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Android Apps for Absolute Beginners, 3rd Edition

  • Length: 712 pages
  • Edition: 3
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2014-08-13
  • ISBN-10: 1484200209
  • ISBN-13: 9781484200209
  • Sales Rank: #2436587 (See Top 100 Books)

Anybody can start building multimedia apps for the Android platform, and this book will show you how! Now updated to include both Android 4.4 and the new Android L, Android Apps for Absolute Beginners, Third Edition takes you through the process of getting your first Android apps up and running using plain English and practical examples. If you have a great idea for an Android app, but have never programmed before, then this book is for you.

This book cuts through the fog of jargon and mystery that surrounds Android apps development, and gives you simple, step-by-step instructions to get you started.

  • Teaches Android application development in language anyone can understand, giving you the best possible start in Android development
  • Provides simple, step-by-step examples that make learning easy, allowing you to pick up the concepts without fuss
  • Offers clear code descriptions and layout so that you can get your apps running as soon as possible

This book covers both Android 4.4 (KitKat) and Android L, but is also backwards compatible to cover the previous Android releases since Android 1.5.

What you’ll learn

  • Download, install, and configure the latest software needed for Android app development
  • Work efficiently using an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Build useful, attractive applications and get them working immediately
  • Develop apps for both Android 4.4 and Android L
  • Create apps with ease using XML markup and drag-and-drop graphical layout editors
  • Use new media and graphics to skin your app so that it has maximum appeal
  • Create advanced apps combining XML, Java and new media content

Who this book is for

If you have a great idea for an Android app, but have never programmed before, then this book is for you. You don’t need to have any previous computer programming skills—as long as you have a desire to learn, and you know which end of the mouse is which, the world of Android apps development awaits!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Android App Development System
Chapter 2: Configuring Your Android App Development System
Chapter 3: An Introduction to the Android Application Development Platform
Chapter 4: Introduction to XML: Defining an Android App, Its Design, and Constants
Chapter 5: Introduction to Java: Objects, Methods, Classes, and Interfaces
Chapter 6: Android Screen Design: Writing to the Display Using Activity and View
Chapter 7: Making Apps Interactive: Intents, Event Handling, and Menus
Chapter 8: Android UI Design: Using Advanced ViewGroup Layout Containers
Chapter 9: Android Graphic Design: Making Your UI Designs Visual
Chapter 10: Android Animation: Making Your UI Designs Move
Chapter 11: Digital Video: Streaming Video, MediaPlayer, and MediaController classes
Chapter 12: Digital Audio: Providing Aural Feedback for UI Designs Using SoundPool
Chapter 13: Android Service Class and Threads: Background Processing
Chapter 14: Android Content Providers: Providing Data to Applications
Chapter 15: Developing for Android Wearable Devices
Chapter 16: The Future of Android: The 64-Bit Android 5.0 OS
Appendix A: Audio Concepts, Terminology, and Codecs

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