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Android devices are stealing market share from the iPhone with dramatic speed, and you have a killer app idea. Where to begin? Head First Android Development will help you get your first application up and running in no time with the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in. You'll learn how to design for devices with a variety of different screen sizes and resolutions, along with Android devices are stealing market share from the iPhone with dramatic speed, and you have a killer app idea. Where to begin? Head First Android Development will help you get your first application up and running in no time with the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in. You'll learn how to design for devices with a variety of different screen sizes and resolutions, along with mastering core programming and design principles that will make your app stand out. Whether you're a seasoned iPhone developer who wants to jump into the the Android Market, or someone with previous programming skills but no mobile apps in your resume, this book offers a complete learning experience for creating eye-catching, top-selling Android applications. You'll learn how to: Install the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in and get started building apps Add buttons, edit text fields, and build your own navigation options in the Android menu Customize the look of your app with theming and adding image resources Use Android's content provider mechanism to add images and contact information to an app, and establish permissions for their use Work with the Android devices' camera, GPS, and accelerometer Experiment with different Android emulator configurations to simulate different devices with a variety of screen sizes Optimize, test, and distribute your application in the Android MarketWe think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Android Development uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.


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Android devices are stealing market share from the iPhone with dramatic speed, and you have a killer app idea. Where to begin? Head First Android Development will help you get your first application up and running in no time with the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in. You'll learn how to design for devices with a variety of different screen sizes and resolutions, along with Android devices are stealing market share from the iPhone with dramatic speed, and you have a killer app idea. Where to begin? Head First Android Development will help you get your first application up and running in no time with the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in. You'll learn how to design for devices with a variety of different screen sizes and resolutions, along with mastering core programming and design principles that will make your app stand out. Whether you're a seasoned iPhone developer who wants to jump into the the Android Market, or someone with previous programming skills but no mobile apps in your resume, this book offers a complete learning experience for creating eye-catching, top-selling Android applications. You'll learn how to: Install the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in and get started building apps Add buttons, edit text fields, and build your own navigation options in the Android menu Customize the look of your app with theming and adding image resources Use Android's content provider mechanism to add images and contact information to an app, and establish permissions for their use Work with the Android devices' camera, GPS, and accelerometer Experiment with different Android emulator configurations to simulate different devices with a variety of screen sizes Optimize, test, and distribute your application in the Android MarketWe think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Android Development uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

30 review for Head First Android Development

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rich Daley

    This was a really great introduction to Android, in the form of an intensive course. For those who work best in educational scenarios, like training courses, this will be perfect. It gave me all the skills I needed to get a prototype app built with no previous Android knowledge at all. Beware: it assumes you know Java well. If you know another OO language and are comfortable with things like interfaces, it will not be too difficult. My one criticism is that it is very badly formatted for Kindle. Th This was a really great introduction to Android, in the form of an intensive course. For those who work best in educational scenarios, like training courses, this will be perfect. It gave me all the skills I needed to get a prototype app built with no previous Android knowledge at all. Beware: it assumes you know Java well. If you know another OO language and are comfortable with things like interfaces, it will not be too difficult. My one criticism is that it is very badly formatted for Kindle. The "table of contents" includes every heading, even the very lowest-level ones, making it very hard to navigate. The "exercise on one page, answer on the next page" thing doesn't work right either. It could do with someone really fixing it up for those devices.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mohammad Sadegh Rasooli

    Easy to read, easy to replicate their experiments, accessible code from Github, very intuitive. The only minor problems are: 1) some parts of the book are outdated given the new versions of Android Studio, and 2) it does not cover some advanced concepts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Dziewa

    I thought that this was a fairly good introduction but it may have been a bit too basic. Even though this book is a little outdated, I was able to make everything work and only had to change things here and there. I was a little disappointed in the lack of a third-party API integration as this is a common app requirement. Also, the material design chapter didn't actually talk much about material design. I did, however, like the coverage of SQLite databases and the RecyclerList. Overall, the book I thought that this was a fairly good introduction but it may have been a bit too basic. Even though this book is a little outdated, I was able to make everything work and only had to change things here and there. I was a little disappointed in the lack of a third-party API integration as this is a common app requirement. Also, the material design chapter didn't actually talk much about material design. I did, however, like the coverage of SQLite databases and the RecyclerList. Overall, the book is best used for getting a taste of Android Development.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tigran Ghardashyan

    This book is a decent introduction to the Android development. In fact this one was the easiest tech books I'd ever read. All the topics present in it were covered more or less thoroughly and in a fun way. Of course preliminary Java knowledge is required to fully understand what's going on. And obviously not all things were covered. As authors write: "we really wanted to give you a book you’d be able to lift without extensive training at the local gym". So to go pro you'll need to extensively re This book is a decent introduction to the Android development. In fact this one was the easiest tech books I'd ever read. All the topics present in it were covered more or less thoroughly and in a fun way. Of course preliminary Java knowledge is required to fully understand what's going on. And obviously not all things were covered. As authors write: "we really wanted to give you a book you’d be able to lift without extensive training at the local gym". So to go pro you'll need to extensively refer to the Android documentation and this book just makes the whole process much easier. P.S. This is the first review I've ever written in English. Despite that, I've read this book in Russian. I've grabbed it in the local store, and it was a very impulsive acquisition. On the translation I can say it is surprisingly decent.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Dita

    Untuk pemula dalam hal android development, menurut saya buku ini sangat bagus. Buku ini membuat kita mengerti konsep dari development android secara pelan-pelan, dan tidak langsung. Apalagi ditambah beberapa latihan, dan projek-projek yang harus diselesaikan. Hal-hal semacam itu, membuat para pemula seperti saya dapat mengerti lebih banyak tentang membuat aplikasi yang benar-benar bisa dipakai, walaupun mungkin pertama akan dipakai diri sendiri dulu. Although this book in English, my review stil Untuk pemula dalam hal android development, menurut saya buku ini sangat bagus. Buku ini membuat kita mengerti konsep dari development android secara pelan-pelan, dan tidak langsung. Apalagi ditambah beberapa latihan, dan projek-projek yang harus diselesaikan. Hal-hal semacam itu, membuat para pemula seperti saya dapat mengerti lebih banyak tentang membuat aplikasi yang benar-benar bisa dipakai, walaupun mungkin pertama akan dipakai diri sendiri dulu. Although this book in English, my review still in Bahasa Indonesia :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    Waiyan

    blabla

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Finlayson

    Fantastic! This book gives a good insight to Android development and is an easy read for beginners. Highly recommend to anyone starting Android development

  8. 3 out of 5

    Aadam

    One of the great technical book I ever read, which wasn't boring. I like the way they teach by first showing the problem and then explaining why that occurred and what to do to solve it. This book explains complex concepts with ease. I really enjoyed, although I read it too fast, because of a project that I have to do and the time sensitivity. Will read it again someday later to better understand some concepts.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Liam

    I bought this book to help me through a course I am taking on mobile development. I enjoyed reading through it and learned a lot about android programming. A lot of the solutions seem fairly clunky and I'm sure that there are much better ways to handle things, but this book provides a very good starting point.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Davide Finardi

    great start for a first grasp on android. I read also other introductory books, but this one provides consistent background and solid explanations to the topics proposed; other books instead had less structured approach. Never impossible, the approach is incremental with a gentle learning curve at least up to chapter 9. Good book, great reading: 4/5 stars, all deserved!

  11. 3 out of 5

    Mark Bates

    Okay book, little to heavy on the GUI stuff. and only describes GUI configurations with XML. Would like to see a little more services stuff and some WYSIWUG instructions for Android Studio. Good job at start up and shut down sequences and what goes where.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Nita

    Suitable for beginners

  13. 3 out of 5

    Liz C

    Great book when learning programming for Android, provides clear examples step by step.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tolga

    Best book to learn Android Development right now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Putra Surya

    as always we hope from head first series :) it is enjoy to read, and easy to practice

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rohit

    Nice book, but have to go through it again.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Xirplsmkalirsyadtegalgmail.Com

    ok

  18. 3 out of 5

    Delhi Irc

    Location: All location Accession No: DL027458-27464

  19. 5 out of 5

    Filip Gligorovic

    nothing

  20. 4 out of 5

    umang deepak mishra

  21. 3 out of 5

    Paul Whelan

    lots of the examples are out of date at this stage. Saying that I learned a lot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chitra Lakhotia

  23. 3 out of 5

    Nahuel Taibo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Richard Smith

  25. 4 out of 5

    srini

  26. 5 out of 5

    E

  27. 3 out of 5

    Goodreader

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaushik Sekar

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emtiaj

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nick

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