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Looking for a good practical book to learn Android

shivam singhal
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Joined: Jul 15, 2012
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sir, please suggest me the right resource for learning android,,
Previously you have suggested me Android in action, but truly speaking i felt the book boring, then i come across Hello Android, not a boring book. may be due to less theory and good practical work..
Strongly believe that if you want to learn android, you need to do lots of practical work. that is developing apps.. What you think , whatever i am thinking is right or wrong?

You are the master of android development, so Please sir suggest the right resource for me??
Steve Luke
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Joined: Jan 28, 2003
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Haha, you flatter me too much I am just learning Android myself, so no master am I. I am glad to be able to help though.

I don't know Hello Android, but if it is a good practical book, then that is great. Each of us has a bit different experience when it comes to learning. I thought Android in Action was good, but I did a mix of writing every example presented in the book before looking at the code and was working on my own app at the same time. So maybe I missed how theoretical it was.

For breadth, I may get a copy of Hello Android so I can do a comparison.

p.s. I am going to change the title of the thread from 'To Steve Luke' as you might get some good responses from the community at large.


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Anna Harris
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Joined: Aug 21, 2012
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Android applications have a great demand in market, so is there anyone who can provide a good tutorial for learning Android development ?
shivam singhal
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Joined: Jul 15, 2012
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HaHa.. I like Flaterring people..

sir, i am alone who is learning android development in my college, i am studying from a 3rd grade engineering (private with very high fee structure) college of India,
Really i don't have any kind of support from faculty except this forum.. I Have tried 3-4 books to learn android development in past 3 months,, still not completely satisfied..
please sir help me out , i Want to learn and develop its my 6th semester going on ,, and i want to be a android developer professional before my B.Tech ends..
so please help me sir,, guide me..

Steve Luke
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You should take a look at this recent thread, it has some links to both tutorials and a pay-for-learning experience. One or all of those options might be the thing that pushes you over the edge in getting comfortable with Android. But really, at least for me, it usually amounts to having something I really want to make then getting down to actually making it. That is how I learn the best. Books are awesome references and a good place to get started, but they don't really give you experience. Writing apps, even if they are bad to begin with, does give you experience and with experience comfort.

So I guess my suggestion would be:
1) Keep the books for reference, but don't rely on another book
2) Come up with an idea or something you really want to do on Android.
3) Begin programming that application.
4) Refer to the books, tutorials, and this forum when you get stuck.
5) Repeat steps 2, 3, 4.
shivam singhal
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okay
Thanks..
Matthew Penning
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Joined: Mar 12, 2014
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If you are still looking to learn android I created a video/book based course at https://www.udemy.com/android-development-with-java-essentials/
Step-by-step instructions for a beginner and you create several apps throughout course.
 
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