In the 6th weekly giveaway of Android books, Android Police has partnered with yet another great publishing company that I'm sure everyone has heard of before - For Dummies. Don't worry, O'Reilly and informIT fans, we'll continue giving out their books as well, switching between all 3 companies as we go along.
Android Application Development For Dummies
Today, we're giving away Android Application Development For Dummies, published in December 2010, and, as usual, we're asking for nothing but a minute of your time in return.
As you may have picked up from the title, this book is geared at those just looking to get into Android development. Starting from the basics, you will learn how to set up and use the Android SDK and the Eclipse IDE, and start blasting through the Android paradigms and coding examples. You will quickly figure out how to interact with databases, program for multiple screens, debug, and publish your applications, and a whole lot more.
Here's the official description:
The fun and friendly guide to creating applications on the Android platform
The popularity of the Android market is soaring with no sign of slowing down. The open nature of the Android OS offers programmers the freedom to access the platform's capabilities and this straightforward guide walks you through the steps for creating amazing Android applications. Android programming expert Donn Felker explains how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and submit your finished products to the Android Market. Featuring two sample programs, this introductory book explores everything from the simple basics to more advanced aspects of the Android platform.
- Takes you soup through nuts of developing applications for the Android platform
- Begins with downloading the SDK, then explains how to code Android applications and submit projects to the Android Market
- Written by Android guru Donn Felker, who breaks every aspect of developing applications for the Android platform into easily digestible pieces
No matter your level of programming experience, Android Application Development For Dummies is an ideal guide for getting started with developing applications for the Android platform.
Welcome to Android — learn what makes a great Android app, how to use the SDK, ways to work with mobile screens, and how the development process works
Make users happy — find out how to design an interface that mobile users will love
Learn the code — work with the activity lifecycle and Android framework classes, use the Eclipse debugger, and create a home screen widget for your app
Beyond the basics — take your skills up a notch with apps that involve SQLite databases and multiple screens
Price and publish — pick the right price for your app and get it into the Android Market
Open the book and find:
Cool ways to use the accelerometer in your app
How to turn mobile limitations into opportunities
Tips on installing and setting up the tools
Step-by-step coding directions
Ways to make your apps more marketable
How to create really useful menus
Advice on app pricing
Ten great sample apps and SDKs, including code
For even more info, visit the Amazon product page, where you can take a peek at the book's contents, reviews, and its stellar 4.3-star rating. Android Application Development For Dummies retails for $29.99 but is currently on sale for $17.61.
How to Win
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling us why we should pick you to be one of the 3 winners. Be creative and original as this winners in this giveaway will be selected based on merit, rather than at random.
The winners will be selected by the joint Android Police/For Dummies panel after July 29th 11:59 p.m. PT. Be sure to use your real email in your comment, as that's what we'll be using to contact the winner.
Oh, and we try to fight for this every time we do a giveaway, so I'm happy to report that this contest is open to anyone in the world!
Good luck, and may the best aspiring developer win!