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Murachs Android Programming Training and Reference 2-Ed.-Joel Murach
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by Joel Murach (Author)
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Publisher : Murach
Publish date : 29-Feb-2016
Category : Android Books
Mediatype : Books
Binding : Paperback
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List Price :   Rs. 1000
Greenleaf Price :  Rs. 900
You Save :  Rs. 100
Indian ISBN 13 : 9789352133208
Pages : 686
Book Summary : Murachs Android Programming Training and Reference 2-Ed.
What this book does
This book is a great way to get started with Android programming. Here’s a brief rundown of its sections.

Section 1: Get started fast
In four chapters, you’ll quickly master the basics of Android programming.

That includes:
    essential concepts and terms for Android programming
    how to use Android Studio to develop your first Android app, a simple but complete Tip Calculator app
    how to use Android Studio to thoroughly test and debug your apps

Section 2: The essential Android skills
You’ll learn the Android essentials by enhancing the Tip Calculator app that you developed in section 1.
Those essentials include:
    how to use layouts and widgets to develop a sophisticated user interface
    how to handle high- and low-level events
    how to use themes and styles to format your app in a way that’s consistent and easy to maintain
    how to use menus and preferences
    how to use fragments to take advantage of the large screens that are available on devices like tablets

Section 3: The News Reader App
You’ll learn how to develop a News Reader app that displays current news to the user.
Along the way, you’ll learn:
    how to read an RSS feed from the Internet, save that data in a file, and display it on the user interface
    how to use a service to download data for an app even when the app isn’t running
    how to notify a user that new data is available even when the app isn’t the current app
    how to respond to actions that are broadcast by the Android operating system or by other apps

Section 4: The Task List app
You’ll learn how develop a Task List app that stores one or more to-do lists.
Along the way, you’ll learn:
    how to create a database and use it to store data
    how to use tabs and a custom adapter to display data on the user interface
    how to use a content provider to allow other apps to work with the same data as this app
    how to create an app widget that can display some of this app’s data on a device’s Home screen

Section 5: Advanced Android skills
You’ll learn some advanced skills for developing and deploying apps including:
    how to create a Run Tracker app that tracks the location of a device on a Google Map
    how to deploy apps to the Google Play store

Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to learn professional skills for developing Android apps. The only prerequisite is a basic understanding of Java, roughly equivalent to chapters 1 through 18 of Murach's Beginning Java with NetBeans or Murach's Beginning Java with Eclipse. Once you have those Java skills, our Android book will work for you, even if you have absolutely no experience developing mobile apps.

What software you need
You can download all of the software that you need for this book for free from the Internet:
    the Java SDK (Software Development Kit)
    Android Studio, which includes the Android SDK

Appendixes A, B, and C show how to install and configure this software on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
What hardware we recommend
If necessary, you can use an emulator to run and test Android apps; this book shows you how. Unfortunately, emulators tend to run extremely slowly on most computers. As a result, we recommend using an actual Android device such as a smartphone or tablet whenever possible.

What software this book supports
What version of Android this book supports
Over 95% of all Android devices use Android 4.0 (API 15) or later, and this book reflects that. The only app that won’t work with Android 4.0 is the News Reader app, which is designed to work with Android 4.1 (API 16) and later.

At the time this book was written, the most recent release was Android 6.0 (API 23). But since Android is backwards-compatible, all of the apps will continue to work under subsequent releases, too.

What IDE this book supports
This book shows how to use Android Studio to code, test, and debug apps. Although there are other IDEs for working with Android, today Android Studio is the official IDE for Android development. It’s also available for free, and it runs on all operating systems.
The perfect companion book
As you read our Android book, you may discover that your Java skills aren’t as strong as they ought to be. In that case, we recommend one of our Java books.
Murach's Beginning Java (there’s one edition for Eclipse and one for NetBeans) is designed for programming novices. It moves at the right pace for beginners and gives you a full set of core Java skills.
But if Java isn’t your first language, you may prefer Murach’s Java Programming (4th Edition). It moves at a faster pace, and goes into more depth and breadth, especially about developing desktop applications.
No matter which you choose, these books will get you up-to-speed with the core Java skills that you need for developing Android apps.

Table of Contents
Section 1. Get started fast with Android

    Chapter 1. An introduction to Android and Android Studio
    Chapter 2. How to start your first Android app
    Chapter 3. How to finish your first Android app
    Chapter 4. How to test and debug an Android app

Section 2. Essential Android skills
    Chapter 5. How to work with layouts and widgets
    Chapter 6. How to handle events
    Chapter 7. How to work with themes and styles
    Chapter 8. How to work with menus and preferences
    Chapter 9. How to work with fragments

Section 3. The News Reader app

    Chapter 10. How to work with threads, files, adapters, and intents
    Chapter 11. How to work with services and notifications
    Chapter 12. How to work with broadcast receivers

Section 4. The Task List app
    Chapter 13. How to work with SQLite databases
    Chapter 14. How to work with tabs and custom adapters
    Chapter 15. How to work with content providers
    Chapter 16. How to work with app widgets

Section 5. Advanced Android skills

    Chapter 17. How to deploy an app
    Chapter 18. How to work with locations and maps

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