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Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Michael Burton, Donn Felker

ISBN: 978-1-118-38710-8

Oct 2012

408 pages


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!

Introduction 1

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

Index 369

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