Sams Teach Yourself Android™ Application Development in 24 Hours

Book description


In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, learn how to build powerful applications for the world’s first complete, open, and free mobile platform: Android. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll build a fully-featured Android application from the ground up and master the skills you need to design, develop, test, and publish powerful applications. Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success!

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Android development tasks.

Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.

By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.

Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.

Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.

Learn how to…

  • Develop Android applications quickly and successfully with Java

  • Master Google’s Android SDK and development tools

  • Leverage the Eclipse programming environment to develop Android projects

  • Understand the Android application lifecycle

  • Build effective, user-friendly user interfaces

  • Retrieve, store, and work with application data

  • Develop powerful network applications

  • Add popular social features and location-based services to your applications

  • Take advantage of Android device hardware like the camera

  • Internationalize, test, and publish your Android applications

  • Table of contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Authors
    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 Network Support
      4. Hour 16. Adding More Network Support
      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

    Product information

    • Title: Sams Teach Yourself Android™ Application Development in 24 Hours
    • Author(s):
    • Release date: June 2010
    • Publisher(s): Sams
    • ISBN: 9780768696349