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Android Programming

The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
3rd Edition

Bill Phillips, Chris Stewart, Kristin Marsicano

Mar 2017, Paperback, 624 pages
ISBN13: 9780134706054
ISBN10: 0134706056
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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience.
Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular Android bootcamps, this guide will lead you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with Android 4.4 (KitKat) through Android 7.0 (Nougat) and beyond.
Write and run code every step of the way, using Android Studio to create apps that integrate with other apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.

Learning AndroidThe Necessary Tools1 Your First Android Application
2 Android and Model-View-Controller3 The Activity Lifecycle4 Debugging Android Apps5 Your Second Activity6 Android SDK Versions and Compatibility7 UI Fragments and the Fragment Manager
8 Displaying Lists with RecyclerView9 Creating User Interfaces with Layouts and Widgets10 Using Fragment Arguments11 Using ViewPager12 Dialogs13 The Toolbar14 SQLite Databases15 Implicit Intents16 Taking Pictures with Intents17 Two-Pane Master-Detail Interfaces18 Localization19 Accessibility20 Data Binding and MVVM
21 Unit Testing and Audio Playback22 Styles and Themes23 XML Drawables24 More About Intents and Tasks
25 HTTP and Background Tasks
26 Loopers, Handlers, and HandlerThread27 Search28 Background Services29 Broadcast Intents30 Browsing the Web and WebView31 Custom Views and Touch Events
32 Property Animation
33 Locations and Play Services
34 Maps35 Material Design

  • Teaches Android app development by developing actual, working apps
  • Suitable for any programmer who knows Java, whether they have previous experience with mobile development or not
  • Loaded with real-world sample code, Android 4.4 (KitKat) through Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • The material has been developed and classroom-tested at the Big Nerd Ranch

Bill Phillips is a fellow and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. He cowrote and taught the original Big Nerd Ranch Android Bootcamp, as well as the earlier editions of this book. Since then he has been teaching, writing blog posts, reading various kinds of literature, writing and playing music, and working on books.
Chris Stewart is the director of the Android team at Big Nerd Ranch, where he is also an Android Bootcamp instructor. He is dedicated to constant improvement and works to perfect his craft as much as possible. When not in front of a computer, Chris enjoys hiking and traveling.
Kristin Marsicano is an Android developer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. Always an educator at heart, she is passionate about learning, software development, and the intersection of the two. When she is not teaching or developing apps, you can find Kristin cooking for her growing family, doing yoga, or learning something new.