A surprisingly broad survey
14 September 2011
This book teaches a surprisingly wide variety of tasks for the Android developer. Among the skills taught:
– Drawing your UI
– Making menus, context sensitive menus, shortcut keys and submenus
– Storing data on internal storage, external storage, the included SQLite database
– Detecting device orientation, using the accelerometer, detecting user gestures and the available sensors
– Communicating with the user through Alerts, progress bars, status bars and dialogues
– Adding graphics, rotating images, and using animation
– Playing audio files and recording video, audio and taking pictures
– Sending and receiving phone calls and SMS messages, using internet content
– Detecting the device location, using Google maps and other mapping skills
The format for each lesson is the same: Start with a new Eclipse project, add the bare minimum necessary to see the desired functionality.
I think this book will make a good reference for Android developers of all skill levels. Beginners should be prepared for a little online homework to flesh out ideas, as there is not a lot of theory here.
Want a free copy of the Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook then check out androidpolice.com who are running a competition and giving away 3 copies.
I am happy to announce that my Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook has now been published. Its available for the bargain price of $48.49 (£27.99) from a whole bunch of places although you can get it direct from Packt at a 10% discount for $40.49 (£25.19) at least for now. Its also available as an eBook as PDF , ePub and Packt’s own wonderful PacktLib format.
In September last year I started work on a book on Android development for Packt Publishers. It is due for publication in the next week or so and will be available at most good book stores and online from Packt, Amazon, WHSmiths and others.
Why not have a look at a sample chapter.