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Here's just what you need to start developing feature-rich, amazing Android apps
Even if you've never written a mobile application, this book has the know-how you need to turn your great ideas into cool apps for the Android platform. With millions of smartphone users and a cornucopia of carriers, Android is a great place to ply the app development trade. This book shows you from the ground up how to set up your environment and create an app. Read on to become an Android developer extraordinaire!
Welcome to Android — learn what makes a great Android app, how to use the SDK, ways to work with mobile screens, and how the development process works
Make users happy — find out how to design an interface that mobile users will love
Learn the code — work with the activity lifecycle and Android framework classes, use the Eclipse debugger, and create a home screen widget for your app
Beyond the basics — take your skills up a notch with apps that involve SQLite databases and multiple screens
Price and publish — pick the right price for your app and get it into the Android Market
Open the book and find:
Cool ways to use the accelerometer in your app
How to turn mobile limitations into opportunities
Tips on installing and setting up the tools
Step-by-step coding directions
Ways to make your apps more marketable
How to create really useful menus
Advice on app pricing
Ten great sample apps and SDKs, including code
Create apps for hot smartphones like Droid X, Galaxy S, and MyTouch
Download the SDK and get Eclipse up and running
Code Android applications
Submit your apps to the Android Market
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.
About the Author
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.
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.