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Java Programming for Android Developers For Dummies 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Create an Android program from start to finish
  • Master basic Java development concepts and techniques
  • Handle programming challenges
  • Assemble the pieces and debug your app

Android is everywhere! Cash in by learning to build Android apps with Java

Android runs more than half the smartphones in the US and more than 70 percent of those in Europe. And Java makes it go. Get in on the fun! In this book, you'll learn about the major ideas behind Java and Android software development, Java's basic building blocks, the big picture in object-oriented programming, and how to write Java programs on a Windows machine or a Mac.

  • My first Android app — follow the step-by-step instructions to create your first real, working application
  • About this Java thing — learn the basics of Java, how it works with Android, and all the tools you need
  • Classes and objects, oh my — explore object-oriented programming in Java, learn to work with Java classes in an Android app, and use events and callbacks
  • X-tending into XML — discover XML fundamentals and how they work with Android layouts
  • Testing, testing — download code to test fully functional Android apps or follow the instructions to create it on your own

Open the book and find:

  • Basic building blocks of Java
  • The difference between 32-bit and 64-bit systems
  • All about Java methods and types
  • Advice on decision-making structures and loops
  • How to design with Java interfaces
  • Case studies detailing a social app and a game
  • Tips for effectively deploying your app
  • Strategies for testing and marketing apps

About the Author

Barry Burd, PhD, is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Drew University. He leads training courses for professional programmers and has lectured at conferences in America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118504380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118504383
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rashad Monjed on December 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the reading this book, Barry's approach and writing style is actually fun/funny/interesting.

If you want a solid understanding of Java or of Android, this book is not for you, BUT if you want to learn about how Java and Android work together with code snippets, examples and explanations then this book is for you.

This book reminded me some of the Java code I had forgotten. This book does teach you mostly everything about Java that you will need/use to program in Android.
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I know that the book is targeted at people who do not know Java, but I wanted more Android.

The author does not get to the real meat of Android until chapter 11 which is about 75% into the book though he touches on Android in the earlier chapters.

In addition, he jumps quickly from the Hello, World example to a Twitter app. I wish he did more explaining about the layout file for that app.
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Great book for developers with little Java experience or programming experience in general. Even for people with java experience it is a great resource to touch up on some concepts that you may think you already know, but aren't clear on. The current edition is written for the Eclipse IDE, but I found it easy to translate to use with Android Studio. Dr. Burd encourages readers to email him questions, which I did multiple times and received prompt feedback and help. I would recommend this book to anyone who asked me for a good place to start when learning how to develop for Android.
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The book seems good so far. There are a few instructions missing and I actually wrote to the author asking him for some help. I received an email back the same day and my problem was cleared up. When you write a book about a new evolving technology, the technology keeps evolving and changing, however the textbook does not and cannot. Even though I looked for a book that was very recently published, this situation of the book being fixed for the technology that was current when it was written, and the evolving software and development tools that keep changing, is at best unavoidable. It was a pleasure to speak with the author and now things are moving along nicely. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to develop Android applications.
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Because Mr. Burd believes he is writing for "dummies," his explanations are very difficult to follow. I have had much better success with the free course ware offered on the Oracle site and that that accompanies the Android Developer's Studio. By the way, this edition of the book is written around eclipse and therefore is somewhat out of date.
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I would wait for the next version as it uses android studio. The on-line addendum "emergency chapter" helps, but might be a bit confusing, or just follow the eclipse tool version in this book, it is super well written for the beginner, step by step. I have coded C++ in a Unix environment, so I was a little bit more advanced than just a "dummie"
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By Tom on February 21, 2014
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I have really been enjoying Mr Burd's book. I have not yet finished it, but I find the pace and style of writing is very much to my tasted. I have a lot of experience in programming, but almost none in java for Android. The material seems very clear and well organized to me.
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This book clearly outlines with good examples the routines needed to develop a few different types of Android applications.
I've read it through a few times together with the Android classes documentation and now use it more for a reference guide.
I also purchased the Java reference books for AWT, Nutshell, and Swing which should completely cover any material I might possibly need.
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