- Series: Wrox Programmer to Programmer
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470344717
- ISBN-13: 978-0470344712
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,289,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Professional Android Application Development
Offering an open development environment, Android represents an exciting new opportunity to write innovative applications for mobile devices. This book provides you with a hands-on guide to building these applications using the Android software development kit. It takes you through a series of sample projects, each introducing new features and techniques to get the most out of Android. You'll learn all about the basic functionality as well as discover how to utilize the advanced features with the help of concise and useful examples.
Beginning with an introduction to the Android software stack, the author examines the philosophy behind creating robust, consistent, and appealing applications for mobile phones. You'll get the grounding and knowledge that is needed to write customized mobile applications using the current Android 1.0 SDK. Plus, you'll also gain the flexibility to quickly adapt to future enhancements in order to build the most cutting-edge solutions.
What you will learn from this book
Best practices for Android mobile development
An introduction to Activities, Intents, the manifest, and resources
How to create user interfaces with layouts and custom views
Techniques to store and share your application data
Instructions for creating map-based applications, using location-based services including GPS, and geocoding locations
How to create and use background Services and Notifications
Working with the accelerometers, compass, and camera hardware
All about phone and networking hardware such as telephony APIs, SMS, and network management
Advanced development topics, including security, IPC, and some advanced graphics and user interface techniques
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone interested in creating applications for the Android mobile phone platform. It includes information that will be valuable whether you're an experienced mobile developer or just starting out writing mobile applications.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
About the Author
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Reto Meier now lives in London.
Reto is an experienced software developer with more than 10 years of experience in GUI application architecture, design, and development. He’s worked in various industries, including offshore oil and gas, before moving to London and into fi nance.
Always interested in emerging technologies, Reto has been involved in Android since the initial release in 2007. In his spare time, he tinkers with a wide range of development platforms including WPF and Google’s plethora of developer tools.
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There is some good information here though. And this gives a solid glossing over many of the major themes of Android - which makes this a decent compendium. So if you are looking for an overview of simple GUI development, general, small applications, and some talk about background processes and communications and some of the hardware you could do a lot worse.
However, you could also go to the Android development website and get the same information there as well.
The book touts itself as, being for "anyone interested in creating applications for the Android mobile phone platform. It includes information that will be valuable whether you're an experienced mobile developer or making your first foray, via Android, into writing mobile applications."
From the "making your first foray, via Android, into writing mobile applications" part, I'd assume it meant newbies. This couldn't be farther from the truth. The book is inconsistent with the way topics are handled, and it feels almost entirely non-linear within any given chapter.
There are many different issues with the book, among those:
* This book targets Android somewhere back around the 1.0 release. As we're now on the 2.0 release of Android (and moving on to 2.1), this book is quite a bit obsolete. Most of the coding is still functional of course, but if you're new to development in general, you're most likely not gonna be able to figure out how to retool the code.
* Though he walks you through sample applications to familiarize you with the concepts he teaches, he seems to lose interest fast and goes on seemingly random tangents throughout the book. Case in point: Chapter three had you making a revision to the layout of a ToDo List app you were designing. After making a minor change to the code, he starts you off on a Compass app.
All that being said, if you're completely new to Android development, I would suggest you avoid this book as your first option. Instead, you should go with something a bit more simple like "Hello, Android". And while you're at it, you'll probably want to pick up a book on Java development, since both Android books assume some level of knowledge in Java development. The one I purchased to go along with "Hello, Android" is "Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours". I've finished the first of the two, and it's quite a bit easier to follow than PAAD. What's more, it's linear, and he doesn't stray from the current lessons to go on some sort of tangent about how robust Android is like Mr. Meier does.
I didn't even finish this book.
And I probably never will.
Not with so many other fine choices available.
I would recommend this book for the absolute beginner, but for more experienced Java programmers you can probably get even better information freely by searching Android online forums and by also looking through Google's Android code samples on the Android project homepage.