- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Big Nerd Ranch Guides; 2 edition (August 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0134171454
- ISBN-13: 978-0134171456
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Bill Phillips, a software engineer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch, cowrote and taught the original Big Nerd Ranch Android bootcamp, as well as the first edition of this book. Since then he has been teaching, writing blog posts, reading various kinds of literature, writing and playing music, and working on books.
Chris Stewart is the director of the Android team at Big Nerd Ranch, where he is also a senior Android bootcamp instructor. He is dedicated to constant improvement and works to perfect his craft as much as possible. When not in front of a computer, Chris enjoys hiking and traveling.
Brian Hardy is director of iOS and Cocoa engineering at Big Nerd Ranch. He was one of the first Android bootcamp instructors and has worked with many clients to develop high quality mobile applications for Android and iOS. When not working with his development team to build better software or hacking on his latest pet project, Brian enjoys spending time with friends and family X usually around the grill.
Kristin Marsicano is an Android developer and senior instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. Always an educator at heart, she is passionate about learning, software development, and the intersection of the two. When she is not developing apps or sharing her love of Android in the classroom, you can find Kristin cooking for her growing family, doing yoga, or learning something new.
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My initial impressions of the book were good. It was what I was looking for; a step-by-step manual for building your first Android App. The first project was a simple geography quiz app named GeoQuiz. The lines of code and programming concepts were explained as I went along. Diagrams were present in order to explain the structure of the program. If there were further resources available, the book would provide a link to those resources. There were even bonus challenges at the end of one of the chapters.
However, things start to unravel by the time we reach the second project. It starts off with inconsistency issues such as the naming conventions used for the files. As a beginner, if you tell me one way to do things, then switch to another way without explanation, then that's going to confuse some people. The bonus challenges by this point also become less present, so there's less chance to put into practice what you've learned.
Also, I feel that by the second project, the authors begin to explain things much less so than before. It would be good if this was a gradual progression, but the learning curve seems to have gone from easy-medium to WTF. I feel like this book is the manual Big Nerd Ranch would use in their Android bootcamps, but minus the thorough explanations. Descriptions of new concepts are crammed into 1-2 sentences. There is a forum where users can ask and answer questions, but as of late 2015, the forum moderators seem to have taken a holiday so it's mostly become a place to ask questions which will not be answered anytime soon.
What I like about this book is that the code and new code that you add are very clear; it's easy to follow along and just copy their code. However, if one wants to understand the code versus merely copying the syntax, I would recommend going onto Google's Android site and working with the Training tutorials available for free. I wouldn't recommend this book to one just learning Android or Java, but maybe later on down the track, when one has more experience.
It is not a basic intro to programming, so don't expect to find anything about what a variable is, how "switch" statements work, etc.