- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (March 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119017920
- ISBN-13: 978-1119017929
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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From the Author
The Android world has changed a lot since I wrote the second edition of this book back in 2012, and my main focus in updating Android App Development for Dummies for the third edition was to bring it up to speed with the latest best-practices for the Android platform. In this new edition, you'll find examples specifically written for the Android 5.x platform and target the newest style guidelines such as Material Design, which is used in Google's own apps.
Some of the complexity of the older examples were stripped clean, mostly by rewriting the chapters to only use the official new Android Studio and by supporting only the latest Android 5.x platform. But don't worry! If you still want to support older versions of Android, I still teach you how to do that as well, but I've moved all of those backward-compatibility lessons into a separate standalone chapter.
But perhaps the thing I'm most excited about are the new chapters on Android Wear and Android TVs. These chapters show you how to write apps for watches and TVs, and they also show you how to sync data back and forth with your phone. This is the first book to include chapters on these exciting new platforms, and I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of apps you can build that go beyond your phone.
One final note: Android App Development for Dummies is a great book if you're a programmer looking to get started on Android. If you don't know how to program yet or if you don't know Java, I recommend taking a look at a Java-oriented Dummies book such as Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies by Barry Burd. Start there first, then come back here.
Thank you for taking a look, I hope you enjoy the book and leave a review!
From the Back Cover
- Create amazing apps for the latest Android smartphones and tablets
- Download and install the SDK and start working with the Android Studio tools
- Adapt your apps for use on Android watches and TVs
- Publish your apps to the Google Play™ Store
Here's just what you need to turn your great idea into a cool Android app!
Did you know that nearly 80 percent of mobile devices use the Android platform? With this book to guide you, you can start developing apps for that huge market. You'll learn to design the ideal user interface, take advantage of all the newest Android features, understand the difference between phone and tablet apps, avoid common pitfalls, and more!
- Get what you need discover how to acquire and install the tools and set up your development headquarters
- Set up your first project get going right away with sample programs that explore different aspects of the Android platform
- Nuts and bolts see how to design the Tasks application, handle user input, design a menu, work with data storage, and even port your app to wearables
- Adapt existing apps learn to convert apps from other platforms for Android and how to accommodate older Android versions
- Get'em out there publish your apps to the Google Play Store
Visit the companion website at www.dummies.com/go/androidappdevfd3e to download all the code used in this book
Open the book and find:
- How to build a great app with Android Studio
- How to create an app widget
- When to use advanced techniques, such as Fragments, Databases, and Image Downloads
- Material Design to beautify your app
- Ways to build apps on Android and Amazon tablets
- How to create apps for Android Wear and TV
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The book starts well. In standard "for dummies" fashion the first chapter is introduction, terminology, and the like. Good and useful. The second chapter is setting up the development environment. It is up to date and focuses on Android Studio rather than Eclipse like most of the other Android books. I was able to successfully the development environment. Chapter three is a Hello World application and an explanation of all the build files. Again, useful. I was able to build the app and launch in an emulator. The book starts going downhill with Chapter 4 about the User Interface. It does not take the time to give the big picture and instead dives in with do this and change this without telling why. Typos and incomplete explanations abound. I looked on the book website for an errata sheet but found none. I spend a couple of hours trying to work my way through and gave up. The information as presented does not work.
Frustrated I gave up on the book and wrote this review. Too bad. The book had a good start.
When I read a programming book, I want to see examples of what we are doing and clear explanations of why we are doing it. For example, if it says "write this code", I like to understand exactly why I am writing it and what it means. I guess I am anal, but I really want to understand because I believe that this is how you learn best.
In the case of this book, I feel like it is too focused on building specific apps and the steps required. It is does not provide much insight into exactly "why" you perform certain steps, and for me this is the frustration. I really want the why and this book feels light in this area. As a result, I feel like the book clearly explains how to build certain apps, but misses the target on helping people understand Android development.
I think that the question comes down to what you want to accomplish. If you are looking for a book that walks through the development of certain apps then this book is for you. If your interest is really about learning Android programming then I would advise that you look elsewhere.