Posts tagged “android book

Thanks again Rick

Another thank you to Rick Wagner who wrote a flattering post on his excellent blog. Read it here

Thanks Rick

Got this review for the book on from a Mr Rick Wagner from Arizona.

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.

Thanks Rick.

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Book Published

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.

Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook

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.