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Rohan Dhruva
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Hi Ed,

I had a few questions, regarding the assumptions the book makes.

1. Does the book assume you know Java well enough? Or does it teach Java too?
2. Does the book assume that the reader has done mobile development previously?
3. What is the format of the book? Does it assignments and exercises like a text book, or is it more of a "hands-on" format book?
4. What version of the SDK does it cover? 1.0 or 1.1? Does it use eclipse to teach, or it is independent of IDE?

Thanks
 
Mourouganandame Arunachalam
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I think this book has to talk about Android and not to teach Java
 
Flaviu Simihaian
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1. Rohan, it assumes you know Java very well.
2. It does not assume that you have done mobile development, but it would help if you had.
3. The book is mostly hands on. As Ed himself says, "If you’re a busy developer who’d rather be coding than reading about coding, this book is for you."
4. It covers 1.0, since 1.1 came out Feb. 9th, after the book was finished. Furthermore, the API changes are minor and it’s very unlikely you will need them. Even Google suggests:

" If you are sure your application is not using Android 1.1 APIs and has no need to use them, you might find it easier to keep working in the Android 1.0 SDK, rather than migrating to the Android 1.1 SDK and having to do additional testing."

Hope this helps.
 
Rohan Dhruva
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Thanks a lot, that definitely helps
 
Ed Burnette
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1. Does the book assume you know Java well enough? Or does it teach Java too?


It doesn't teach Java but it doesn't assume you're an expert either. If you can read Java or you've used other object oriented languages like C# you should be ok. Otherwise you should probably start with another book like http://www.pragprog.com/titles/ltp2/learn-to-program-2nd-edition .

2. Does the book assume that the reader has done mobile development previously?


No, in fact if you have any previous mobile experience (especially Java ME) it might be a good idea to try and forget it.

3. What is the format of the book? Does it assignments and exercises like a text book, or is it more of a "hands-on" format book?


Hands-on. There are a couple of free chapters at the web site you can look at to see the style. You can type in the examples as you go or download them from the web site.

4. What version of the SDK does it cover? 1.0 or 1.1?


Both. All the examples work with either version.

Does it use eclipse to teach, or it is independent of IDE?


It uses Eclipse to teach, because it's what I know and it's supported by Google. However there are plenty of people who are using NetBeans, IDEA, Ant, and other tools so you wouldn't be alone if you wanted to use something else.
 
Rohan Dhruva
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Thanks a lot for the detailed blow-by-blow answer Ed
 
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