- Paperback: 928 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (August 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781491974056
- ISBN-13: 978-1491974056
- ASIN: 1491974052
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Head First Android Development: A Brain-Friendly Guide 2nd Edition
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What you'll find in Head First Android Development, 2nd edition:
New to Android development?
Even if you've never written a single line of Android code before, this book will have you creating apps in no time. All you need is some Java knowledge and you're good to go. The authors know that pictures and diagrams help make concepts easier to understand and remember, so the book is filled with illustrations to help explain core Android concepts.
Really learn Android
When you're done reading Head First Android Development, we want you to deeply understand Android, not just be able to follow some recipes to do a few things. We don't shy away from the difficult topics, so you don't have to either. Our goal is for you to discover that you can learn Android in a way you can apply to every app you create.
We've changed the code to work with the latest Android updates. We've also added new material to cover constraint layouts, the Design Support Library and more!
About 'Head First' Books
We think of a Head First Reader as a Learner
Learning isn't something that just happens to you. It's something you do. You can't learn without pumping some neurons. Learning means building more mental pathways, bridging connections between new and pre-existing knowledge, recognizing patterns, and turning facts and information into knowledge (and ultimately, wisdom). Based on the latest research in cognitive science, neurobiology, and educational psychology, Head First books get your brain into learning mode.
Here's how we help you do that:
We tell stories using casual language, instead of lecturing. We don't take ourselves too seriously. Which would you pay more attention to: a stimulating dinner party companion, or a lecture?
We make it visual. Images are far more memorable than words alone, and make learning much more effective. They also make things more fun.
We use attention-grabbing tactics. Learning a new, tough, technical topic doesn't have to be boring. The graphics are often surprising, oversized, humorous, sarcastic, or edgy. The page layout is dynamic: no two pages are the same, and each one has a mix of text and images.
Metacognition: thinking about thinking
If you really want to learn, and you want to learn more quickly and more deeply, pay attention to how you pay attention. Think about how you think. The trick is to get your brain to see the new material you're learning as Really Important. Crucial to your well-being. Otherwise, you're in for a constant battle, with your brain doing its best to keep the new content from sticking.
Here's what we do:
We use pictures, because your brain is tuned for visuals, not text. As far as your brain's concerned, a picture really is worth a thousand words. And when text and pictures work together, we embedded the text in the pictures because your brain works more effectively when the text is within the thing the text refers to, as opposed to in a caption or buried in the text somewhere.
We use redundancy, saying the same thing in different ways and with different media types, and multiple senses, to increase the chance that the content gets coded into more than one area of your brain.
We use concepts and pictures in unexpected ways because your brain is tuned for novelty, and we use pictures and ideas with at least some emotional content, because your brain is more likely to remember when you feel something.
We use a personalized, conversational style, because your brain is tuned to pay more attention when it believes you're in a conversation than if it thinks you're passively listening to a presentation.
We include many activities, because your brain is tuned to learn and remember more when you do things than when you read about things. And we make the exercises challenging-yet-do-able, because that's what most people prefer.
We use multiple learning styles, because you might prefer step-by-step procedures, while someone else wants to understand the big picture first, and someone else just wants to see an example. But regardless of your own learning preference, everyone benefits from seeing the same content represented in multiple ways.
We include content for both sides of your brain, because the more of your brain you engage, the more likely you are to learn and remember, and the longer you can stay focused. Since working one side of the brain often means giving the other side a chance to rest, you can be more productive at learning for a longer period of time.
We include challenges by asking questions that don't always have a straight answer, because your brain is tuned to learn and remember when it has to work at something.
Finally, we use people in our stories, examples, and pictures, because, well, you're a person. Your brain pays more attention to people than to things.
About the Author
Dawn Griffiths started life as a mathematician at a top UK university where she was awarded a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics. She went on to pursue a career in software development, and has over 15 years experience working in the IT industry. Dawn has written several books, including Head First C, Head First Statistics and Head First 2D Geometry.
David Griffiths began programming at age 12, after being inspired by a documentary on the work of Seymour Papert. At age 15 he wrote an implementation of Papert's computer language LOGO. After studying Pure Mathematics at University, he began writing code for computers and magazine articles for humans and he is currently an agile coach with Exoftware in the UK, helping people to create simpler, more valuable software. He spends his free time traveling and time with his lovely wife, Dawn.
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On the next page, we will learn how to add a toolbar to the layout.
(next page) We are going to learn how to add a toolbar to the layout.
Here, is what we are going to do:
1. Add a toolbar to the layout.
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I swear to God, read this book and you will see what I mean. Cannot look past it. Tempted to give one star.
The 2nd edition of the Head First book is much improved over the first edition, which is 2 years out of date already. In addition to much new material, many errors in the first book were corrected (after many complaints from readers).
Both the Head First and Big Nerd Ranch books are good, but they teach you in different ways. The Big Nerd Ranch book is more of a standard tutorial book with functional discussions, example code, screen captures, etc. The Head First book is more like a classroom in book form with lots of hand-drawn graphical discussions of of how Android functions work and lots of homework problems that they really expect you to complete before continuing to the next chapter. The Head First approach can be slow going at times and the book is almost 1/3 longer than the Big Nerd Ranch book while many sections are less detailed.
Both of these books have their fans. I have to imagine that the Head First book is designed for millennial programmers who just think differently from their older peers.