Android continues to be one of the two leading mobile OS and development platforms driving today's mobile innovations and the apps ecosystem. Android appears complex, but offers a variety of organized development kits to those coming into Android with differing programming language skill sets.
Android Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach guides you step by step through a wide range of useful topics using complete and real-world working code examples.
In this book, you quickly get a refresh of Android architecture and app fundamentals, and then you get down to business and build an app with Google's Android SDK at the command line and Eclipse in an IDE context. Then you'll learn how to accomplish practical tasks pertaining to the user interface, communications with the cloud, device hardware, data persistence, communications between applications, and interacting with Android itself. Finally, you'll learn how to leverage various libraries and Scripting Layer for Android to help you perform tasks more quickly; how to use the Android NDK to boost app performance; and how to design apps for performance, responsiveness, seamlessness, and more.
Instead of abstract descriptions of complex concepts, you find live code examples in this book. When you start a new project, you can consider copying and pasting the code and configuration files from this book, and then modifying them for your own customization needs. This can save you a great deal of work over creating a project from scratch!
What you'll learn
Discover Android architecture and various Android-specific APIs.
How to develop a Units Converter app in the context of command-line/Android SDK and Eclipse/Android SDK environments.
How to accomplish various tasks related to the user interface and more.
How to use external libraries to save time and effort.
How to quickly develop an app using the Scripting Layer 4 Android tool.
How to boost app performance by using the Android NDK.
Guidelines for designing filtered apps, performant apps, responsive apps, and seamless apps.
Who this book is for
Newcomers to Android as well as more accomplished Android developers.