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Publisher: Independent Digital (November 29, 2014)
Publication Date: November 29, 2014
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This was a great book for beginners. The book walks you through creating a sample application, which is also available for download from the Google Play store. The steps are easy and cover many of the basic programming concepts you'll need to get started with Android. This book is not about teaching you Java, so if you have no Java programming experience you will be out of luck, however if you know a language such as c#, then you can follow the examples with no problem. There are links to the official Android documentation that applies to that section as well as links to a tutorial site. What I find helpful the most was the "A Quick Explanation" sections after completing the steps. These "Quick" sections provide an explanation on the programming steps that you just completed.
This book is excellent for the beginning Android Studio programmer. The book enabled me to navigate the platform while learning the fundamentals and nuances of AS.The one thing it didn't describe was how to capture data, modify and return data. All in all, easy to understand roadmap to developing Android Apps, I'll use this book as a go-to reference.
As of 12/29/2014, this book seems completely out of date. Probably refers to an ancient version of Studio.The instructions at the VERY beginning are complete showstoppers. The current Studio requires you to add an activity at the very beginning. If you select an activity, e.g., blank activity, then the main activity class is created for you and it is DIFFERENTfrom the class described in the book. It refers to ActionBarActivity but the book refers only to Activity.The only way to get past this (I can find) is to select "do not add an activity" which creates a totally empty project file and NONE of the instructions for creating a MainActivity work. The current download installs Android Studio 1.01 which is what I am using.I will continue to futz with this, there is probably some good info inside, but any "beginner" would be completely lost at thispoint.I suggest you go look for a better book.