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Android Studio Development Essentials - Android 7 Edition: Learn to Develop Android 7 Apps with Android Studio 2.2 Paperback – July 25, 2016
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For the most part I like the approach to learning - most chapters are sort of a "how to" for common android tasks. Some of these involve very small custom projects, or modifying the starter templates. You feel like you learn how to do things quickly and don't get lost following tons of steps for huge sample projects.
However, this approach also has one big downside - the book doesn't have much content on building larger, more real world applications - it feels very much like a collection of small tutorials. It would have been nice to have a few chapters at the end that provide an overview of a larger project, even if it doesn't go through every step. This would be really helpful for learning Android project structures, design patterns, and seeing how all of the various components fit together in a cohesive whole.
I would have also liked to see more on HTTP communication and consuming web services or aggregating data, it seems there is very little content on that, even though its an extremely common task in real world projects.
The point here is that you really need at least a couple of books if you want to learn this stuff, and I think THIS really should be one of them.
Main con is that it is written with Android Studio 2.2 in mind. I have 2.3 installed, and there are a few differences. And version 3.0 is out now, so you gotta move quick.