Hard to believe, but the year is now drawing to a close. We released twenty-two (22) new titles this year, including the last title for 2008: Hello, Android. The Android books are leaving the printer today, so we’ll be shipping them out right around New Year’s or so.
Also, remember that those anniversary coupons will expire on 12/31, so if you haven’t used yours yet, now’s the time. Thank you all for your support and kind words, and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous New Year!
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Hello, Android: Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform.
Android is a new software toolkit for mobile phones, created by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. In a few years, it’s expected to be found inside millions of cell phones and other mobile devices, making Android a major platform for application developers. That could be your own program running on all those devices.
Getting started developing with Android is easy. You don’t even need access to an Android phone, just a computer where you can install the Android SDK and the phone emulator that comes with it. Within minutes, Hello, Android will get you creating your first working application: Android’s version of “Hello, World.”
From there, you’ll build up a more substantial example: an Android Sudoku game. You’ll learn about many aspects of Android programming, such as creating user interfaces (including touch, D-pad, and keyboard input), building location-based services (including GPS
and cell-tower triangulation), and working with sensors (accelerometer, compass). You’ll also see how to build in multimedia audio and video, add graphics using 2D and 3D OpenGL, network with web pages and web services, and store data with SQLite. You’ll get a full overview of the Android application life cycle.
If you’re a busy developer who’d rather be coding than reading about coding, this book is for you. To help you find what you need to know fast, each chapter ends with “Fast forward” section. These sections provide guidance for where you should go next when you need to read the book out of order.
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- …and more!
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- Web Design for Developers
- Enterprise Recipes with Ruby and Rails
- Programming Clojure
Thanks for your continued support,
Andy & Dave