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Beginning Android Application Development

ISBN: 978-1-118-08780-0
448 pages
March 2011
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Create must-have applications for the latest Android OS

The Android OS is a popular and flexible platform for many of today's most in-demand mobile devices. This full-color guide offers you a hands-on introduction to creating Android applications for the latest mobile devices. Veteran author Wei Meng Lee accompanies each lesson with real-world examples to drive home the content he covers. Beginning with an overview of core Android features and tools, he moves at a steady pace while teaching everything you need to know to successfully develop your own Android applications.

  • Explains what an activity is and reviews its lifecycle
  • Zeroes in on customizing activities by applying styles and themes
  • Looks at the components of a screen, including LinearLayout, AbsoluteLayout, and RelativeLayout, among others
  • Details ways to adapt to different screen sizes and adjust display orientation
  • Reviews the variety of views such as TextView, ProgressBar, TimePicker, and more

Beginning Android Application Development pares down the most essential steps you need to know so you can start creating Android applications today.

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INTRODUCTION xv

GETTING STARTED W CHAPTER 1: ITH ANDROID PROGRAMMING 1

CHAPTER 2: ACTIVITIES AND INTENTS 27

CHAPTER 3: GETTING TO KNOW THE ANDROID USER INTERFACE 81

CHAPTER 4: DESIGNING YOUR USER INTERFACE USING VIEWS 125

CHAPTER 5: DISPLAYING PICTURES AND MENUS WITH VIEWS 169

CHAPTER 6: DATA PERSISTENCE 203

CHAPTER 7: CONTENT PROVIDERS 237

CHAPTER 8: MESSAGING AND NETWORKING 263

CHAPTER 9: LOCATION-BASED SERVICES 301

CHAPTER 10: DEVELOPING ANDROID SERVICES 331

CHAPTER 11: PUBLISHING ANDROID APPLICATIONS 359

APPENDIX A: USING ECLIPSE FOR ANDROID DEVELOPMENT 381

APPENDIX B: USING THE ANDROID EMULATOR 393

APPENDIX C: ANSWERS TO EXERCISES 411

INDEX 415

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Wei-Meng Lee is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions (www.learn2develop.net). He writes extensively for online publications and magazines on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. In addition, he is the author of Beginning iOS 4 Application Development, as well as many other technology books and articles.
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