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Real-World Kanban and Hello, Android

May 13, 2015

Google Android dominates the mobile market, and by targeting Android, your apps can run on most of the phones and tablets in the world. Now in its fourth edition, Hello, Android will get you started. Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/eband4. Read below for Ed Burnette's Top Five Android Development Tips.

One of the best ways to learn about project management and development methods is to see first-hand how others have faced and solved problems similar to yours. Real-World Kanban: Do Less, Accomplish More with Lean Thinking presents four case studies that will help guide you to project success. Now in beta from pragprog.com/book/mskanban.

Real-World Kanban: Do Less, Accomplish More with Lean Thinking

Learn a Lean approach by seeing how Kanban made a difference in four real-world situations. You'll explore how four different teams used Kanban to make paradigm-changing improvements in software development. These teams were struggling with overwork, unclear priorities, and lack of direction. As you discover what worked for them, you'll understand how to make significant changes in real situations.

The four case studies in this book explain how to:

  • Improve the full value chain by using Enterprise Kanban
  • Boost engagement, teamwork, and flow in change management and operations
  • Save a derailing project with Kanban
  • Help an office team outside IT keep up with growth using Kanban

What seems easy in theory can become tangled in practice. Discover why "improving IT" can make you miss your biggest improvement opportunities, and why you should focus on fixing quality and front-end operations before IT. Discover how to keep long-term focus and improve across department borders while dealing with everyday challenges. Find out what happened when using Kanban to find better ways to do work in a well-established company, including running multi-team development without a project office.

You'll inspire your team and engage management to make it easier to develop better products.

Now in beta from pragprog.com/book/mskanban.

Hello, Android (4th edition): Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform

Android is a software toolkit for mobile phones and tablets, created by Google. It's inside more than a billion devices, making Android the number one platform for application developers. Your own app could be 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 emulator that comes with it. Within minutes, Hello, Android gets you creating your first working application: Android's version of "Hello, World." From there, you'll build up a more substantial example: an Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe game. By gradually adding features to the game, you'll learn about many aspects of Android programming, such as creating animated user interfaces, playing music and sound effects, building location-based services (including GPS and cell-tower triangulation), and accessing web services. You'll also learn how to publish your applications to the Google Play Store.

This fourth edition of the bestselling Android classic has been revised for Android 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean), 4.4 (KitKat), and Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Topics have been streamlined and simplified based on reader feedback, and every page and example has been reviewed and updated for compatibility with the latest versions of Android.

If you'd rather be coding than reading about coding, this book is for you.

Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/eband4.

Top Five Android Development Tips

by Ed Burnette

  1. Use Android Studio. Android Studio has replaced Eclipse as the go-to IDE for Android development. It features increased speed and stability, native support for gradle builds, and a fantastic user interface editor.

  2. Understand the Activity and Fragment lifecycle. Android development is not like development for desktop applications. The system controls when your app is launched, paused, resumed, and terminated. It calls methods you write, such as onStart(), to tell you what is about to happen. Your job is to play nicely with the system and be a good Android app citizen. Your users will thank you!

  3. Target the latest version of Android. To maintain compatibility with the widest possible range of devices, you should always use the latest build tools and set the target SDK to the most recent version of Android. Your app can still work on older versions through clever uses of version testing and alternate resources.

  4. Keep long-running tasks in the background. The smooth performance of your app is paramount. Long-running tasks such as network and database I/O must not be allowed to interfere with that performance. The solution? Use threads and Loaders to offload that work to a background thread.

  5. Remember, logging is your friend. Sure, IDEs like Android Studio come with a fancy debugger, and you'll have to use that from time to time. But often, simpler is better. A few well-placed messages in the Android log can help you diagnose problems quickly, even hard to reproduce ones.

Upcoming Author Appearances

  • 2015-05-14 Seb Rose, SDD, London
  • 2015-05-15 Rachel Davies, The Big DO, Oxford, UK
  • 2015-05-29 Jeffrey R. Kelley, Self.conference, Detroit, MI
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