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Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices Reviews

Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices

Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices

Get thoroughly up to speed on Android programming, and learn how to create up-to-date user experiences for both handsets and tablets. With this book’s extensively revised second edition, you’ll focus on Android tools and programming essentials, including best practices for using Android 4 Apis. If you’re experienced with Java or Objective-C, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary for building well-engineered applications. Programming Android is organized into four parts:Part One helps programmers with some Java or iOs experience get off to a fast start with the Android Sdk and Android programming basics. Part Two delves into the Android framework, focusing on user interface and graphics class hierarchie

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  1. Etienne Savard "E. Savard" says:
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The most popular Android book is now even better!, October 22, 2012
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    Etienne Savard “E. Savard” (Quebec, Canada) –
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    This review is from: Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices (Paperback)

    In this book, unlike other books on Android, you will not only learn how to program for Android but you will gain a thorough understanding of its architecture. Indeed, this book covers much more ground than other books on the subject and each topic is supported by source code examples that you can “fork” on GitHub and use for your own projects. This is what makes it an invaluable reference book for any programmer coming to Android from Java, C++ or other mobile platforms such as the iPhone.

    This book is divided into four distinct parts:

    “Part 1: Tools and Basics” where you learn to familiarize yourself with the various development tools that make up the ecosystem of Android including a quick introduction to Java.

    “Part 2: About Android Framework” where you will learn the necessary foundation to build robust Android applications.

    “Part 3: A Skeleton Application for Android” will teach you Android Programming in more depth. You will learn to build a GUI that can run both on a tablet or on a smaller screen, the foundation for you to connect to web services using REST and more.

    Finally, “Part 4: Advanced Topics” introduces you to more advanced concepts such as the search interface, geolocation & maps, multimedia, sensors, NFC, gestures, contacts and media-social and how to use the NDK to build Android applications in C++.

    I own both the first and the second editions. I’ve compared the contents of two editions and I can stated that the book has been completely revised by the authors to clarify the text in several places and to update the examples to Android 4. For example, Chapter 6 of the first edition (Effective Java for Android) was merged into Chapter 3 and topics such as callbacks and overrides have been added.

    Here is a non-exhaustive list of the improvements between the second and the first editions:

    - A section called “Alternative Distribution” has been added to Chapter 4 (Getting your application into User’s Hands), which describes how to publish your application on other distribution networks than Google Market (namely Amazon and Verizon).

    - Chapter 6 (Building a View) was also largely revamped with the addition of sections on multi-touch and debugging & optimizing views.

    - Addition of Chapter 11 (Building a User Interface) represents the addition of over 20 pages of new material that deals with the design of graphical user interface and takes into account the tablets. Chapter 7 (Fragments and multiplatform support) has also been extended to cover tablets.

    - Chapter 14 (Search) was also added. It deals with Android’s search interface and how to use it in your own applications.

    - A section on StreetView was added in Chapter 15 (Location and Mapping).

    - In chapter 17 (Sensors, NFC, Speech, Gestures, and Accessibility), the “P2P Mode” has been revised to cover the notion of “beaming”.

    - A section in Chapter 19 (The Android Native Development Kit) was added to describes how to edit C++ source code in Eclipse.

    In all, close to 60 pages of new material have been added for this edition!

    The code examples have also been revised and updated to Android 4 and their organization was also changed. Thus, in the GitHub repository, examples are now organized by subject rather than by chapter number to facilitate the search for a particular example by the reader.

    In conclusion, Android Programming 2nd Edition, is still THE book to put in the hands of programmers who want to learn not only how to program Android, but also how to make well designed and robust Android applications.

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  2. Rajdeveloper says:
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Better code, easier to find stuff, October 19, 2012
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    This review is from: Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices (Paperback)

    While looking for updated code for the I found that there is a newedition. I bought it at oreilly.com because they had a half-off deal on the ebook, and you can get it in pdf, but normally amazon is less.

    I have not read the this version end to end, but the first thing I noticed is that the new example code is MUCH easier to find because directories have better naming. One missing piece from the firest version was explaining how to use AIDL and create APIs. This is now covered, along with an example. The first part of the book looks heavily edited to update it, and it looks like the two Chapters on JAVA got cut down to one, or merged. There must be added things too, since this one is longer.

    Be careful to watch for new editions. I bought an old edition of another android book by mistake!

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  3. S. Abraham says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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    Good Book for beginners, February 16, 2013
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    S. Abraham
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    This review is from: Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices (Paperback)

    This is a very good book for android beginning programmers! Well explained chapters with a lot of examples. Concepts are explained well!

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