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  1. Android Application Development for Java Programmers
    Android Application Development for Java Programmers
    Android Application Development for Java Programmers
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  2. Android Application Development for Java Programmers

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We are witnessing an explosion in the use of handheld mobile devices worldwide. Recent polls have shown that many people own and use more than one mobile device, and some use as many as three or four. Smart phones, tablets, and handheld game devices are ubiquitous. The Android operating system (OS)--an open-source OS with Linux at its core--is an ever-more-popular OS on these devices. ANDROID APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR JAVA PROGRAMMERS provides an ideal, quick-start tutorial for anyone interested in developing Android mobile device applications, from the student or hobbyist familiar with Java, to the experienced programmer wanting to enter the mobile device application market. Because the Android development software provides an emulator program, the reader doesn't need to own an Android mobile device to take advantage of this book. Although the code presented in the book can be used to produce complete running applications, the goal is to inspire the reader to bring his own mobile application ideas to reality in a short time. The book is organized in a logical, evolutionary manner starting with configuration of the development environment and ending with two comprehensive projects. The beginning chapters cover basic application components and configuration of the Android emulator and basic user interface design, whereas later chapters cover how to accomplish more involved areas such as use of GPS, graphics, networking, and databases.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

If you're comfortable programming in java, this book is the boost you need to get involved with Android development. For someone who has little or no experience developing mobile applications, or working with some features of Android such as XML layout templates, getting into Android can be a lot to jump into.

This book does a great job at easing you into Android development, but at the same time gets right to the point. It includes instructions on how to set up your development environment, including specific settings for each example (if any). The code examples in the book are very useful and practical, helping to demonstrate the ins and outs of the different features the Android OS has to offer.
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) This is a reasonable introduction to Android programming for young people. It's fairly light on details and somewhat repetitive, but I believe that's a reflection of its intended purpose as a textbook. There is enough repetition to drive home the points made for the reluctant student. The material presented is generally correct and error-free.

On the other hand, the typography is horrid; the fact that the book simply looks cheap and thrown-together makes it that much harder to evaluate it on its own merits. The margins are too small, the code is often badly formatted or unformatted, the typefaces are badly and somewhat randomly chosen, and the screenshots are dark and fuzzy.
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) For the most part, I really like this book. CENGAGE is known for textbooks, so I expected this to be more instructional than simply a reference manual.

When I first skimmed through the book, I was struck by large sections of code (sometimes spanning several pages). Do I need to type all of this myself, or do the authors expect me to download it? The answer: type it myself. And, honestly, I think that's a better way to learn programming...copying and pasting someone else's code is quick, but typing it yourself slows you down enough to force you to slow down and think about what you are doing.

However, because of this approach, it makes it difficult to just pick a random chapter and learn that material. The code often builds on the work of previous sections. It would be nice, on occasion, to at least have the OPTION of downloading larger sections of code.

Having said that, here are some strengths of this book:
1) The authors spend time... Read more
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