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Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Donn Felker, Michael Burton

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Android Development Basics

Thank goodness you don’t have to be a member of Mensa to develop Android applications! Developing in Android is simple because its default language is Java. Though writing Android applications is fairly easy, developing alone can be a difficult task to conquer.

tip.eps If you’ve never developed applications before, this book isn’t the best place to start reading about app development. Pick up a copy of Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies, by Barry Burd (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) to learn the ropes. After you have a basic understanding of Java under your belt, you should be ready to tackle this book.

Although the Android operating system consists primarily of Java code, small parts of the framework aren’t included. Android uses the XML language as well as basic Apache Ant scripting for build processes. You need to cement your basic understanding of XML before delving into this book.

tip.eps If you need an introduction to XML, check out XML For Dummies, by Lucinda Dykes and Ed Tittel (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).

If you already know how to use Java and XML, congratulations — you’re ahead of the curve.

Java: Your Android programming language

Android applications are written in Java — not the full-blown version of Java that’s familiar to developers using Java Platform, ...

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