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The Busy Coder's Guide to Advanced Android Development

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ISBN-13: 978-0981678016
ISBN-10: 0981678017
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CommonsWare is proud to offer the world's most extensive lineup of complementary Android books. This book -- The Busy Coder's Guide to Advanced Android Development -- goes alongside Android Programming Tutorials and Beginning Android (published in partnership with Apress) to provide you with over 1,000 pages of material, offering both depth and breadth on Android application development. If you have any questions about these books, contact us at wares@commonsware.com, and we will be happy to help.

Regardless of whose books you use, we wish you luck with your Android programming efforts!

Table of Contents:
1. WebView, Inside and Out
2. Crafting Your Own Views
3. More Fun With ListViews
4. Show Up At Home
5. Creating Drawables
6. Animating Widgets
7. Playing Media
8. Using the Camera
9. Sensors
10. Databases and Content Providers
11. Using System Services
12. Handling System Events
13. Your Own (Advanced) Services
14. Introspection
15. Testing

About the Author

Mark Murphy is the founder of CommonsWare and the author of the Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development and other books on Android application development. He is active in supporting the Android developer community, from answering questions on StackOverflow to publishing sample code and reusable components as open source. A three-time entrepreneur, his experience ranges from consulting on open source and collaborative development for the Fortune 500 to application development on just about anything smaller than a mainframe. He has been a software developer for nearly three decades, from the TRS-80 to the latest crop of mobile devices. A polished speaker, Mr. Murphy has delivered conference presentations and training sessions on a wide array of topics internationally. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CommonsWare, LLC (July 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981678017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981678016
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,602,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a software developer over 15 years experience. I wanted a book that would cover the Android development / programming environment in fairly complete depth and with good breadth. A lot to ask! I started with another popular Android book and found it was a good introduction but lacking in details. What's with that "@+id" stuff, for example; the book never mentioned how to interpret it. So I went searching for better and found this book. It is both reasonably comprehensive (but not an encyclopedia) and reasonably broad. The examples are well focused and presented well (e.g., you know what the example is supposed to look like and behave like). What's really made me happy is how the publisher handles the ebook versions of their books. They have 4 Android tomes (Busy Coder's Guide To Android, BCG to Advanced, a tutorial, and a performance book). If you pay for the ebooks (sign up on line; costs about as much as one book), you not only get the ebook for the paper book you purchased, but you also get access to all 4! And no DRM - epub and pdf versions. AND they are continually updating the books (each book has a version number!) and you have access to all updates for the duration of your subscription. This is a great deal from my point of view. They have other niceties as well - e.g., you can trade in your (gently used) paper book and get credit. Also have a bug bounty program that earns you chits for extending your subscription. Highly recommended!
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I have read the other popular books by burnette and meier and clearly this book and the series from Mark Murphy are a class apart. I would consider myself an intermediate java developer and found this book the best resource as the author shows you good practice in building android apps not just its API features. Additionally, Murphy continually updated the content which you can download if you have a subscription. The examples work flawlessly and the companion books round out the learning experience lacking by other authors. Frankly, just start here if you want to do more than dabble in android.
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This review is one Android developer's opinion, and I am not affiliated with any publisher or author.
Unlike the other two advanced books I purchased, this book lives up to its title.

I bought the hard copy to have as a reference on my desk.
Any one of the samples by itself is worth the price of the book.

The book is written with an assumption that you know how to write a basic program on your own, hence is centered on more advanced topics, and is well detailed in code, which is the best way for a coder to understand the solutions.

Perhaps to figure out what a @id or an intent is, I can see more introductory Android Programming book(s) from same, or other authors, or Google Android references online.

However, if you have read all the introductory books and are looking for a more advanced book, this is the best advanced book in its class.

If you are planning on advancing your work over time to the level of "one of the top downloaded apps" in the Android Market, the SDK and the references may well fall short of how to actually extend the art to achieve a world class look, feel, and performance and this book with its extensions and libraries, is for you.
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The table of contents as well as the index makes it very difficult to find information quickly. For example, in the index, 'Intent' lists +30 pages where the word Intent is found, but it does not describe the usage. Therefore I must look through all references and since I am a 'Busy Coder", this is wasting my time. The author, Mark Murphy, is a top Android developer. He has a lot valuable knowledge, but his writing style does not allow the reader to quickly find the topic of interest.
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Good book, but to be honest I havent dug into it too deeply yet. Been hopping through a number of print and electronic android books lately.

If you like e-reading look at the author's web site and such and you will find a better digital version. After buying the book, I also signed up for the digital version because it is twice as comprehensive and continually updated. While I am comfortable with e-books, I still like to crack open a book and have it by my side.
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