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    Ed Burnette(Author)

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Google Android dominates the mobile market, and by targeting Android, your apps can run on most of the phones and tablets in the world. This new fourth edition of the #1 book for learning Android covers all modern Android versions from Android 4.1 through Android 5.0. Freshly added material covers new Android features such as Fragments and Google Play Services. Android is a platform you can't afford not to learn, and this book gets you started.

Android is a software toolkit for mobile phones and tablets, created by Google. It's inside more than a billion devices, making Android the number one platform for application developers. Your own app could be running on all those devices!

Getting started developing with Android is easy. You don't even need access to an Android phone, just a computer where you can install the Android SDK and the emulator that comes with it. Within minutes, Hello, Android gets you creating your first working application: Android's version of "Hello, World." From there, you'll build up a more substantial example: an Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe game. By gradually adding features to the game, you'll learn about many aspects of Android programming, such as creating animated user interfaces, playing music and sound effects, building location-based services (including GPS and cell-tower triangulation), and accessing web services. You'll also learn how to publish your applications to the Google Play Store.

This fourth edition of the bestselling Android classic has been revised for Android 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean), 4.4 (KitKat), and Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Topics have been streamlined and simplified based on reader feedback, and every page and example has been reviewed and updated for compatibility with the latest versions of Android.

If you'd rather be coding than reading about coding, this book is for you.

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  • PDF | 225 pages
  • Ed Burnette(Author)
  • Pragmatic Bookshelf; 4 edition (14 May 2015)
  • English
  • 6
  • Computing & Internet

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  • By Mitt on 18 March 2009

    'Hello, Android' provides an excellent introduction to the Android platform for developers. Well written and easily understood, it quickly allows you to start developing your own applications. This is by no means a complete guide to developing for Android, but it gives you enough to start.One word of warning though, this book is not for beginners. It assumes familiarity with java and some with xml. If you intend to start developing for Android without this then I would recommend familiarising yourself with java first. Xml is simple enough to pick up as you go along, but this book is not intended for a complete novice.

  • By T. Rosenbaum on 15 June 2009

    I started to read about Android and wanted to really structured introduction to developing for the environment. 'Hello, Android' provided a strong flow of learning and at a pace that lets the user see results. The first part of the book that develops a Sudoku is productive and lets you try out different ideas. An individual new to Android environment will be able to make good use of the book.

  • By Hollz on 4 December 2010

    This book is great. What I like about it is that it isn't hard to understand and covers all the bases, It's not just a guide to one app (although the Sudoku game you make throughout the book is really worth going through) and goes through a small example for each area of development you could possibly need on the platform (working with databases or the internet it covers it all). Although this book is surprisingly (to me) thin (about the diameter of a 5p piece) it makes a nice concise guide to everything and is a perfect starting point for all your applications. Rather than just telling you how to do everything it explains basic applications thoroughly enough for you to flick to another part of the book or follow online advise and apply it safe in the knowledge that you know what you're doing. It really covers all the stuff you want to know and also the stuff you might not have thought about such as how to actually set up your development environment, developing for different phone models and releasing you application. Having said all that as i've mentioned before it really is a back to the basics approach, great for someone entirely new to the platform but i'm not sure that anyone more advanced would gain much from it that they couldn't already find in the google docs (which cover everything by the way, but if your looking at this book you probably already know that they can be a bit overwhelming to a newb)I always find it helpful to know a bit about the background of a person reviewing a book like this, so: I'm an a-level computing student who already new VERY BASIC java/prgramming concepts. I think if you know the basics about declaring and using variables, the difference between methods and a bit about classes and how they work (me) then you should be allright with this book. As i am for the most part although i do wish i'd gone into it with a bit more experience passing data around, a big aspect of writing any application that i'm still not really sure about. If you aren't familar with , the very basics of, java or a similiar language then you will probably find this book to advanced and i suggest you do some basic hello world type tutorials online first until you're at about my level. When it comes to XML, turns out you don't even need to understand it to use it :p. so don't let having no clue about XML put you off it really is easy.One last thing, thought i'd mention the support forum specifically for this book: It's pretty good! not many people around who actually have the expertise to help you and it can seem very slow. BUT the actual author of this book frequents it every other day (give or take) and is very helpful and full of patience and teaching and all the good stuff.If i had to fault the writing of this book the one think that's a little frustrating is, as someone's already said, when you're following an example and your writing stuff for methods you won't actually create for another 5 pages (so don't freak out if your covered in squiggly red lines until you reach the end of the section). But on reflection I suppose this approach is better than him saying "now go back and add this little line of code in between these lines of code.."All in all, this isn't the be-all-and-end-all of android development books, but it's definitely the best out there at the time of writing (i really did my research), particularly if your fairly new to programming and certainly android. And i would recommend it!


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