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Android Apps for Absolute Beginners 1st ed. Edition
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As time moved on, I began to learn and understand the concepts of OOP when I started studying Objective-C (for iPhone app development) and C# (for Microsoft Windows Phone 7). I watched some free online video tutorials as well as read several books on the subject. Finally it clicked and I understood the power of using classes in OOP. I'm not an expert, but I do think I made it over the learning hump and was ready to tackle Android programming again. Fortunately for me, there now exists several books on the subject of Android programming to choose from.
So with that background, I read through the "Android Apps for Absolute Beginners" book and found it to be an easy book to read and understand. It is designed for non-Java programmers, so it teaches the basics of Java, just enough to help you with learning Android programming. With each chapter you work several examples which illustrate the basic concepts of how to create and use buttons and other controls, dialog boxes, multiple "activity" screens, etc.Read more ›
Some of the criticism in the reviews is fair. There are examples of code provided, some of which has typos (even in the 2nd edition). I had to look closely at the screenshots for the correct code. There are steps missing from the frame-based animation example. The screenshots also appear to be from an older version of Eclipse, which can be confusing. I also wish the author would've stayed consistent with the actual coding of objects, instead of using the Graphical method. I don't think you're doing anyone any favors by having them learn the drag 'n drop method, as opposed to real programming. That's like showing someone how to use the microwave and calling that a cooking lesson.
My criticism aside, I think this book is a great launching point. You learn how to properly setup your IDE. You learn the fundamentals of XML and Java, as they pertain the Android development. You gain exposure to some of the most commonly used API's. Bottom line, I got what I needed from this book which was to understand the basics. If you are already versed in Java, XML and OOP, then you can probably skip this one altogether.
Just wanted to add I'm into Chapter 8 and typing in each section of code as the author lays it out...the builds fail to compile properly. I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why the program doesn't build, about ready to give up. Again...good review are probably coming from people not actually typing in code as the author want you to. Not good.
I downloaded and updated the software according to the author's instructions and I have found that the screen shots in the book, while helpful, are not what I see on my screen. Maybe I am using more updated and recent software due to the update software instructions and prompts? It is very frustrating at times to follow along with his examples as the software I am using does not always match with his screen shots and some of his step by step instructions do not match with the software I am using.
In Chapter 7 "Adding an Image" the author asks us to "Go to the code bundle for this book and copy the two 32-bit image files named image1.png and image2.png...". My question is what code bundle? I have re-indexed my hard drive and searched for both files but cannot locate them. If anyone that reads this review knows where they are please post to let me know.
When writing code for the examples please remember to not put a blank line as the first line of code as this may generate an error message.
(Oct. 12 update)On the first physical page of this book it has the title "Android Apps for Absolute Beginners", turn the page over and at the bottom, it mentions that the source code for this book is available to readers at [...]. You must download this software or you will be unable to do the examples in Chapters 7 and 8. Not sure of the rest of the Chapters as I have only progressed to Chapter 8. I feel this is a major error on the authors part.Read more ›
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The first and only edition of this book is Copyrighted 2011, and is now painfully outdated. The software and syntax used in this book varies significantly from what is now... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Scott Schollmeyer
Much better than the PHP for beginners book I worked with prior to this...Simple walkthroughs, explanation and entry level prep.Published on December 6, 2013 by Books4nothin
The book details all the steps that the beginners need. But the English is not smooth. in over all I liked it and I advice beginners to experience it.Published on October 4, 2013 by Rami EL HAJJ