Professional Android 4 Application Development- (Anglais) Broché – 26 avril 2012
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Présentation de l'éditeur
The fast–growing popularity of Android smartphones and tablets creates a huge opportunities for developers. If you′re an experienced developer, you can start creating robust mobile Android apps right away with this professional guide to Android 4 application development. Written by one of Google′s lead Android developer advocates, this practical book walks you through a series of hands–on projects that illustrate the features of the Android SDK. That includes all the new APIs introduced in Android 3 and 4, including building for tablets, using the Action Bar, Wi–Fi Direct, NFC Beam, and more.
- Shows experienced developers how to create mobile applications for Android smartphones and tablets
- Revised and expanded to cover all the Android SDK releases including Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), including all updated APIs, and the latest changes to the Android platform.
- Explains new and enhanced features such as drag and drop, fragments, the action bar, enhanced multitouch support, new environmental sensor support, major improvements to the animation framework, and a range of new communications techniques including NFC and Wi–Fi direct.
- Provides practical guidance on publishing and marketing your applications, best practices for user experience, and more
This book helps you learn to master the design, lifecycle, and UI of an Android app through practical exercises, which you can then use as a basis for developing your own Android apps.
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Build unique smartphone and tablet applications with Android 4
Written by an Android authority, this up–to–date resource is an ideal guide to building mobile apps using the Android 4 SDK. It provides in–depth coverage, showing experienced Android developers how to take full advantage of new features, while covering the fundamentals that novice developers need to get started. Serving as a hands–on guide to building mobile apps using Android, the book walks you through a series of increasingly sophisticated projects, each introducing a new Android platform feature and highlighting the techniques and best practices that will help you write compelling Android apps.
Professional Android 4 Application Development:
Provides an in–depth look at the Android application components and their lifecycles
Explores Android UI metaphors, design philosophies, and UI APIs to create compelling user interfaces for phones, tablets, and TVs
Introduces techniques for creating map–based applications and using location–based services
Looks at how to create background services, Notifications, and Cloud To Device Messaging
Demonstrates how to create dynamic and interactive home screen Widgets and Live Wallpaper
Explores hardware and communication APIs, including Bluetooth, telephony, WiFi Direct, and NFC Beam
Examines the use of the camera and hardware sensors
Details the new animation framework and other user experience enhancements, including drag and drop, the Action Bar, and Fragments
Includes a new chapter on publishing your apps
Introduces the License Verification and In App Billing Services
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Je n'ai mis que 4 étoiles car le livre est plus lourd et plus épais que strictement nécessaire à cause d'exemples de code un peu répétitifs parfois. En surtout, il n'y a rien sur les tests automatiques.
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I have been subjected to "The Source is your docs" for so much of that time that I rarely rely on someone else to collate all of the necessary day-to-day information needed to create apps that delve below the "inch-deep" level.
Now, I may not change my "Google it" habits (after all, Google-fu is a must-have weapon in a modern programmer's arsenal), however, I can turn to the relevant section of this book and find exactly what I need to get started or dig deeper into nearly any facet of app creation, and even (gasp!) find the relevant best-practices!
All in all, Professional Android 4 Application Development is suited to either a programmer just getting started with Android, or the "I have 6 apps in Google Play" developer who thinks they have this Android thing figured out.
Excellent work, and I will definitely recommend it to everyone who asks me how to do the Android thing. ;)
In defense of the book: it appears to be extremely thorough. The author seems to be a true subject matter expert, with intimate knowledge of the full life cycle of Android app development. So, someone who is already knee-deep in Android will probably get a lot from it (as evidenced by the many positive reviews).
I've decided I am going to have to sell this on the used book market and try another, gentler, more fun text to get my head around Android development.
In retrospect, certain ideas could have been improved using newer technology that had started becoming common at that time. (A REST interface for the earthquake data source would have made the examples still usable today.) But this is a minor consideration considering their thorough treatment.
Overall, a good success and a well deserved high rating.
The good stuff:
The book is thorough, and definitely contains a lot of information. It seems most important Android
aspects are covered in this book.
The bad stuff:
The book is way to verbose. There is too much talk in the book which does not bring the reader
any value. The first 2 chapters could have been summed up in about 10 pages.
The book also has a hard time organizing the material - meaning sometimes there is too much
irrelevant talk, and at other times there are too many details you don't need to know at the time
they are presented. Reading the book from one end to another doesn't really work. You will have
to jump around this book, read and re-read the chapters you need as you go.
I also think there is too long time between the code examples, but that is perhaps just me preferring
pretty much everything a book says to be backed up by an example.
The one area you will run into problems with this book is the Android version to use. While over %50 of Android users have 2.3.x this book is written for 4.0.3. My phone has 4.1.2 at this time and will be updated shortly I hope to 4.2. Quite early he gets into "Fragments" that one needs API 11 or greater (3.x) to use. He might get into how to down grade the code to run on 2.3.x but I haven't gotten to that point. Since I'm using a later version I'm getting just a few deprecated method calls. I decided 4.x while having a small share of the market is going to grow over time.
If you want to learn Android development instead of just copying and pasting sample code, this book does a better job than most. I might come back and update this to a five star once I finish some time next year at this pace!
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