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Android Programming Unleashed (Unleashed)

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Android Programming Unleashed is the most comprehensive and technically sophisticated guide to best-practice Android development with today's powerful new versions of Android: 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Offering the exceptional breadth and depth developers have come to expect from the Unleashed series, it covers everything programmers need to know to develop robust, high-performance Android apps that deliver a superior user experience.

 

Leading developer trainer Bintu Harwani begins with basic UI controls, then progresses to more advanced topics, finally covering how to develop feature rich Android applications that can access Internet-based services and store data. He illuminates each important SDK component through complete, self-contained code examples that show developers the most effective ways to build production-ready code. Coverage includes: understanding the modern Android platform from the developer's standpoint… using widgets, containers, resources, selection widgets, dialogs, and fragments… supporting actions and persistence… incorporating menus, ActionBars, content providers, and databases… integrating media and animations… using web, map, and other services… supporting communication via messaging, contacts, and emails… publishing Android apps, and much more.

About the Author

B.M. Harwani is founder and owner of Microchip Computer Education (MCE), based in Ajmer, India, that provides computer education in all programming and web developing platforms. He graduated with a BE in computer engineering from the University of Pune, and also has a C Level (master’s diploma in computer technology) from DOEACC, Government of India. Being involved in the teaching field for more than 18 years, he has developed the art of explaining even the most complicated topics in a straightforward and easily understandable fashion. To know more, visit his blog http://bmharwani.com/blog.

Table of Contents

Introduction     1

Key Topics That This Book Covers     1

Key Benefits That This Book Provides     2

How This Book Is Organized     2

Code Examples for This Book     5

I: Fundamentals of Android Development

1  Introduction to Android     9

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK     9

Understanding the Android Software Stack     11

Installing the Android SDK     12

  Adding Platforms and Other Components     16

  Installing Eclipse     20

  Installing the Android Development Tools (ADT) Plug-in     22

  Making the ADT Plug-in Functional     24

Creating Android Virtual Devices     24

Creating the First Android Project     27

  Laying Out the Application     31

  Defining Action Code Through Java     34

  Running the Application     36

Using the TextView Control     39

  Assigning the Text Directly in the Layout File     39

  Assigning Text Through the Activity File     40

  Applying Dimensions to Controls     42

  Aligning Content with the Gravity Attribute     43

  Commonly Used Attributes     43

Using the Android Emulator     47

  Limitations of the Android Emulator     47

The Android Debug Bridge (ADB)     48

Launching Android Applications on a Handset     50

Summary     51

2  Basic Widgets     53

Understanding the Role of Android Application Components     53

Understanding the Utility of Android API     55

Overview of the Android Project Files     57

Understanding Activities     59

  Understanding the Android Activity Life Cycle     60

Role of the Android Manifest File     61

  Using the Manifest Editor     64

Creating the User Interface     64

Commonly Used Layouts and Controls    66

Event Handling     67

  Creating an Anonymous Inner Class     68

  Activity Implementing the OnClickListener Interface     71

  Declaring the Event Handler in the XML Control Definition     72

Displaying Messages Through Toast     75

Creating and Starting an Activity     76

  Describing Operations Through Intent     77

  Method Used to Start an Activity     77

  Creating Your Own Layout File     78

  Creating a New Activity     79

  Registering the New Activity     80

  Starting the Activity     81

Using the EditText Control     82

  Attributes Used to Configure the EditText Control     82

  Adding an Event Listener to the EditText Control    84

Choosing Options with CheckBox     87

Choosing Mutually Exclusive Items Using RadioButtons     91

Summary     98

II:  Building Blocks for Android Application Design

3  Laying Out Controls in Containers     101

Introduction to Layouts     101

LinearLayout     102

  Applying the orientation Attribute     102

  Applying the height and width Attributes     103

  Applying the padding Attribute     103

  Applying the weight Attribute     106

  Applying the Gravity Attribute     108

  Using the android:layout_gravity Attribute     109

RelativeLayout     111

  Layout Control Attributes     113

AbsoluteLayout     121

Using ImageView     124

FrameLayout     125

TableLayout     129

  Operations Applicable to TableLayout     129

GridLayout Layout     133

  Specifying Row and Column Position     134

  Spanning Rows and Columns     134

  Inserting Spaces in the GridLayout     134

Adapting to Screen Orientation     138

  Anchoring Controls     138

  Defining Layout for Each Mode     140

Summary     145

4  Utilizing Resources and Media     147

Resources     147

  Types of Resources     148

Creating Values Resources     150

  Dimension Resources      153

  Color Resources     156

  Styles and Themes     159

  Applying Themes     162

  Arrays     165

Using Drawable Resources     170

Switching States with Toggle Buttons     174

Creating an Image Switcher Application     179

Scrolling Through ScrollView     183

  Use of the android:fillViewport Attribute     185

Playing Audio     186

  Adding Audio to the Application     187

Playing Video     195

  Loading Video onto an SD Card     195

Displaying Progress with ProgressBar     199

Using Assets     204

Summary     207

5  Using Selection Widgets and Debugging     209

Using ListView      209

  Creating a ListView with an Activity Base Class     211

  Creating ListView by Extending ListActivity     217

Using the Spinner Control     220

  Populating a Spinner Through Resources     220

  Populating a Spinner Through ArrayAdapter     223

  AutoCompleteTextView     225

Using the GridView Control     227

  GridView Attributes     228

  Displaying Images in GridView     231

Creating an Image Gallery Using the ViewPager Control     235

Using the Debugging Tool: Dalvik Debug Monitor Service (DDMS)     239

Debugging Applications     245

  Placing Breakpoints in an Application     245

Using the Debug Perspective     247

  Debug Pane     248

  Expressions Pane     249

  Breakpoints Pane     250

  Variables Pane     254

  Adding Logging Support to Android Applications     255

Summary     256

6  Displaying and Fetching Information Using Dialogs and Fragments     259

What Are Dialogs?     259

  AlertDialog     261

  Methods of the AlertDialog.Builder Subclass     261

  Getting Input via the Dialog Box     264

  DatePickerDialog     267

  TimePickerDialog     271

Selecting the Date and Time in One Application     275

Fragments     282

  The Structure of a Fragment     282

  The Life Cycle of a Fragment     282

Creating Fragments with Java Code     294

  FragmentManager     294

  Communicating Between Fragments     296

  Navigating to Previous Fragments     296

  Retrieving Content Passed Through Bundle     297

  Saving and Restoring the State of Fragments     297

Creating Special Fragments     301

  Creating a ListFragment     301

  Using a DialogFragment     305

  Using PreferenceFragment     311

Summary     319

III:  Building Menus and Storing Data

7  Creating Interactive Menus and ActionBars     323

Menus and Their Types     323

Creating Menus Through XML     324

  Creating an Options Menu     325

  Adding Submenus     332

  Creating a Context Menu     336

Creating Menus Through Coding     345

  Defining Options Menus     345

  Creating Submenus     346

  Trying It Out     349

Applying a Context Menu to a ListView     354

Using the ActionBar     358

  Enabling the ActionBar     360

  Using an Application’s Icon for Navigation     361

  Displaying Action Items     362

Replacing a Menu with the ActionBar     370

Creating a Tabbed ActionBar     377

Creating a Drop-Down List ActionBar     380

Summary     384

8  Using Databases     385

Using the SQLiteOpenHelper Class     385

  Building an SQLite Project     386

  Fetching the Desired Rows from Tables     391

  Using Cursors     392

Accessing Databases with the ADB     394

  Accessing the Database Through Menus     398

Creating a Data Entry Form     401

  Displaying Table Rows Via ListView     410

Summary     417

IV:  Advanced Android Programming: Internet, Entertainment, and Services

9  Implementing Drawing and Animation     421

Drawing on the Screen     421

  Using Canvas and Paint     421

  Using Gradients     436

Animations     445

  Understanding Frame-by-Frame Animation     446

  Understanding Tweening Animation     453

Applying Interpolators     471

Summary     472

10  Displaying Web Pages and Maps     473

Displaying Web Pages     473

  Enabling JavaScript     477

  Handling Page Navigation     477

  Adding Permission for Internet Access     478

Using the WebViewClient Class     480

Using Google Maps     483

  Obtaining a Google Maps API Key     483

  Installing the Google API     484

  AVDs for Map-Based Applications     485

  Creating a Google Maps-Based Application     486

  Using Location-Based Services     490

  Supplying Latitude and Longitude Values Through DDMS     494

  Sending GPS Locations Manually     495

  Passing Locations in GPX/KML Format     496

  Displaying Map Locations     496

  Printing the GPS Location Address     502

  Displaying Map Markers     507

  Using ItemizedOverlay    511

Summary     516

11  Communicating with SMS and Emails     517

Understanding Broadcast Receivers     517

  Broadcasting an Intent     518

  Receiving the Broadcast Intent     519

Using the Notification System     523

  Notification via the Status Bar     523

Sending SMS Messages with Java Code     531

  Getting Permission to Send SMS Messages     534

  Writing Java Code     534

Receiving SMS Messages     541

Sending Email     546

Working with the Telephony Manager    553

  Making the Outgoing Call     553

  Listening for Phone State Changes     554

Summary     558

12  Creating and Using Content Providers     559

What Is a Content Provider     559

Understanding the Android Content URI     560

Using Content Providers     561

Creating a Custom Content Provider     566

  Defining a Content Provider     566

  Defining a Database     568

  Defining the Content URI     569

  Defining MIME Types     570

  Implementing the getType, query, insert, update, and delete Methods     571

  Registering Content Providers     587

Summary     589

13  Creating and Consuming Services     591

Moving Tasks to Background Threads     591

  Using the Handler Class     592

  Using the AsyncTask Class     594

Accessing Data from the Internet     598

  Consuming SOAP Services     602

Creating a Service     607

  Interacting with the Service     611

Creating a Bound Service     614

Setting Up Alarms     619

  Setting Repeating Alarms     620

  Setting Up the Time for the Alarm     620

Using Sensors     626

Summary     631

14  Publishing Android Applications     633

Setting Versioning Information of an Application     633

Generating a Certificate, Digitally Signing the Android Applications, and Generating the APK     636

  Signing Applications Using the Export Android Application Wizard     637

Distributing Applications with Google Play     638

  Getting Started with Google Play     639

  Localizing Android Applications     641

  Monetizing Our Applications     642

Summary     642

Index     643

Product Details

ISBN:
9780672336287
Author:
Harwani, Bm
Publisher:
Sams
Author:
Harwani, Bintu
Author:
Harwani, B. M.
Subject:
Computer Languages-Java
Subject:
Android Development; Android Application Development; Learning Android Programming; Learning Android Development; Advanced Android Programming; Android for Dummies; Learning Android; Android Reference; Android Guide; Android Professional; Professional And
Subject:
Android Development; Android Application Development; Learning Android Programming; Learning Android Development; Advanced Android Programming; Android for Dummies; Learning Android; Android Reference; Android Guide; Android Professional; Professional And
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Unleashed
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
696
Dimensions:
9.125 x 7 x 0.847 in 860 gr

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