Friday, December 6, 2013

Introduction to Android Application Development: Android Essentials (4th Edition) now available

What Every Android™ App Developer Should Know Today: Android Tools, App/UI Design, Testing, Publishing, And More

Note: This revamped, newly titled edition is a complete update of Android™ Wireless Application Development, Volume I: Android Essentials, Third Edition. We also welcome a new co-author to the mix, Joseph Annuzzi Jr.

This fully reworked edition of a proven title is the most useful real-world guide to building robust, commercial-grade Android™ apps. The content is revised and updated for the latest Android 4.3 SDK and the newest development best practices. Introduction to Android™ Application Development: Android Essentials covers all you need to quickly start developing professional apps for today’s Android devices. Three expert developers guide you through setting up your development environment, designing user interfaces, developing for diverse devices, and optimizing your entire app-development process—from design through publication. Updated throughout, this title includes extensive coverage of the most useful new Android tools and utilities. It adds an all-new chapter on planning an amazing Android app user experience, plus extensive new coverage of unit testing, dialogs, preferences, and app publishing. Throughout, key concepts are taught through clear, up-to-date example code.

This edition offers:

  • Fully updated introductions to the latest Android 4.3 APIs, tools, utilities, and best practices
  • Up-to-date strategies for leveraging new Android capabilities while preserving compatibility
  • Navigation patterns and code samples for delivering more intuitive user experiences
  • Example-based explanations of ActionBars, DialogFragments, and other key concepts
  • Expert automated testing techniques to quickly improve code quality
  • New Google Play Developer Console app publishing techniques that also offer more control

For Android developers at all levels of experience, this reference is now more valuable than ever. Students, instructors, and self-learners will especially appreciate new chapter-ending questions and exercises, carefully designed to test knowledge and deepen mastery. Register your book at the InformIT.com website to gain access to the Bonus KitKat chapter online as well as download the source code for this book.

2 comments:

john bailo said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book as a new Fire TV Stick developer.

I asked this question on the Amazon forum...is there any need to use Eclipse or can I stick with Android Studio?

So far I've gotten the Fire Stick samples to compile and run but is there any thing extra or necessary that Eclipse provides which Android Studio cannot do?

Shane Conder said...

As far as I know, Android Studio doesn't yet have full NDK support, but what I've read around is that it can work anyway, since it's mostly just build configuration.

Technically speaking, Google is dropping support for Eclipse, so Android Studio should be the way to go. As far integration with anything special from Amazon, I'm unaware one way or the other.

Sorry I can't be of more help.