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Android Application Development For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-77018-4
384 pages
December 2010
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The fun and friendly guide to creating applications on the Android platform

The popularity of the Android market is soaring with no sign of slowing down. The open nature of the Android OS offers programmers the freedom to access the platform's capabilities and this straightforward guide walks you through the steps for creating amazing Android applications. Android programming expert Donn Felker explains how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and submit your finished products to the Android Market. Featuring two sample programs, this introductory book explores everything from the simple basics to more advanced aspects of the Android platform.

  • Takes you soup through nuts of developing applications for the Android platform
  • Begins with downloading the SDK, then explains how to code Android applications and submit projects to the Android Market
  • Written by Android guru Donn Felker, who breaks every aspect of developing applications for the Android platform into easily digestible pieces

No matter your level of programming experience, Android Application Development For Dummies is an ideal guide for getting started with developing applications for the Android platform.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Nuts and Bolts of Android.

Chapter 1: Developing Spectacular Android Applications.

Chapter 2: Prepping Your Development Headquarters.

Part II: Building and Publishing Your First Android Application.

Chapter 3: Your First Android Project.

Chapter 4: Designing the User Interface.

Chapter 5: Coding Your Application.

Chapter 6: Understanding Android Resources.

Chapter 7: Turning Your Application into a Home-Screen Widget.

Chapter 8: Publishing Your App to the Android Market.

Part III: Creating a Feature-Rich Application.

Chapter 9: Designing the Task Reminder Application.

Chapter 10: Going a la Carte with Your Menu.

Chapter 11: Handling User Input.

Chapter 12: Getting Persistent with Data Storage.

Chapter 13: Reminding the User with AlarmManager.

Chapter 14: Updating the Android Status Bar.

Chapter 15: Working with Android’s Preference Framework.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Great Free Sample Applications and SDKs (With Code!).

Chapter 17: Ten Tools That Make Your Developing Life Easier.


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Author Information

Donn Felker is an independent consultant specializing in Android and .NET technologies. He has been a technical architect, software developer, and programmer analyst for more than a decade, with experience that covers desktop, Web, and mobile development.
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Press Release

November 11, 2011
Android Application Development For Dummies

Dummies author and Android developer Donn Felker shows readers how to use the strings.xml file as well as additional strings files to store configuration data for their Android applications.

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