Android in Practice
Charlie Collins, Michael D. Galpin, and Matthias Kaeppler
  • September 2011
  • ISBN 9781935182924
  • 648 pages
  • printed in black & white

In-depth coverage of the No. 1 smartphone platform.

Gabor Paller, Ericsson

Android in Practice is a treasure trove of Android goodness, with over 90 tested, ready-to-use techniques including complete end-to-end example applications and practical tips for real world mobile application developers. Written by real world Android developers, this book addresses the trickiest questions raised in forums and mailing lists. Using an easy-to-follow problem/solution/discussion format, it dives into important topics not covered in other Android books, like advanced drawing and graphics, testing and instrumentation, building and deploying applications, using alternative languages, and native development.

About the book

It's not hard to find the information you need to build your first Android app. Then what? If you want to build real apps, you will need some how-to advice, and that's what this book is about.

Android in Practice is a rich source of Android tips, tricks, and best practices, covering over 90 clever and useful techniques that will make you a more effective Android developer. Techniques are presented in an easy-to-read problem/solution/discussion format. The book dives into important topics like multitasking and services, testing and instrumentation, building and deploying applications, and using alternative languages.

What's inside

  • 91 Techniques covering Android 1.x to 3.x
  • Android for tablets
  • Working with threads and concurrency
  • Testing and building
  • Using location awareness and GPS
  • Styles and themes
  • much more!

About the reader

This book requires a working knowledge of Java, but no prior experience with Android is assumed.

About the authors

Charlie Collins is a mobile and web developer at MOVL, a contributor to several open source projects, and a coauthor of GWT in Practice and Unlocking Android. Michael Galpin is a developer at Bump Technologies and worked on two of the most downloaded apps on the Android Market, Bump, and eBay Mobile. Matthias Käppler is an Android and API engineer at Qype.

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Practical and immediately useful.

Kevin McDonagh, Novoda

Gets you thinking with an Android mindset.

Norman Klein, POSMobility

The hows and the whys. Highly Recommended!

Al Scherer, Follett Higher Education Group

Go from regular old Java developer to cool Android app author!

Cheryl Jerozal, Atlassian