Marko Gargenta

Marko Gargenta

Android instructor, author and speaker

Hillsborough, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Android
Marko is the director of Twitter University, where he manages the training of Twitter Engineers in Android and other open source technologies. Previously he was co-founder of Marakana (acquired by Twitter), a firm that trained thousands of Android developers at Intel, Cisco, Qualcomm, Motorola, the Department of Defense, and other institutions. Marko is also the creator of Android Bootcamp course and co-founder of San Francisco Android Users' Group.

Learning Android Learning Android
by Marko Gargenta, Masumi Nakamura
Second Edition January 2014
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $29.99

Learning Android Learning Android
by Marko Gargenta
March 2011

Webcast: Open Android: What it means to be open and why you would care
July 08, 2011
In Open Android talk, we'll explore how Android is open and why that is important to you. We'll also look at where Android came from and where it could be going with its open-ness.

"There're books that require almost no thinking to understand their topics, even the hardest ones. There're books that are so well written that it merely takes hours to read them from cover to cover. If you're on your way into Android mobile development and wish you could read a book that would combine the features, Learning Android by Marko Gargenta should do it with ease."
--Jacek Laskowski,

"Whilst each enhancement is being made in each chapter, the overall picture or goal is also updated so that you can see how the components fit together. This book does a nice job on developing an application for the android market, it’s well-explained and concise and, therefore, recommended."
--Peter Daly

"As a developer I believe this book is an excellent resource to have by your side. Whether learning for the first time or having experience in development this book will take you through the A-Z of Android. "
--Mike Baker,

"Short, easy to understand, well written. "
--Ricardo Bánffy, dieblinkenlights

"All in all, I think Learning Android is perfect for someone who wants to get started in Android programming. It gives a nice gentle introduction to all of the basics of how the platform works. Most of this information is available on the web in various places, but it’s nice to have it all in one place, and I still think there’s value to having one book that takes you from step zero to a working app."
--Vinod Kurup,

"I highly recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in learning about programming on Android and would like to build a good foundation on good programming practices."

"Learning Android is comprehensive, accurate and surprisingly accessible."
--Tanya Gupta,

"I believe that this volume will prove a useful and necessary introduction to the Android OS and SDK (as well as architectural considerations) for anyone who wishes to explore hardware and software applications of Android beyond simple phone Apps."
--Ira Laefsky,

"Learning Android's author, Marko Gargenta, is an expert instructor with years of experience. Now you can get the benefit of his Android Bootcamp training class distilled down into an easy to read volume. Marko's book quickly guides the reader past the first baby steps of Android coding, then hits its stride with in-depth coverage of Services, Intents, and Broadcast Receivers."
--Ed Burnette

"A plethora of topics in a svelte package--the product of lots of time teaching Android to newcomers."
--Mark Murphy