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Wei-Meng Lee

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March 6 2012
Understand Android OS for both smartphone and tablet programming

This fast-paced introduction to the newest release of Android OS gives aspiring mobile app developers what they need to know to program for today's hottest Android smartphones and tablets. Android 4 OS is, for the first time, a single solution for both smartphones and tablets, so if you master the information in this helpful guide, you'll be well on your way to successful development for both devices. From using activities and intents and creating rich user interfaces to working with SMS, messaging APIs, and the Android SDK, what you need is here.

  • Provides clear instructions backed by real-world programming examples
  • Begins with the basics and covers everything Android 4 developers need to know for both smartphones and tablets
  • Explains how to customize activities and intents, create rich user interfaces, and manage data
  • Helps you work with SMS and messaging APIs, the Android SDK, and using location-based services
  • Details how to package and publish your applications to the Android Market

Beginning Android 4 Application Development pares down the most essential steps you need to know so you can start creating Android applications today.


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Quickly learn how to develop applications for Android 4 smartphones and tablets!

With Android 4, Google brings the full power of its Android operating system to both smartphone and tablet computing. This full-color guide teaches everything you'll need to know to successfully develop your own Android applications. The book addresses all the fundamentals, including user interfaces, networking, SMS messaging, databases, location-based services, and deployment. Veteran author Wei-Meng Lee covers it all and puts you well on your way to successful Android application development and deployment.

Beginning Android 4 Application Development:

  • Explains how to adapt to display orientation, understand the components of a screen, and handle user interface notifications

  • Explains the various elements that go into designing your user interface using views such as TextView, ProgressBar, AutoCompleteTextView, TimePicker, ListView, and more

  • Demonstrates how to display pictures and menus with views

  • Shows how to use a content provider and create your own content provider

  • Demonstrates how to put long running tasks in separate threads

  • Builds an application that tracks locations using SMS messaging

  • Demonstrates how to use JSON and Sockets programming to build your own chat application

  • Helps you prepare your Android application for the Android Market

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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About the Author

Wei-Meng Lee is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions, a technology company specializing in hands-on training in the latest Microsoft and Apple technologies. He is the author of Beginning Android Application Development and Beginning iOS 5 Application Development, as well as many other technology books and articles.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Aug. 14 2012
By David Marquez - Published on Amazon.com
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I have developed software for 18 years but I am new to Android. I think this book is a great tool for someone that is already a developer and wants to jump into the Android platform. The book contains a wide variety of very practical examples with very good explanations. I can tell this author really thought through the content of the book. The result has been a fine compendium of the most important facets of Android development.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! June 16 2012
By c0smic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked this book up after completing my intro to computer science class where we learned Java, and thought it'd be good to learn to program for Android. I've been working on a small app of mine, and it's great to go through the book and add new features. Awesome book for reference as well.
I've found this book very easy to read through on the Kindle version when viewed on the PC, however I would not suggest copy and pasting the code. You won't learn it as well, and the formatting will be a nightmare.
I recommend this book to anyone with prior knowledge of Java looking to get in to Android.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Andoid 4 Application Development March 25 2012
By Bunard - Published on Amazon.com
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I just bought this book last week and start reading from chapter 1, 2, 3 and learned that this book is really easy to learn. I like the author's style that he provided the code first and explained how the code does step by step later. It is easy to follow. This book describes what the title says: Beginning Android 4. I am new to Android, but I am an experience java web developer, that helps me to focus Android coding from this book and learn Android 4 very quick. I love how the book layout with multi-color which makes the reader easy and enjoy reading.
If you a beginner, this book is for you. I will update more after finish the book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done May 27 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been fumbling through the Android developer's site and other forums for a few months now. I found I was able to piece together a working app (slowly), but was not quite clear why I needed to do some things. This book is well written, and breaks down the code in an easily digestible way.

I have programmed in different languages over the years, but I am new to Java and Android. I find it a pleasure, and so far, it has provided many "aha" moments.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but needs to improve. Aug. 30 2012
By gabriel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is very good. It tries to show you the basics of android development and does a good job at that. However, some code examples are not fully explained as he skips sections of the code on his explanation (ex. In some code examples he does not explain what the arguments passed to a function are for.) Also some code sections contain errors and if you are not an experienced programmer you wont find them and it will be very frustrating. I recommend the book only if a you are an advanced programmer well used to understanding code, in at least other technologies.
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