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Android Database Programming Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
The book states the target audience as "experienced developers new to mobile database development". Thankfully, there's no "Hello World" here but instead gets right in to the details of data storage. It's not just about databases either, topics range from SharedPreferences, to file storage and SQLite.
In contrast, one book I recently read presented the basics of SQLite in one (long) chapter, whereas, this is an entire book devoted to the same concepts. I got the basics there, but I'm happy to get in to more detail with this book. As mentioned in the Table of Contents, this book even covers working with external (web) resources.
One aspect of this book I really like is the authors attempt to explain the use of the concepts presented. Various chapters have "Common Use" or "Putting it together" sections to give ideas on the best use for the ideas presented, not just the dry details of how to do it. I wish more authors did this.
Overall, the book has a nice clean layout and I haven't seen any glaring typos. If you're looking for the details of data storage, not limited to SQLite, on the Android, I'd say it's worth picking up.
Update: After finishing the book, I can still give a 4/5 stars. As mentioned before, it's not limited to SQLite so it gives a good overview of options available on Android. I recommend this book for developers new to Android.
One MAJOR ISSUE I have with the kindle version is that there is no TOC on the left in the PC kindle version. I really hate this and there are many people that do as well. It seems to be a crap shoot with kindle books these days.
I'm an experienced Android developer. When I saw the SharedPrefences code right on page 2 of the first chapter I was suprised there had been no gentle lead up to the context (i.e. what an Activity is) or a stronger mention prior to this that this book is NOT for Android beginners. I went back and checked the "what you need for this book" and "who this book is for" sections, and yes, it's there, but a simple statement somewhere along these lines would prevent beginners getting frustrated and disappointed. However, for those who have done even light Android work before, the tone is spot on.
Android has evolved since its launch, and many of the old-school techniques are outdated. This book is bang up to date in that respect, showing the current best practice methods throughout. The writing style is very concise and readable whilst being brisk and to the point.
My first impressions:
You absolutly need to have prior exposure to Android, Java and SQL before reading this book. This is not a beginner's book.
The book is clear and concise and written in a no nonsense style. Right in chapter one, we already dig into some code. Be ready to read code. I liked what I have read so far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book does not flow well, I agree with the other reviewer who said it looks like somebody threw notes together. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jean-Baptiste Nivoit
I like what I read so far, this is a solid book with very strong technical background. You need some knowledge to understand the book, it's certainly not for beginners. Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by hnren
This book is addressed to programmers who are supposed to get better understainding of how to use SQL and SQLite in Android applications. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by mko
This book is a well written piece of literature although I would have expected the book to be a little more focused. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer