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Great intro to Java for Android,
This review is from: Android Apps for Absolute Beginners (Paperback)
For background, I am a computer guy for many years in Linux - but not a programmer. I have in the past used bash, mainly python, and am most comfortable with scripting languages. I had never jumped into java... or OOP in general.
I just got a Droid Razr and wanted to start creating app for it. I downloaded eclipse, sdk, etc, and was working my way through the HelloWorld and other examples at Google Android website. I actually tried to start with Beginning Android Games by apress, but it gets too heavy into java way too quickly. Without a background in Java, it was difficult. You just can't jump into Java in the same way you can jump into scripting languages.
This book provides that line in for people new to Java. The first few chapters are Awesome. I basically went to the local bookstore and compared all of the beginning books - like O'Reily, Learn in 24 hrs books, and other apress books. This book explains every file from the beginning, so gives a good background in Java as it is used on the Android. Also it will not break the bank. The first 5 chapters are well worth the price of admission and cover eclipse setup / apk file layout / java concepts / XML concepts / and interfacing with android.
I will probably get a separate book specifically on Java when I finish this one. And will probably move on to one of the more advanced Android books. But don't let the title turn you away, even if you have some experience. Obviously, this is a huge topic, and this book is a great way to get started. It is not just a 'cookbook' or a book that throws you some quick code to talk with GPS. It covers the basics, and is a better read than the 'dummies' books of this level.