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Programming Android [Paperback]

Zigurd Mednieks , Laird Dornin , G. Blake Meike , Masumi Nakamura
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August 5, 2011 1449389694 978-1449389697 1
Thank you for making Programming Android a huge success! This edition has been superseded by the second edition, ISBN 1449316646, also sold here on Amazon.com.

What does it take to build well-engineered Android applications? Explore Android's core building blocks and APIs in depth with this authoritative guide, and learn how to create compelling apps that work on a full range of Android devices. You'll work with proven approaches to app design and implementation--including application frameworks that you can use as a starting point for your own projects.
Delve into sensors, native development, 3D graphics, and many other topics, and discover how to build apps on the platform of your choice. If you're an intermediate to advanced programmer, you'll learn how to make great Android apps.
  • Learn how to use the Android SDK with the Eclipse IDE
  • Apply advanced Java concepts regardless of your experience with the language
  • Create an Android user interface that's captivating and easy to navigate
  • Use the Fragment API for tablet user interfaces
  • Make your application compatible with Honeycomb and earlier versions
  • Understand Android's unique database design issues and the role of SQLite
  • Use sensors and gestures to expand your app's input beyond just tapping and scrolling
  • Explore Android APIs for multimedia, location, communication, NFC, and other applications


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We set out to write a book that goes beyond the basics - that doesn't just tell you "what" but also "why" and how best to make use of your knowledge to create rich, compelling Android apps.
This book at aimed at people with some programming experience. It will tell you how to turn your knowledge of Java, iOS programming, and other experience into productive results in Android.
Android is new and different, and the best Android software takes advantage of how Android enables you to store data, communicate between processes and applications, and how Android applications interact with the Android operating system. This book will help you build those advantages into your apps.

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"Finally! A book that goes into deail! Hooray!" -Perry J. Nally, FeetDog.com
"Great work... couldn't put it down" -Wenjing Dai, developer

Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449389694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449389697
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A rarely disappointing book from O'Reilly December 16, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have bought dozen of IT books from O'Reilly and never got disappointed until I got this one. The authors try to cover everything but turn out covering nothing deep enough to be helpful in practice.

Taking Chapter 10 "Handling and Persisting Data" for example, the book first comes with an overview of relational database, which is good. Then it comes to a piece of code introducing SQLiteOpenHelper, a key component for handling Android data persistence. Just when I am expecting a section to continue on how to actually use this SQLiteOpenHelper to do real work, it stops there suddenly and comes out with another totally unrelated social networking code. I really can't see the point why it's composed in this way.

Similar things happen for other chapters. I am doing an Android project right now. In the beginning, when I needed to understand a specific technical usage, my first action was to reference this book (from reliable Oreilly). More often than not it failed to satisfy me. Android Documentation site and StackOverflow become the only way that can answer my question.

My overall opinion is that the book failed to handle a large and diverse topic like Android programming. Not recommended.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I had a need for using Android in a research setting for advanced
mobile networking. Though I have a strong Java and mobile programming
background, I have no familiarity with Android. I needed to get up
to speed quickly, and thought I would go with an OReilly book, usually
a good bet.

I ended up using the intro to quickly
get started with eclipse, and then moved into the view section to put
together an interface without much trouble (useful examples),
and am looking at the
advanced sections to learn about Android's NFC feature. The 3rd
section is enlightening, saving me from some design mistakes that I was
sure to make. I did, however, feel that some of the information in the
later chapters was over
my head, targeted at an audience with more outside knowledge.

Overall, the book is both good at introducing the basics of Android,
and covering the more advanced topics.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read in a new generation of Android books. August 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book goes past the basics and provides a deeper level of understading of every topic it touches. It has a particular focus on how Android's data archiecture provides a model for apps that use a Web service, improving apperent
performance and presentation of data.

It is also the first in-depth book to cover Fragment and related classes that go into making Android tablet user interfaces. Additionally, it covers the compatibility library that enables running Fragment-based UIs on pre-Honeycomb versions of Android.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Android August 17, 2011
By VJ
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been waiting for a while for a book like this for Android Technology. I have been doing general programming for several years. I found this book very educational and here are a few sections in the book that really stood out:

Chapter 7 of the book titled "Building a View" provides an excellent understanding on how the "views" in Android work. The explanation by the authors, using diagrams showing how the traditional model view controller architecture comes together in Android is very educational. I have been waiting for a good tutorial along these lines for some time.

Chapter 12 and 13 deal with content providers. The extensive treatment of content providers with example code and a sample application provided me several new insights in how this technology works, and how it can be used in real programming situations. The content provider framework for storing and referencing data using URIs is one of the novel features of the Android operating system. Great work in explaining the technology step by step!

The discussion on 2D and 3D graphics is also very informative. I learned a lot from this book. I would highly recommend this book to any developer or any Android Project Manager. Even experienced developers may learn a thing or two, if they go through this book. An excellent book, on Android.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good on Android architecture but not for beginners December 18, 2011
Format:Paperback
Programming Android provides a good, comprehensive view of Android application architecture, but for someone already familiar with java, it starts slowly...reeeeeeeeaallly slowly. There are sections on installation of the Android SDK, basic concepts of standard java (like its type system), a long introduction to Eclipse...even a section on the preferred location to store java source code.

To be fair, the book proclaims at the very beginning that it's written for people of all backgrounds, not just java, and it's got to cover the basics for those who might, say, know iOS but not server-side java. But for me, the book didn't really get interesting until it launched into a detailed description of concurrency and serialization on Android. From there, it kept going at a fast clip all the way into advanced topics, like NFC, sensors, and audio and video.

Layout, which some Android references get bogged down in, is explained conceptually in the context of MVC architecture. The book doesn't spend time introducing all the standard view classes or going through their properties. You'll find a good description of how Android measures and arranges UI components, but you won't find simplistic code examples for the onMeasure() method.

The book goes through the Android framework and advocates how it thinks a non-trivial app should be organized. It keeps mobile issues like battery life, connectivity, and asynchronicity in the forefront of all its discussions, and it provides extended examples on things like how to write your own content provider and how to incorporate Google maps.

Programming Android is really not for beginners. If you want simple code examples to get up to speed on basic concepts, you're better off starting with the online dev guide and other resources.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as advertised :-)
It was received in perfect condition (like-new), it's as if I am the first user of this book, and within a reasonable amount of time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Swaroop Joshi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro+Advanced Android Resource
Want to get into Android programming? What better than a book called Programming Android from O'Reilly! :) This is a GREAT resource! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas A Harning Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid code examples
Programming Android is well done and comparable to a SAMS book on Android Programming but you should have some basic programming skills prior to this book.
Published 13 months ago by Ronald G.
2.0 out of 5 stars Enough to whet your appetite... and leave you hanging.
I completely agree with Jason Geng's review. I purchased this book over a year ago hoping to get my feet wet in Android development. Read more
Published 13 months ago by WAYNE MCGEE
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem
This review is for the 2nd edition, published in September, 2012

I had begun to loose faith in O'Reilly, but this book has restored it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thomas J. Trebisky
3.0 out of 5 stars Marginally Helpful
This book is somewhat dated and does not provide the latest devices or SDK. It does provide some good information, but other books do it better.
Published 17 months ago by Kevin K. Kemp
3.0 out of 5 stars So close to being really good...
Yes, I realize there is a new edition of this book. I still wanted to drop a line for those who may buy this book instead of the new edition. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cameron M. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Android programming book out there
This book has so much it's tough to know where to start. In typical OReilly fashion this book covers every thing you need to know and also provides a great reference for many... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Duenas
2.0 out of 5 stars Very unpleasant on Kindle
I bought this on Kindle, and there is no way to jump to a certain chapter.

There are only four vague sections that you can jump to. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bob
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book on Android - for programmers
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars. It does cover all the basics and starts you off on many of the advanced topics and has a lot of material that is great for looking stuff... Read more
Published 20 months ago by David J. Kelley
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