Pro Android 2, Issue 2 (Google eBook)
Pro Android 2 shows how to build real-world and fun mobile applications using Google’s latest Android software development kit. This new edition is updated for Android 2, covering everything from the fundamentals of building applications for embedded devices to advanced concepts such as custom 3D components, OpenGL, and touchscreens including gestures. While other Android development guides simply discuss topics, Pro Android 2 offers the combination of expert insight and real sample applications that work.
Pro Android 2 dives deep, providing you with all the knowledge and techniques you need to build mobile applications ranging from games to Google apps, including add-ons to Google Docs. You’ll be able to extend and run the new Google Chrome APIs on the G1, the G2, and other next-generation Google phones and Android-enabled devices.What you’ll learn
This book is for professional software engineers/programmers looking to move their ideas and applications into the mobile space with Android. It assumes that readers have a passable understanding of Java, including being able to write classes and handle basic inheritance structures. This book also targets hobbyists.Table of Contents
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First, the good:
A reasonably good introduction to writing software for the Android platform. Good for people who are already familiar with the Java programming language, especially those coming from either J2ME or Enterprise software backgrounds.
Then the bad:
The book feels very poorly researched. A good part of the author's commentary about related technologies or how hardware behaves is simply wrong (for example, the author asserts that touch screens are piezoelectric devices when in fact the vast majority of touch screens are capacitive or infrared-based) or less than accurate.
This book reads like someone read through the SDK and decided to re-word Google's developer guides just enough to be publishable.
Overall, the text reads poorly.
Building User Interfaces and Using Controls
Working with Menus and Dialogs
Unveiling 2D Animation
Exploring Security and LocationBased Services
Building and Consuming Services
Exploring Live Folders
Home Screen Widgets
Exploring Text to Speech and Translate APIs
A WebKitBased Approach to Android Development
Working with Android Market
Outlook and Resources