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The professional programmer’s Deitel® guide to Android™ smartphone and tablet app development and the Eclipse IDE with the Android Development Tools (ADT) plug-in Billions of apps have been downloaded from Android Market! This book gives you everything you’ll need to start developing great Android apps quickly and getting them published on Android Market
I initially selected this book due to the multiple authors, hoping it would be more error free than other book I have read from single authors. So far that has been true, the more eyes in the review process really help not only catch errors but organize the material. Little things like all code snippets having line numbers and being high-lighted to follow the text really help. There are a good number of screen shots that make it easy to follow along with Eclipse on a windows or mac machine. I read so many posts on the internet saying Android has no GUI builder to layout widgets, and was very surprised, it wasn't until this book, I found out they are wrong. Adroid being what it is with Google behind it needs all the help with documentation and organization it can get. Google has that tendency to just leave it as-is, while their phD's make more hard to follow videos. The 16 apps they use as examples cover a nice range of UI, Services and libraries. The only negative is I'd prefer to...

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I initially selected this book due to the multiple authors, hoping it would be more error free than other book I have read from single authors. So far that has been true, the more eyes in the review process really help not only catch errors but organize the material. Little things like all code snippets having line numbers and being high-lighted to follow the text really help. There are a good number of screen shots that make it easy to follow along with Eclipse on a windows or mac machine. I read so many posts on the internet saying Android has no GUI builder to layout widgets, and was very surprised, it wasn't until this book, I found out they are wrong. Adroid being what it is with Google behind it needs all the help with documentation and organization it can get. Google has that tendency to just leave it as-is, while their phD's make more hard to follow videos. The 16 apps they use as examples cover a nice range of UI, Services and libraries. The only negative is I'd prefer to...
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Overall, the book is very easy to follow with great examples. So far I'm on chapter 9. My only gripe is that there are seemingly editorial errors, missing bits of code here and there. The latest example being in chapter 9, when programming sensorEventListener. (Fig. 9.13) The explanation doesn't sync up with the code. The author mentions using a get method in line 110, when the code itself is actually used in 112. This is a nitpicky editorial error, but for the sake of transparency, these should be caught. An even larger error is that the author writes "In this case we set shakeDetected to true, then configure....Setting variable shakeDetected to true ensures that while the confirmation dialog is displayed, method...." The shakeDetected variable isn't in the code anywhere. (Neither shown in the code example in the book or in the downloadable samples) This is a bit confusing.
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I have a stack of introductory Android books including the Dummies and 24 Hours titles. What I particularly like about this book is that it's built for people who learn by dissecting existing projects, so I've gained considerably more pulling apart the examples it covers than reading descriptive pages that often don't focus on the right topics.There's a wide range of different applications included ranging from the very simple to the fairly complex. They cover a broad part of Android's object model. While reading this isn't going to make you a pro coder overnight (and which book can do that?) it will give you a fair knowledge of all the various components that you will need to start write apps. This isn't designed for beginners but I would argue that programming Java and Android requires a minimum of some familiarity with basic coding concepts and object oriented principles. I really enjoyed the format of this book and hope to see more like it.PS - We're still...
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