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Develop Android apps using tools you already know—C# and .NET

Aimed at providing readers with a thorough, reliable resource that guides them through the field of Android application programming, this must-have book shows how to write applications using Mono with C# that run on the Android family of devices. A team of authors provides you with the knowledge you need to become a successful Android application developer without having to learn another programming language. You'll explore screen controls, UI development, tables and layouts, and MonoDevelop as you become adept at planning, building, and developing Android applications with Mono for Android.

Professional Android Programming with Mono for Android and .NET/C#:

  • Shows you how to use your existing C# and .NET skills to build Android apps

  • Details optimal ways to work with data and bind data to controls

  • Explains how to program with Android device hardware

  • Dives into working with the file system and application preferences

  • Discusses how to share code between Mono for Android, MonoTouch, and Windows® Phone 7

  • Reveals tips for globalizing your apps with internationalization and localization support

  • Covers development of tablet apps with Android 4

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About the Author

Wallace B. McClure is a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, and member of the national INETA Speaker's Bureau, and has a popular blog and podcast.

Nathan Blevins is an ASPInsider, a public speaker, and blogs at

John J. Croft IV is an author, developer, and senior technical manager for Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta.

Jonathan Dick develops mobile applications, maintains and contributes to several open source projects for mobile, and blogs about it all at

Chris Hardy, a Microsoft ASPInsider, is a .NET consultant focusing on MonoTouch and Mono for Android development and tweets @chrisntr.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Intro to MonoTouch Android for Transitioning C# Programmers May 14 2012
By Smertrios - Published on
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As a .Net C# programmer moving into the smartphone world, the Java/Eclipse toolchain has always felt like a step backward. Came monoTouch for Android and I'm finally back in business! The Xamarin team is top-notch and could probably teach MS a few tricks. Overall, being able to develop Android Apps in C# using Visual Studio is a winwin combination for me. Yes, the runtime adds to the binary footprint but for quick and/or small-volume apps, the framework is unrivaled in its stability and development environment. And a no-brainer for a .Net guy.

However, as with all fast moving technologies, the documentation, while decent, is a bit sketchy once you pass beyond your first "Hello World" app. The Xamarin site is good for reference but a little thin on in-depth examples. If you've got some Java Android experience, then it's not so much of an issue because you already know the SDK and typical Android recipes/patterns. But as a transitioning C# programmer, you'll spend hours figuring out basic stuff from starting/managing a background service, inter process communication, application preferences, onboard devices, etc...

"Professional Android Programming" will save you time and bring you up to speed on the Android way of doing things. Wanting to get a small app running asap, I devoured this book and learned a whole bunch over the weekend. Where I had previously spent hours figuring out persistent preferences, I was up and running in an hour after reading chap.7 on Application Preferences. Gotta love clear & concise examples!

If you're getting into Android programming via monoTouch, then do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book. It'll save you time and frustration. Happy coding.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book for newbies April 10 2012
By King Coffee - Published on
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This book is an excellence start for beginners. I tried to convert a java code example to a c# example. The example was to demo Touch Screen via a listener class. The MotionEvent:Action class apprears to be redesigned, and no usage examples were available. Most samples referenced by the Xanarin websites are for MonoTouch and not Mono for Android. The website documents are not complete, it usually gives the same info as the VS 2010 intelliscence. Which is very good and well supported.

In short, the book is only a good start... but most real world UIs requires advanced UI programming, which with book lacks.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Immature Technology - You Will be Coding in the Wild West April 23 2013
By Richard L. Wohletz - Published on
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There are too numerous bugs and glitches to mention. Just a few - we could never get the emulator to come up. We read there were many problems with this, so we tried using SharpDevelop instead of Visual Studio - it worked. Surprise. So getting a "Hello World" app running seemed like an accomplishment. Next step - running with googlemaps in the background. This never worked. We eventually had to give up on the technology. The book is hopelessly out of date, including all the screen shots. And the final chapter that describes interoperability admits it's more theoretical than practical.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction to Mono for Android (aka MonoDroid) Aug. 29 2012
By Michael S. Muegel - Published on
Format: Paperback
There was good detail in some areas I was keen on: services, notifications, scheduling, and inter-app communication. On the UI side, I came away with a good understanding of key classes and Android UI architecture.

But the great thing about Android vs. iOS programming is that Java is so close to C#, it is easy to read the Android docs on Google's Website and get more detail. So I am using this book as a starting point to learn Android development using C#. I have a great foundation after reading this book. I could start coding today if I wanted to, but I plan on perusing the official Android docs for more detail in some areas.

The sample code is great. I did have to switch to Mono for Android alpha release to deploy to my Nexus 7. No fault of authors of course. Some sample solutions did not have "deploy" checked in the configuration (Build->Configuration Manager). But the MfA error message clued me in to the issue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nothing more but a list of snippets June 8 2013
By Gary - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book does not teach you anything. Nor is it a reference. After an introduction to Android and Mono it just goes into the most shallow description of attributes with miles of partial snippets. I haven't seen anything so shallow since I was diving the Everglades marshes.
Snippets and comments thrown together is not a book, its a hurried attempt to jump an opportunity to sell another book on the hot topic of Apps.
A shame.