Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Bring your big ideas to the small screen with this one-of-a-kind guide to creating amazing Android applications
The Android OS continues to rapidly expand offering app developers access to one of the largest platforms available, and this easy-to-follow guide walks you through the development process step by step. In this new edition of the bestselling Android Application Development For Dummies, Android programming experts Michael Burton and Donn Felker explain how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and share your finished products with the world.
Featuring two sample programs, this book explores everything from the simple basics to advanced aspects of Android application development.
- Walks you through all the steps in developing applications for the Android platform, including the latest Android features like scrollable widgets, enhanced UI tools, social media integration, and new calendar and contact capabilities
- Starts off with downloading the SDK, then explains how to bring your applications to life and submit your work to the Android Market
- Includes real-world advice from expert programmers Donn Felker and Michael Burton, who break every aspect of the development process down into practical, digestible pieces
Whether you're new to Android development or already on your way, Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the guide you need to dig into the app dev process!
Part I: The Nuts and Bolts of Android 7
Chapter 1: Developing Spectacular Android Applications 9
Chapter 2: Prepping Your Development Headquarters 27
Part II: Building and Publishing
Your First Android Application 53
Chapter 3: Your First Android Project 55
Chapter 4: Designing the User Interface 91
Chapter 5: Coding Your Application 115
Chapter 6: Understanding Android Resources 153
Chapter 7: Turning Your Application into a Home Screen Widget 161
Chapter 8: Publishing Your App to the Google Play Store 183
Part III: Creating a Feature-Rich Application 203
Chapter 9: Designing the Task Reminder Application 205
Chapter 10: Going a la Carte with Your Menu 229
Chapter 11: Handling User Input 237
Chapter 12: Getting Persistent with Data Storage 259
Chapter 13: Reminding the User with AlarmManager 287
Chapter 14: Updating the Android Status Bar 301
Chapter 15: Working with Android’s Preferences Framework 311
Part IV: Tablets 325
Chapter 16: Developing for Tablets 327
Chapter 17: Porting Your App to Android Tablets 335
Chapter 18: Moving beyond Google 349
Part V: The Part of Tens 359
Chapter 19: Ten Free Sample Applications and SDKs 361
Chapter 20: Ten Tools to Simplify Your Development Life 365
Michael Burton is a Groupon software engineer and the creator of the Groupon, Digg, TripIt, and OpenTable Android apps plus many more. Donn Felker is an Android programmer, Microsoft ASP Insider, MCTS in Web Client Development for .NET 2.0 and 3.5, and certified ScrumMaster.
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Today, the world’s bestselling reference series, For Dummies® announces Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley, 978-1-1183-8710-8, October 2012) an update to its bestselling Android development title. In this new edition, Android programming experts Michael Burton and Donn Felker explain how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and submit the finished products to the Android Market.
Featuring two sample programs, this introductory book explores everything from simple basics to advanced aspects of Android application development. The book starts readers off with downloading the SDK, then explains how bring their applications to life and submit their work to the Android Market. Android Application Development For Dummies explains the latest Android features like scrollable widgets, enhanced UI tools, social media integration, and new calendar and contact capabilities.
Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.dummies.com/buy/9781118387108. Additionally, the Cheat Sheet on Dummies.com includes helpful hints for Android app development, useful Eclipse keyboard shortcuts for developing Android apps, common Android intent usage and more. For additional information about this book and related For Dummies products, visit www.dummies.com/go/andevcon.