- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (June 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933988673
- ISBN-13: 978-1933988672
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frank Ableson is active in the mobile software marketplace, working with leading mobile companies including Handango, Airtime Management, and UnwiredTools.
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Not being an Eclipse developer (Netbeans fanboy), I was determined to use Eclipse as the IDE for my Android development even though I had already set up my development environment on Netbeans--which works good too. I wanted to get comfortable with Eclipse since it is such a popular IDE for developers, and Hello Android made that easy as well.
This book may prove a valuable reference for some people, and at $10.00 (including shipping), it could well be worth it--especially if you get the free PDF version. The free PDF is available on the Manning website after punching in some codes from the table on the sheet at the front of the book.
The last chapter covers "Hacking Android" which I found very interesting, although it was like the rest of the book--belaboring you with one or two pages of introductory fat. It is almost like they struggled to create a certain number of pages to comply with a book format. Writers know that unnecessary words can ruin any composition. I'm donating my print version to the local library.
Not exactly a "how to", not exactly a "reference", but a mixture that gives the intermediate programmer a boast without overlooking the basics for the beginner.
I would definitely recommend this book to my programmer friends.
Almost no discussion about style and good coding practices, which ultimately determines how maintainable code is. You will have to find other resources for those discussions.
It does also cover the hows thoroughly, starting with setting up a development environment and connecting a debugger to your Android phone, on through to discussing the API in detail. Combined with the sample code available for download online, readers with at least some programming experience and context are given the tools necessary to create real, useable applications, not just toy Hello World apps. In fact, for those of us who feel particularly advanced, there's even a chapter at the end on Hacking Android which covers how to write, compile, and run C code in Android's Linux distribution. This book Unlocked Android; I'd love to see another book going in depth into Hacking Android by writing screaming code in C with direct access to the OS and its underlying components (for instance, is it true that the G1 hardware supports multi-touch but is disabled in software? Hacking Android could show us how to enable it! ;-).
They only show code snippets and absolutely gloss over very key things. I guess they expect you to just look up stuff in the documentation, 95% of the time. There is literally no explanation. Just stuff like now you have created the contacts list. Well, anyone can read what the method does. You need to say how it works. I had to look at the documentation to figure some of it out, but then why do I need this book? Very precious few lines of the code are explained in any sort of detail.
The examples are also extremely complicated. Very. It's like jumping directly into the deep end. Not only is the code pages and pages long, but they don't show all of the code, unless you download it yourself from their website.
It's also highly technical even for a technical book and I think would be best for someone who ALREADY knows Android.
Learn Android first, then buy this book.
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From sliced and diced source listings with little or no context to horrible examples of how absolutely not to code properly (seriously???Read more