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Learning Android

Want to build apps for Android devices? This book is the perfect way to master the fundamentals. Written by an expert who's taught this mobile platform to hundreds of developers in large organizations, this gentle introduction shows experienced object-oriented programmers how to use Android's basic building blocks to create user interfaces, store data, connect to the network, and more. You'll build a Twitter-like application throughout the course of this book, adding new features with each chapter. Along the way, you'll also create your own toolbox of code patterns to help you program any type of Android application with ease. The second edition covers Android 4.0, the Ice Cream Sandwich release. Get an overview of the Android platform and discover how it fits into the mobile ecosystem Learn about the Android stack, including its application framework, and the structure and distribution of application packages (APK) Set up your Android development environment and get started with simple programs Use Android's building blocks - Activities, Intents, Services, Content Providers, and Broadcast Receivers Learn how to build basic Android user interfaces and organize UI elements in Views and Layouts Build a service that uses a background process to update data in your application Get an introduction to Android Interface Definition Language (AIDL) and the Native Development Kit (NDK)
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Marko Gargenta is the founder and chief Android expert at Marakana, a training company in San Francisco. Marko has developed Android Bootcamp and Android Internals courses, and has trained over 1,000 developers on four continents. His clients include Qualcomm, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, Sharp, Cisco, U.S. Department of Defense, and many more. Marko frequently speaks on Android at technical conferences and events, and is the founder of San Francisco Android Users Group. With over a decade of software engineering experience, Masumi Nakamura has worked in various positions within the mobile technology arena, from building out mobile infrastructure to founding his own mobile company. He was one of the primary Android developers of the Where Android app and now is Principal Architect for the Big Data and Recommendations Group at Where, Inc. Outside of coding, he spends his time practicing Ba Gua Zhang and caring for his two cats.

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