a beginner's book. There are a few code typos. I'd like to see more design patterns even if they aren't explicitly called out as such. Anonymous inner classes can be confusing to noobs and take a bit of parsing for them to read.

While I call this a "beginner's book", I think experienced Java developers who are new to Android will like this book as it gets the central and necessary points.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allen Levin on January 27, 2012
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In looking at several books on Android I find this one to be the best written and most enjoyable to read. Most of the books take you down the path of developing applications. In that former style of writing, development just becomes a process. The reader is not really given the detail required to fully understand the why. This writer is doing more to explain Android, the structure and workings of the various classes and configuration files. Understanding the framework is more important than the process. He digs just deep enough to make the read enjoyable and leaves the reader with a better foundation.
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