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Moving to Android

Sanjeev BhimaRao
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Joined: Jul 17, 2006
Posts: 71
Hello Ranchers,

I am returning back to the ranch after a silent period of almost 1 year.
I am planning a start programming in Android.
Installing the SDK and getting the hello world app to run on simulator was simple.
However, I feel reading a book will help me to better understand the concepts.
Could anyone please point me to good books on android?

My search gave me the following options.

1. Professional Android Application Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
2. Unlocking Android: A Developer's Guide by Frank Ableson, Charlie Collins, and Robi Sen
3. Android Wireless Application Development by Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey
4. The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development by Mark L. Murphy

Which one is preferred?

Kindly let me know.
William Brogden
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I am using the Condor and Darcey book. It seems to be very complete but you will still need other resources.

Eclipse takes some getting used to but the ADK plugin does a lot for you and catches errors quickly. I also try to keep a browser window open on the JavaDocs for Android.

Bill
Sanjeev BhimaRao
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Joined: Jul 17, 2006
Posts: 71
Thanks a lot.

Regards
Sanjeev
Monu Tripathi
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Sanjeev BhimaRao wrote:Hello Ranchers,

I am returning back to the ranch after a silent period of almost 1 year.
I am planning a start programming in Android.
Installing the SDK and getting the hello world app to run on simulator was simple.
However, I feel reading a book will help me to better understand the concepts.
Could anyone please point me to good books on android?

My search gave me the following options.

1. Professional Android Application Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
2. Unlocking Android: A Developer's Guide by Frank Ableson, Charlie Collins, and Robi Sen
3. Android Wireless Application Development by Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey
4. The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development by Mark L. Murphy

Which one is preferred?

Kindly let me know.


You can read Android FAQ to start with; I have read Mark Murphy's book(Busy Coder's guide to Android development) and I think it is a good read for beginners. Very easy to follow.
That said, Android SDK comes with lots of sample programs(API demos, Lunar lander, Notepad et al.) that you can refer to familiarize yourself with the APIs. Also, as Bill already suggested, you should read Google's official documentation(at developer.android.com) to augment your learning and gain first hand information about stuff.


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William Brogden
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Also - Android developers at Google do a lot of blogging so sometimes a Google search will turn up interesting new stuff!
 
 
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