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Brandon Martel
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Joined: Jul 04, 2011
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Hey guys, I'm fairly new here but I hope to become more regular. Recently I have completed a few books about learning Java because it was suggested in some articles I read about starting with Android. That being said, I have a decent handle on the language and want to move to the mobile platform.

Are there any tips and suggestions for books or learning resources for a new programmer? The only drawback is the book has to be able to come in PDF form because I'm currently deployed in Afghanistan so getting a book shipped out here is, well not really an option.

I would love to hear your opinions on books for a beginner to start learning from.

I've posted similar posts on JavaForums.com and TalkAndroid.com to try and get a more robust set of opinions.
Ulf Dittmer
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The AndroidFaq points to a number of good resources and includes a list of books, at least some of which (like Android in Action) are available as PDF.


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Brandon Martel
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Joined: Jul 04, 2011
Posts: 3

I keep seeing Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development by Mark Murphy on just about every list I find. Is book as good as the reviews try to make it out to be? I looked at the preview and it looks very plain. It also shows me chapter 8, so I can't really look at the beginning and figure out if its a good place for me to start. Does anyone have any opinions on this book?
Brandon Martel
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Joined: Jul 04, 2011
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Bump, no one has any opinions on the book? I'm skeptical about buying any programming books because not all of them are as beginner friendly as they claim to be. I would really like to hear peoples opinions on some books.
zoheb hassan
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Joined: Apr 01, 2009
Posts: 150

Dude hit the android Docs first and then there is a book by Reto Meier from Wrox that is good, there is another by Wei Ming Lee from the same publisher that is real good for beginners.Browse trough online tutorials they will help you a lot and hey welcome to the android Club.

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Himanshu S. Soni
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Joined: Jun 11, 2010
Posts: 25

hello everybody,

i have started android application development recently.
Studying sample applications, Android Docs, going through some books are some of the activities, i am carrying out.

Apart from this, i wanted some suggestions on list of mini applications, which i should build to get my hands on android.


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zoheb hassan
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Joined: Apr 01, 2009
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which book are you reading now, there are some very good books in the market specially the one by reto meier and Pro android 3, try them you can work on apps as you go trough them
 
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