- Series: Pragmatic Programmers
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 3 edition (August 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781934356562
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356562
- ASIN: 1934356565
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ed Burnette is editor of the articles section at eclipse.org, and author of the web site's "The Rich Client Platform (RCP) Tutorial" series. Ed also co-authored Eclipse in Action (Manning) and runs the eclipsepowered.org site, where he can often be found hanging out in the Eclipse community forums. He's written everything from multi-user servers to compilers to commercial video games since earning a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from North Carolina State University. He is a Principal Systems Developer at SAS, and lives near Research Triangle Park, NC.
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The paper in the book is of high quality and the images are in color. I did not think much of this until I started another Android book and found nothing but black and white images and lesser quality paper that my highlighter bleeds through.
I have some quibbles with the programming style, such as the embedding of magic numbers, but these are minor. Potential buyers should be aware that this is not a complete guide to Android. For example, there is very little about concurrency, with no mention of AsyncTask, for example. Still, I would recommend it as a very reasonably priced, well written, first book on Android.
Update: I recommended this book to students when teaching an upper-division college course on mobile application development. Students found it so valuable that they told me I should make it required the next time I teach the course. I've never been told that about any other book.
The book is introductory, really. It merely touches on a lot of areas. If you get serious about developing on Android, you'll need to do a lot more research. But the book is designed to just get you started, and hold your hand over the hardest part: getting basic control of what you're doing and getting started. It does this wonderfully, and so for that I give it 5 stars.
This is for version 1.5, and today we're at version 2.2. I wouldn't worry about this too much. This book is all about getting you up and running quickly, and it does that. It will give you what you need to get running and figure out for yourself what's different in later versions. Also keep in mind that many devices out there are still on version 1.5 (for a while longer anyway), so you may want to be developing back to this version anyway.
If you expect it to be the last book you'll ever need and your one stop shop for all things Android, you'll be disappointed. But to do that, the book would have to be overwhelmingly large. So get this book and take it for what it is: the perfect way to get started with developing on Android.
This book is probably not for the beginning programmer, and whether or not its even for the beginning JAVA programmer might be debatable. If you're new to Java, but familiar with object oriented principles, you're probably in good shape. If both Java and Object Oriented Programming or foreign to you, you might be better served getting a primer on Java before you start reading this book. Of course, if you're an experienced Java programmer, you'll fly through this book with no problem.
Once you get up to speed with the Android API and have been able to write some basic applications, you'll definitely want to explore the API beyond what this book will teach you, and there are many other really great books to choose from when you're ready. Until then, you'll be very happy with this title.