Beginning Android

Beginning Android

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Learn how to develop applications for Android mobile devices using simple examples, ready to run with your copy of the software development kit. Author and Android columnist, writer, developer, and community advocate Mark L. Murphy shows you what you need to know to get started on programming Android applications-everything from crafting graphical user interfaces to using GPS, accessing web services, and more!

The Android development platform, created by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, is a platform in its truest sense, encompassing hundreds of classes beyond the traditional Java classes and open source components that ship with the SDK. Some Android books race through the material, trying to cover as much ground as possible in as few pages as possible. Experienced writer and community advocate Mark Murphy shows you how to develop Android applications simply and with care.

The book includes dozens of sample projects, ready to run with your copy of the SDK-not just one huge project where you have difficulty finding the specific examples of the technique you are looking for. You can even get these sample programs online at
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 30.48mm | 682g
  • aPress
  • Berlin, Germany
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • XXII, 384 p.
  • 1430224193
  • 9781430224198
  • 660,304

Table of contents

The Big Picture
Project Structure
Inside the Manifest
Creating a Skeleton Application
Using XML-Based Layouts
Employing Basic Widgets
Working with Containers
Using Selection Widgets
Getting Fancy with Lists
Employing Fancy Widgets and Containers
Applying Menus
Embedding the WebKit Browser
Showing Pop-Up Messages
Dealing with Threads
Handling Activity Lifecycle Events
Using Preferences
Accessing Files
Working with Resources
Managing and Accessing Local Databases
Leveraging Java Libraries
Communicating via the Internet
Creating Intent Filters
Launching Activities and Sub-Activities
Finding Available Actions via Introspection
Handling Rotation
Using a Content Provider
Building a Content Provider
Requesting and Requiring Permissions
Creating a Service
Invoking a Service
Alerting Users Via Notifications
Accessing Location-Based Services
Mapping with MapView and MapActivity
Handling Telephone Calls
Searching with SearchManager
Development Tools
Where Do We Go From Here?
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About Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy is the founder of CommonsWare and the author of The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development. A three-time entrepreneur, his experience ranges from consulting on open source and collaborative development for Fortune 500 companies to application development on just about anything smaller than a mainframe. He has been a software developer for over 25 years, working on platforms ranging from the TRS-80 to the latest crop of mobile devices. A polished speaker, Mark has delivered conference presentations and training sessions on a wide array of topics internationally. Mark writes the "Building Droids" column for AndroidGuys and the "Android Angle" column for NetworkWorld. Outside of CommonsWare, Mark has an avid interest in how the Internet will play a role in citizen involvement with politics and government. He is a contributor to the Rebooting America essay collection, and his personal blog features many posts discussing "cooperative democracy."
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