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The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK: Building Applications with the Android SDK (Developer's Library) [Paperback]

James Steele , Nelson To
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October 27, 2010 0321741234 978-0321741233 1

Want to get started building applications for Android, the world’s hottest, fast-growing mobile platform? Already building Android applications and want to get better at it? This book brings together all the expert guidance–and code–you’ll need!


Completely up-to-date to reflect the newest and most widely used Android SDKs, The Android Developer’s Cookbook is the essential resource for developers building apps for any Android device, from phones to tablets.


Proven, modular recipes take you from the absolute basics to advanced location-based services, security techniques, and performance optimization. You’ll learn how to write apps from scratch, ensure interoperability, choose the best solutions for common problems, and avoid development pitfalls. Coverage includes:

  • Implementing threads, services, receivers, and other background tasks
  • Providing user alerts
  • Organizing user interface layouts and views
  • Managing user-initiated events such as touches and gestures
  • Recording and playing audio and video
  • Using hardware APIs available on Android devices
  • Interacting with other devices via SMS, web browsing, and social networking
  • Storing data efficiently with SQLite and its alternatives
  • Accessing location data via GPS
  • Using location-related services such as the Google Maps API
  • Building faster applications with native code
  • Providing backup and restore with the Android Backup Manager
  • Testing and debugging apps throughout the development cycle


Turn to The Android Developer’s Cookbook for proven, expert answers–and the code you need to implement them. It’s all you need to jumpstart any Android project, and create high-value, feature-rich apps that sell!


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About the Author

James Steele was doing post-doctoral work in physics at MIT when he decided to join a startup in Silicon Valley. Fifteen years later and he continues to innovate, bringing research projects to production in both the consumer and mobile market. He actively presents and participates in various Silicon Valley new technology groups.


Nelson To has more than ten applications of his own in the Android Market. He also has worked on enterprise Android applications for Think Computer, Inc. (PayPhone),AOL (AIM), Stanford University (Education App), and Logitech (Google TV). He also assists in organizing the SiliconValley Android Meetup Community and teaches Android classes both in the Bay Area and China.

Product Details

  • Series: Developer's Library
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (October 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321741234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321741233
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cookbook book November 23, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Contains good explanations about examples, plenty code ready to use, chapters are well divided, doing and showing exact what the topic says, no examples that you have to go implementing on it each chapter. Cover 100% of Android 2.0 and probably 95% of 2.2 version. It really helped me to start developing applications for Android platform.
Explanations start from download the SDK, Eclipse, plugins and how to setup everything, has the basic things as Activity classes, how to create all sort of Android .xml files, and the advanced knowledge as how works with Threads, that's in similar way of Java though the implementations is different, covers everything that will will need to develop all sort of applications to Android. Everything full of very useful examples.
It's worth the price.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, saved me many hours of development time November 29, 2010
By Alina
Application development for Android is a very time consuming process. This book provides a balanced collection of recipes that help "cooking" of the application code faster. For me, it was a big time saver since I found multiple code samples applicable to the project that I am working on. For example access to the phone censors was very well described in the book and code sample was ready for cut-and-paste into my project. Process of adding Google maps was also described in sufficient details so the process of digging into the Google API doc was much shorter than it would be if I did not have this book in my disposal. Highly recommend to everyone developing Android apps!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 1, 2010
I really love this book. The way it is organized and the progression at which the material is presented is spectacular. I have read some others books but quickly put them back on the shelf because the way they explain things were just too confusing. I highly recommend this book to all levels of programming experience. whether you are new to android development like me or already highly skilled, there is great resource in here you can use for your own applications. Highly recommend this book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK for some things, but not as the only Android book August 4, 2011
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I was hoping to have to buy only one book to learn Android from scratch, but this is not the one. I think it assumes too much about the Android-specific background of the reader.

It's got a lot of good stuff on a lot of items, but it lacks depth of explanation about most things. It also does not even mention Tabs, a very important widget, and one of the items I was really interested in. I was shocked to see how thin the book is compared to several other books describing GUI programming for several platforms. He really saved some trees on this one. :-)

He's got some explanation of how to use the Eclipse environment too, and that was helpful.

It does contain a cookbook of various code fragments to implement various things, and that will probably be helpful at some point, but not at ground zero.

For instance, he does show how to create a page layout in XML (the preferred way) and then in java, but I'm missing the big picture of how it all ties together. How do you do some layout stuff in XML and some programatically? There's a bit about the connection between XML and java (to use both) but not enough. Does the Manifest file need an intent-filter just on the activity that happens when you start running the program? Or all of them? How do you decide? This is is the sort of stuff that's not explained.

The index is lacking as well, there is no punctuation items listed at all. For instance, after reading the whole book, I know I saw a small blurb about the id="@+android:id/xxx" construct, but I have no idea where now so I can re-read it and I have no way to find it without going thru the whole book again. And so I don't know why sometimes you use @+ and sometimes just @.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I have no Android experience and very little Java experience. But I do have over 20 years of C/C++/C# experience.
I found the overview to be very helpful, especially the lifecycle figure. The introduction really helped clarify the Android development platform.
I basically wanted a book that would cover general topics in Android development without a lot of hand-holding. I just wanted snippets of code.
The code samples cover everything from UI layouts, to events, to data storage methods, and so on.
I find that I keep going back to the book as I work on my own Android application for more clues on new problem areas.
This is NOT a beginner book nor is it good if you want a lot of structured "click here, type this, etc".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It exceeded my expectations December 5, 2010
By Benson
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I am very appreciated on how this book was written, it's not only the best Android book I have read, it definitely is one of the best tech book I have read. The order and content of material was very well thought, example was very well prepared, great background knowledge was given, result in reusable, extandsible, understandable recipe. I like how the wording are easy to understand, example are in the right length. In alot of situation when I have a question in mind while reading the example, it will be answered clearly by reading a few more sentence below the section. This book can be quick to go through, I finished it in a weekend and is able to get started to work on my android project, save me alot of time. Definitely will recommand this book to others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
My instructor used this book in my class and I love the prewritten code. Makes devoping apps less cumbersome to write.
Published 3 months ago by George A Sautner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good list of sample code.
A lot of it can be found online, but more often than not, something is usually missing online. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DavyMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Android Apps Easier
Writing an app is never simple, but this book makes Android apps easier to create and debug.
Well written and easy to follow.
Published 11 months ago by Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
This is a very useful book for developers. It contains a lot of examples and explains all popular themes. It has only one bad thing: schemes not scalable((
Published 19 months ago by Andrey Bryukhanov
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cookbook
It is a good cookbook on Android. A must have for Android programmers.

You will probably need more than one book on Android, this one should be definitively be one of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Etienne Savard
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done.
This book has a lot of good working examples that will help those who already understand the basics of Android enhance their skills.
Published on May 5, 2012 by Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not a beginning Android programmer's book
This book offers many examples on how to program various basic and common tasks for the Android environment. I guess that's why it's called a "cookbook". Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by David E. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for an Android begginer
I was totally new in the Android world with a few background knowledge about Java programming, so I decided to read something interesting, so I pick up this one and I must say that... Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Pablo Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Tutorial
#1 I've been in professional software development for almost 3 decades. Some of the books I have read have been better used for starting campfires than for learning development. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Old book was sent
This is the first time , I got disappointment from Amazon for sending an used book
when I ordered a new book :(

I am a beginner for Android development. Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by nvselvendran
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