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Android Apps with Eclipse 1st ed. Edition

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About the Author

Onur Cinar has over 17 years of experience in design, development, and management of large scale complex software projects, primarily in mobile and telecommunication space. His expertise spans VoIP, video communication, mobile applications, grid computing, and networking technologies on diverse platforms. He has been actively working with Android platform since its beginning. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, United States. He is currently working at Skype as the Sr. Product Engineering Manager for Skype client on Android platform.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430244348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430244349
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been developing in C++, Java, C# and iOS for years and have taught myself most of these skills using good development books. While I agree with other reviewers that Android Apps with Eclipse is very well written, it is not an outstanding development book in my view. The title lead me to believe that working through this book will enable me to develop Android Apps using Eclipse (with Java, which is not explicitly stated in the title but is a fair assumptions given Java's predominant role in Android application development).

After I had worked myself through about 180 pages (more than 50% of the book), I had completed exactly one example application. The first 150 pages are largely dedicated to Eclipse with a brief primer on Android. Excited to be building upon my first Android App, I discovered that the next chapter covers Android Native Development on a stunning 50(!!) pages, a topic which should be covered in such depth only in a book for advanced Android Development. The remaining chapters 8-10 cover a little more Java development before the author moves on to scripting, HTML and JavaScript.

Bottom-line: If you are looking for a cross section of the different technologies you can use with Eclipse to develop for Android, this is your book. However, if you are looking to have a solid introduction to developing Android Apps with Java, I suggest you look for other titles!
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"Android Apps with Eclipse" fills a very necessary niche in the Android developers library. Too many of the previous Android programming books swept by the start-up process and deluged the programmer with Android internals and failed to insure that the most important step was never completed. Although Intellij and MotoDev have there adherents, Eclipse is the primary introductory tool for Android development and following the instructions of these older references insures that your Eclipse will never work with Android. The problem is that there are over a dozen versions of Eclipse, and all but two of them are completely unsuited to work with Android. This book was the first Android reference to note that Classic and Eclipse for Java Developers(my research) should be the focus for Android development. I have installed three other Eclipse candidates and all of them have failed to attach to the Android Tools download despite repeated attempts. This manual provides 110 pages of Eclipse general training and 20 pages in chapter 5 specifically how to attach the Android Development Tools to Eclipse. I am so relieved that I won't have to spend countless hours trying to understand why Eclipse won't work with Android. Problem solved.

Unfortunately, the book takes 150 pages of its 332 page length to get started on a project. Its a pretty good project since it involves playing movies and we all like the slick effect of running media. But, it's about the only project in the whole book. However, there is a very bright side to this singular project. I found that chapters 7 and 8 were devoted to applying the Android NDK to the movie player. This is a valuable and fairly detailed exploration of applying professional coding to Eclipse projects.
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The author writes with a straight forward, easy to ingest style that makes this book a joy to pick up and difficult to put down. The book gives a comprehensive overview of all things android, going into the details of the NDK and offering insight on scripting using SL4A. I am a seasoned Java developer with over 14 years of professional experience and I found the book incredibly helpful as I transition from several years of iOS development back into Java and Android.
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An excellent reference manual if you're using Eclipse to create Android Apps. It would be beneficial to have a fundamental understanding of Java and/or C++ to follow the author's instruction in some of the examples. Simultaneously, Eclipse is always improving with new features which may not be presented in this manual.

Nevertheless, if you desire an in-depth exploration of the potentials within the Eclipse environment, I would highly recommend this book.
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I bought this book as a casual read, and was impressed by the way the author has dealt with the subject of getting started with Android development. I think what makes this book standout from others is fact that it is light weight, which i believe is what you miss in today's technology books.

Topics are short, precise and to the point. The book is about what you buy it for, Getting you started with Android development using Eclipse (period).

This book is a not an android reference, but a must have Android starter guide. A good book to begin with.
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In my oppinion one of the best book i've have bought on Android development, A must have!!.
A helpfull guide on Eclipse instalation and IDE configuration for Andrioid SDK.
A pleasant and very good reading.
Now I'm looking for anothers book from Onur Cinar!.
Dorisvaldo Paiva
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This book is one of the excellent books for Android developers.
It covers in depth concepts and provides a good starting point for Android developers.
Every Android developer must read this book.
A definite must have!
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