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About the Author
Sayed Y. Hashimi is the author of Pro Android, as well as a consultant and trainer in Jacksonville, Florida. Sayed has worked for startups and Fortune 100 companies. He has developed large-scale distributed applications with a variety of programming languages and platforms, including C++, Java, and .NET. Sayed has published in major software journals on topics ranging from low-level programming techniques to high-level architecture concepts.
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I have been extensively programming in java for a few years. Recently
I was reading about a CIO summit in our area and each of the CIOs talked about
how significant the new mobile devices are for banking, transportation
I wanted to see how to quickly gain expertise in the mobile space to
my already well established enterprise skills.
This book has pointed out that I can be up and running with Android
very quickly even without buying a single android device. I could walk
through almost all the examples of this book through the emulator.
I also like the fact that most of the chapters (except for a couple at
the begining) are stand alone. Each chapter has working examples that
have been specifically developed for that chapter with few
pre-requisites. I am able to download the zip files for each chapter
so that I can import them directly into eclipse. Then I am able to
read through the chapter and look at the working example
simultaneously to make the most of it.
If you look at the google android developer website you see that
android offers an extensive set of APIs. I do find the android
documentation on the android site very good. However I needed a book
that is a bit more organized and take me from concept to concept in a
By comparison I can see that this book covers a number of android
basic features that include intents, resources, menus, dialogs,
controls, services, security, preferences, activities, and content
providers. Some of these concepts are very unique to Android. The
authors have gone into a lot of detail while covering these topics. I
must say this strengthened my appreciation of Android as a full
fledged programming platform.
I am also very pleased with the coverage of Android internals that
include processes, threads, handlers, asynchronous tasks, broadcast
receivers, wake locks, long running services, notification manager
I have always wanted to see what it means to program in opengl. This
book provides an excellent introduction to opengl including the opengl
es 2.0. Be warned though that this is not an extensive guide on
OpenGL. You may have to buy a 500 page book just to do justice to all
the intricacies of OpenGL. This book does have references to further
material that you can read on OpenGL. The animation chapter is really
fun to read. The other advanced topics covered include maps,
telephony, sensors, media.
The coverage on the contacts api is extensive and good.
It is really surprising how quickly this book was released with
coverage for tablets only after a month or two of the honeycomb
Finally for a senior programmer this book goes into how to dive into
the android sdk source code right in the introductory chapter. I found
this really useful when I am not sure how a particular functionality
works when the SDK documentation is not clear.
As I have listed so many things this book covers it is fair to list a
few things that it does not cover. Game programmign is not covered at
all. Live Wall Paper topic is not covered. If you are thinking of
using Bluetooth API to write cool applications it is not covered
But I am really happy with the book because I am able to gain a broad
picture of the Android SDK. I am able to understand its architecture.
I am able to explore its advanced APIs. I am left with a lot
references to supporting material in each chapter.
Excellent in all and all.
Oh, one more thing! The supplemental website that supports this book
androidbook.com seem to contain a lot of the working notes of authors
in addition to their future research on Android SDK.
While it is called Pro Android 3, it does go over the all the steps needed to get an experienced programmer up and going with the eclipse IDE for android programming. If you are familiar with Java programming I would recommend this as a great first book for Android development.
Though I am not an active coder, I have done quite a bit of coding in C++ and am quite familiar with C# and Java.
With this background I am pleased to find that I can learn the basics
from scratch with this book. Midway through the book I saw that I can get a good footing
with the internals of Android. There are also lot of chapters on a ton
of independent advanced APIs (this list is evident from the table of
contents in the book description).
I have seen some folks asking about fragments and other tablet
specific APIs. I haven't gone through those chapters in detail but from an
initial look it seems to have lot of pages on those topics.
Overall, this is a great book for Android developers whether they are beginners or already gotten their hands dirty in this environment.
On the way to my first app in Android...
For me, Pro Android 3 does a great job covering the advanced topics of Android programming, ranging from the ins and outs of Services, to Widgets, to OpenGL programming. While Beginning Android 3 covers all of the core topics of the Android platform, the Pro series expands on all of these topics with more detail as well as explains things that aren't introduced in the Beginning books.
Each chapter generally covers one basic concept, such as Services or Sensors or Fragments. The chapters read easily and are intermingled with example code that is easy to understand. Code is generally presented in complete modules so you get a good sense of how everything fits together. Then, individual blocks of code are explained separately as needed. Each section ends with References where you can get more details. Throughout the book, there are a few concepts that are only briefly covered, though the book mentions that updates will be posted to [...] as they are researched more. Their website has all of the sample code and projects presented in the book.
If you're like me, having previously read Pro Android 2, Pro Android 3 is a great update. To be clear, a lot of the text from Pro Android 2 is carried over to Pro Android 3. However, over 400 pages have been added to the third edition, increasing the page count by nearly 50% to 1139 pages. The updates are a mixture of updated content from the second edition (Async Tasks and Download Manager were added to Building and Consuming Services), to brand new sections covering Android 2 features that were missing from the second edition (Broadcast Receivers and Long Running Services, Alarm Manager, Sensors, Contacts API, NFC, Packaging), to new sections covering Android 3 SDK features (Fragments, ActionBar, SDK 3.0 Widget updates, Drag and Drop, OpenGL ES 2.0). These updates make Pro Android 3 a must-buy even if you've already read Pro Android 2.
Like the previous edition, this book is my go-to book when I need to brush up on an Android concept, or to learn about something new that I want add to my apps (like SDK 3.0 features).
Again, I think the authors know what they are talking about and you can definitely learn from reading the book. Perhaps its just not in line with the way I learn.
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