Android 3 SDK Programming For Dummies

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9781118008256: Android 3 SDK Programming For Dummies

Get quickly up to speed with the latest Android SDK

Aimed at object oriented programmers, this straightforward-but-fun book serves as the most efficient way to understand Android, update an existing Android application, port a mobile application from another environment, or simply learn the ins and outs of the latest Android SDK. Packed with all the code and modules featured throughout, this guide also includes tutorials, tests, and project ideas.

The authors forego the unnecessary repetition of material you already know and instead cut straight to the essentials such as interacting with hardware, getting familiar with the operating system, and networking. You'll walk through the process of designing, building, running, and debugging the application while you also learn Android best practices.

  • Demonstrates a wide variety of Android features, including user interface design, application management, data and content management, and incorporating external services
  • Organizes the many packages of the Android SDK by functionality and details which standards and features are appropriate for each level of the Android SDK
  • Explains the new features of the latest Android SDK with examples and snippets that demonstrate how to effectively incorporate the features into new or existing applications
  • Features all programming examples, including the sample application, on the companion web site

Android 3 SDK Programming For Dummies is written in clear, plain English to help you quickly understand and program the latest Android SDK.

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Get in on the Android action! Learn to build exciting, engaging, high-quality apps

Ready to start building cool apps for Android devices? If you have a good understanding of Java and a bit of experience with Eclipse, this book gives you just what you need to start creating apps that Android users will love. Learn the fine points of Android app design, how to build what users want, and how to test and market your app.

  • Getting started — explore the unique needs and capabilities of mobile apps, the Eclipse IDE, and the Android Application Model

  • The app core — choose the right SDK level, examine user components, and use object-oriented techniques to design and build the core of your app

  • Essential qualities — learn how to make your app fast, responsive, and secure

  • Add bells and whistles — include advanced capabilities such as integrated web and location services, audio and video, and sensors

  • Finishing touches — perform unit testing, optimize performance, and get your app to market

Open the book and find:

  • What a mobile app should contain

  • The relationship between XML layout files and Android classes

  • Tips for making buttons behave

  • Help identifying app insecurities

  • Ways to incorporate e-mail and SMS into your app

  • Advice on capturing audio, video, and images

  • How to optimize your app's performance

  • Ten top developer resources

Visit the companion website at www.dummies.com/go/android3sdkprogramming to find source code, updates, and other features you can use in your programming efforts.

Learn to:

  • Build an app for the Android OS, following step-by-step directions

  • Design interfaces, manage applications, and use external services

  • Choose the appropriate Android version for your application

  • Work with the newest SDK features

About the Author:

Rajiv Ramnath, PhD, is Director of Practice at the Collaborative for Enterprise Transformation and Innovation and Associate Director for the Institute of Sensing Systems at The Ohio State University. He teaches software engineering at OSU and assists with interdisciplinary curriculum development.

Roger Crawfis and Paolo Sivilotti are also professors in the computer science department at The Ohio State University.

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