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The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

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By (author) James Steele, By (author) Nelson To

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  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 226mm x 23mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0321741234
  • ISBN 13: 9780321741233
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 158,085

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Want to get started building applications for Android, the world's hottest, fast-growing mobile platform? Already building Android applications and want to get better at it? This book brings together all the expert guidance-and code-you'll need! Completely up-to-date to reflect the newest and most widely used Android SDKs, The Android Developer's Cookbook is the essential resource for developers building apps for any Android device, from phones to tablets. Proven, modular recipes take you from the absolute basics to advanced location-based services, security techniques, and performance optimization. You'll learn how to write apps from scratch, ensure interoperability, choose the best solutions for common problems, and avoid development pitfalls. Coverage includes: * Implementing threads, services, receivers, and other background tasks * Providing user alerts * Organizing user interface layouts and views * Managing user-initiated events such as touches and gestures * Recording and playing audio and video * Using hardware APIs available on Android devices * Interacting with other devices via SMS, web browsing, and social networking * Storing data efficiently with SQLite and its alternatives * Accessing location data via GPS * Using location-related services such as the Google Maps API * Building faster applications with native code * Providing backup and restore with the Android Backup Manager * Testing and debugging apps throughout the development cycle Turn to The Android Developer's Cookbook for proven, expert answers-and the code you need to implement them. It's all you need to jumpstart any Android project, and create high-value, feature-rich apps that sell!

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James Steele was doing post-doctoral work in physics at MIT when he decided to join a startup in Silicon Valley. Fifteen years later and he continues to innovate, bringing research projects to production in both the consumer and mobile market. He actively presents and participates in various Silicon Valley new technology groups. Nelson To has more than ten applications of his own in the Android Market. He also has worked on enterprise Android applications for Think Computer, Inc. (PayPhone),AOL (AIM), Stanford University (Education App), and Logitech (Google TV). He also assists in organizing the SiliconValley Android Meetup Community and teaches Android classes both in the Bay Area and China.

Table of contents

1 Overview of Android 1 The Evolution of Android 1 The Dichotomy of Android 2 Devices Running Android 2 HTC Models 6 Motorola Models 6 Samsung Models 6 Tablets 7 Other Devices 7 Hardware Differences on Android Devices 8 Screens 8 User Input Methods 9 Sensors 9 Features of Android 10 Multiprocess and App Widgets 11 Touch, Gestures, and Multitouch 11 Hard and Soft Keyboards 11 Android Development 11 How to Use the Recipes in This Book 12 Designing Applications Well 12 Maintaining Forward Compatibility 13 Robustness 13 Software Development Kit 14 Installing and Upgrading 14 Software Features and API Level 15 Emulator and Android Device Debug 16 Using the Android Debug Bridge 18 Signing and Publishing 18 Android Market 19 End-User License Agreement 19 Improving App Visibility 19 Differentiating an App 20 Charging for an App 20 Managing Reviews and Updates 21 Alternatives to the Android Market 22 2 Application Basics: Activities and Intents 23 Android Application Overview 23 Recipe: Creating a Project and an Activity 24 Directory Structure of Project and Autogenerated Content 26 Android Package and Manifest File 28 Renaming Parts of an Application 30 Activity Lifecycle 30 Recipe: Utilizing Other Lifecycle Functions 31 Recipe: Forcing Single Task Mode 33 Recipe: Forcing Screen Orientation 34 Recipe: Saving and Restoring Activity Information 34 Multiple Activities 35 Recipe: Using Buttons and TextView 36 Recipe: Launching Another Activity from an Event 37 Recipe: Launching an Activity for a Result Using Speech to Text 41 Recipe: Implementing a List of Choices 43 Recipe: Using Implicit Intents for Creating an Activity 44 Recipe: Passing Primitive Data Types Between Activities 46 3 Threads, Services, Receivers, and Alerts 51 Threads 51 Recipe: Launching a Secondary Thread 51 Recipe: Creating a Runnable Activity 55 Recipe: Setting a Thread's Priority 57 Recipe: Canceling a Thread 57 Recipe: Sharing a Thread Between Two Applications 58 Messages Between Threads: Handlers 58 Recipe: Scheduling a Runnable Task from the Main Thread 59 Recipe: Using a Countdown Timer 61 Recipe: Handling a Time-Consuming Initialization 62 Services 64 Recipe: Creating a Self-Contained Service 65 Adding a Broadcast Receiver 69 Recipe: Starting a Service When the Camera Button Is Pressed 70 App Widgets 72 Recipe: Creating an App Widget 72 Alerts 74 Recipe: Using Toast to Show a Brief Message on the Screen 74 Recipe: Using an Alert Dialog Box 75 Recipe: Showing Notification in Status Bar 76 4 User Interface Layout 79 Resource Directories and General Attributes 79 Recipe: Specifying Alternate Resources 81 Views and ViewGroups 82 Recipe: Building Layouts in the Eclipse Editor 83 Recipe: Controlling the Width and Height of UI Elements 86 Recipe: Setting Relative Layout and Layout ID 89 Recipe: Declaring a Layout Programmatically 90 Recipe: Updating a Layout from a Separate Thread 92 Text Manipulation 94 Recipe: Setting and Changing Text Attributes 95 Recipe: Providing Text Entry 98 Recipe: Creating a Form 100 Other Widgets: From Buttons to Seek Bars 101 Recipe: Using Image Buttons in a Table Layout 102 Recipe: Using Check Boxes and Toggle Buttons 105 Recipe: Using Radio Buttons 108 Recipe: Creating a Drop-Down Menu 110 Recipe: Using a Progress Bar 112 Recipe: Using a SeekBar 114 5 User Interface Events 117 Event Handlers and Event Listeners 117 Recipe: Intercepting a Physical Key Press 117 Recipe: Building Menus 121 Recipe: Defining Menus in XML 126 Recipe: Utilizing the SEARCH Key 127 Recipe: Reacting to Touch Events 128 Recipe: Listening for Fling Gestures 130 Recipe: Using Multitouch 133 Advanced User Interface Libraries 136 Recipe: Using Gestures 136 Recipe: Drawing 3D Images 140 6 Multimedia Techniques 147 Images 148 Recipe: Loading an Image for Manipulation 148 Audio 154 Recipe: Choosing and Playing Back Audio Files 154 Recipe: Recording Audio Files 157 Recipe: Manipulating Raw Audio 158 Recipe: Using Sound Resources Efficiently 163 Recipe: Adding Media and Updating Paths 165 Video 165 7 Hardware Interface 169 Camera 169 Recipe: Customizing the Camera 170 Other Sensors 175 Recipe: Getting a Device's Rotational Attitude 176 Recipe: Using the Temperature and Light Sensor 179 Telephony 180 Recipe: Utilizing the Telephony Manager 181 Recipe: Listening for Phone States 183 Recipe: Dialing a Phone Number 185 Bluetooth 185 Recipe: Turning on Bluetooth 186 Recipe: Discovering Bluetooth Devices 187 Recipe: Pairing with Bonded Bluetooth Devices 188 Recipe: Opening a Bluetooth Socket 188 Recipe: Using Device Vibration 191 Recipe: Accessing the Wireless Network 191 8 Networking 195 Using SMS 195 Recipe: Autosend an SMS Based on a Received SMS 197 Using Web Content 204 Recipe: Customizing a Web Browser 204 Recipe: Using an HTTP GET 204 Recipe: Using HTTP POST 209 Social Networking 210 Recipe: Integrating with Twitter 210 9 Data Storage Methods 221 Shared Preferences 221 Recipe: Creating and Retrieving Shared Preferences 222 Recipe: Using the Preferences Framework 222 Recipe: Changing the UI Based on Stored Data 225 Recipe: Adding a EULA 228 SQLite Database 232 Recipe: Creating a Separate Database Package 232 Recipe: Using a Separate Database Package 236 Recipe: Creating a Personal Diary 239 Content Provider 243 Recipe: Creating a Custom Content Provider 244 File Saving and Loading 249 10 Location-Based Services 251 Location Basics 251 Recipe: Retrieving Last Location 253 Recipe: Updating Location Upon Change 254 Recipe: Listing All Enabled Providers 256 Recipe: Translating a Location to Address (Reverse Geocoding) 258 Recipe: Translating an Address to Location (Geocoding) 261 Using Google Maps 263 Recipe: Adding Google Maps to an Application 265 Recipe: Adding Markers on a Map 267 Recipe: Adding Views to a Map 271 Recipe: Marking the Device's Current Location on a Map 274 Recipe: Setting up a Proximity Alert 274 11 Advanced Android Development 277 Android Custom View 277 Recipe: Customizing a Button 277 Android Native Components 283 Recipe: Developing a Native Component 284 Android Security 287 Recipe: Declaring and Enforcing Permissions 288 Android Inter-Process Communication 288 Recipe: Implementing a Remote Procedure Call 289 Android Backup Manager 294 Recipe: Creating a Backup of Runtime Data 294 Recipe: Backing Up Files to the Cloud 296 Recipe: Triggering Backup and Restore 296 Android Animation 298 Recipe: Creating an Animation 299 12 Debugging 303 Eclipse Built-in Debug Tools 303 Recipe: Specifying a Run Configuration 303 Recipe: Using the DDMS 304 Recipe: Debugging Through Breakpoints 306 Android SDK Debug Tools 307 Recipe: Using the Android Debug Bridge 307 Recipe: Using LogCat 307 Recipe: Using the Hierarchy Viewer 309 Recipe: Using TraceView 311 Android System Debug Tools 313 Recipe: Setting up GDB Debugging 315 TOC, 9780321741233, 9/25/2010