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Sams Teach Yourself Android™ Application Development in 24 Hours, Second Edition

Book Description

Android is the world's #1 mobile development platform, and with the new Android 3.0, it's becoming as popular for tablets as it is for smartphones. If you are a beginner, in just 24 lessons of one hour or less, this friendly, full-color book will help you master modern Android development. You can build a fully-featured app from scratch, learning all the skills you'll need to create¿your own. Each lesson builds on prior chapters, providing a solid foundation for success. This edition is thoroughly updated for Android's newest features and development tools, while still supporting the popular Android 2.0. Coverage includes:

  • Using Eclipse to write apps quickly and efficiently

  • Understanding the application lifecycle

  • Building robust, friendly user interfaces

  • Retrieving, storing, and using data

  • Adding network, social, and location-based features

  • Supporting the camera and other hardware

  • Internationalizing, testing, and publishing apps

  • Revised and simplified step-by-step instructions with full-color screenshots walk you through key tasks... updated Q and As, Quizzes, and Exercises test your knowledge..."Did You Know?" tips offer insider advice..."Watch Out!" alerts help you avoid problems. By the time you're finished, you won't just understand core Android concepts: you'll be comfortable writing, testing, and publishing your own new apps.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents at a Glance
    4. Table of Contents
    5. About the Author
    6. Dedication
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. We Want to Hear from You!
    9. Reader Services
    10. Introduction
    11. Part I: Android Fundamentals
      1. Hour 1. Getting Started with Android
      2. Hour 2. Mastering the Android Development Tools
      3. Hour 3. Building Android Applications
      4. Hour 4. Managing Application Resources
      5. Hour 5. Configuring the Android Manifest File
      6. Hour 6. Designing an Application Framework
    12. Part II: Building an Application Framework
      1. Hour 7. Implementing an Animated Splash Screen
      2. Hour 8. Implementing the Main Menu Screen
      3. Hour 9. Developing the Help and Scores Screens
      4. Hour 10. Building Forms to Collect User Input
      5. Hour 11. Using Dialogs to Collect User Input
      6. Hour 12. Adding Application Logic
    13. Part III: Enhancing Your Application with Powerful Android Features
      1. Hour 13. Working with Images and the Camera
      2. Hour 14. Adding Support for Location-Based Services
      3. Hour 15. Adding Basic Network Support
      4. Hour 16. Adding Additional Network Features
      5. Hour 17. Adding Social Features
      6. Hour 18. Creating a Home Screen App Widget
    14. Part IV: Adding Polish to Your Android Application
      1. Hour 19. Internationalizing Your Application
      2. Hour 20. Developing for Different Devices
      3. Hour 21. Diving Deeper into Android
      4. Hour 22. Testing Android Applications
    15. Part V: Publishing Your Application
      1. Hour 23. Getting Ready to Publish
      2. Hour 24. Publishing on the Android Market
    16. Part VI: Appendixes
      1. Appendix A. Configuring Your Android Development Environment
      2. Appendix B. Eclipse IDE Tips and Tricks
      3. Appendix C. Supplementary Materials
    17. Index