2011-08-31 12h32_45
Last Updated: September 11th, 2011

We're continuing our big giveaway-spree with another book giveaway from informIT. This time around, we've partnered up to award five copies of yet another book to help aspiring developers along their way.

Teach Yourself Android Application Development In 24 Hours

This go-round we're giving away Teach Yourself Android Application Development In 24 Hours (2nd ed.), written by Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder, published by Sams just over a month ago (the phrase "hot off the presses" seems to apply nicely).

The 512-page book is quite comprehensive:

Android is the world's #1 mobile development platform, and with the new Android 3.0, it's becoming as popular for tablets as it is for smartphones. If you are a beginner, in just 24 lessons of one hour or less, this friendly, full-color book will help you master modern Android development. You can build a fully-featured app from scratch, learning all the skills you'll need to create your own. Each lesson builds on prior chapters, providing a solid foundation for success. This edition is thoroughly updated for Android's newest features and development tools, while still supporting the popular Android 2.0. Coverage includes:

  • Using Eclipse to write apps quickly and efficiently
  • Understanding the application lifecycle
  • Building robust, friendly user interfaces
  • Retrieving, storing, and using data
  • Adding network, social, and location-based features
  • Supporting the camera and other hardware
  • Internationalizing, testing, and publishing apps

Revised and simplified step-by-step instructions with full-color screenshots walk you through key tasks... updated Q and As, Quizzes, and Exercises test your knowledge..."Did You Know?" tips offer insider advice..."Watch Out!" alerts help you avoid problems. By the time you're finished, you won't just understand core Android concepts: you'll be comfortable writing, testing, and publishing your own new apps.

You can check out and purchase the book on Amazon or informIT's website, but surely you're here to see if you can win a free copy.

How To Win

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them here.

As with the other book giveaways, entering the contest is fairly simple: leave a comment (reply) on this post - but be sure to include your email address in the "Mail" column so that we can contact you should you win! If you don't include your email, your submission will not count! The comment doesn't have to be anything special, as the winners will be chosen at random. The contest will run until September 8 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be chosen shortly after.

Once again, this contest is open to everyone in the world!

Good luck!

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Blair Sawler

    I love my droid!

  • Zachary

    Id like to learn how to dev.

  • Kevin M

    why not.
    (LG Thrive)

  • http://fromnerdstonoobs.blog.com/ Roy Childs

    I could REALLY use that book!

  • Eric Quezada

    I would love to win the book so I can learn about android development rather than relying on others. Thank-you.

  • http://aalbertson.tumblr.com Arlington

    Android programming, such lucid dreams one would have by having this book and being able to learn..... /drool

  • Jeff Anderson

    Android is a dream that has come true.

  • Chris

    I'm looking forward to learning to create Android apps. This will be great to win!

  • Erin Berlie

    i need some good reading

  • Todd Moore

    Circle me on G+ im fairly boring and i want this book!
    Todd Moore

  • http://gaming-ahead.tumblr.com AJVFox

    Sounds fun, I'm already learning java with Sam's teach yourself series. I think this could be a very useful follow up.

  • jason williams

    This would help me out with my programming class and let me learn android development at the same time

  • Jason Taylor

    I would love to win this book. I have been wanting to get into Android development and this will help me greatly.

  • Corey Lyle

    Coo coo ka chow.

  • B Jordan

    I love the Sam's Teach Yourself books, I have several of them!

  • Bill

    Hey I'd love to learn how to program!

  • TonyP

    Pick me, pick me!

  • Elvis

    I am the future, Android, its the future, so by giving me this book you're investing in the future.
    true, simple, solid. Just like Android!

  • http://www.pylotech.com/ Chris Webster

    Ooo fun. :) I could go for one of those. :)

  • Matt Dukes

    Me want Android development book.

    You give please.


  • Dub Specialist

    yup...i want one

  • Omar

    Would love to win a copy of this book!

  • joe

    Will I win this time? I doubt it.

  • Christian Collet

    Awesome. Love the fact that it is open to all!

  • Dan

    This would be an awesome resource I'm attempting to teach myself already, but something like this would be very useful.

  • Bruce Cheek

    I could always use another development book

  • Bruce Cheek

    I could always use another development book.

  • jason

    I've been wanting to get into Android dev for awhile now. Would like to win this book to get started.

  • Ryan

    This would be a great start for a group of developers that I am a part of, working for the State.

  • Noah G

    I would love to learn android development.

  • Leo Noordhuizen

    Looking forward to have a copy

  • Alan

    Random winners? Heck, I am about as random as you get, so where can I send my address?

  • Mat

    Yes please, I would love this book, sounds great!

  • Jesse

    I've been meaning to get into Android development. Count me in!

  • Jess Hallsworth

    I would love to have this book! I would be able to reprogram my dog's brain to help take over the world!

  • Erica

    I have so many great app ideas in my head, don't have the funding to hire someone to do it, and would love to try to do it myself.

  • Alisa

    I'm game for some Android Development! Let's do this!

  • Márton

    Yes. I would like to have one. :-)

  • ralph

    I just hope whoever gets the book cranks out something seriously cool, and doesn't just reinvent the wheel... :-)

  • Noodles

    24 hours is fast! Looks great

  • Ami

    Would love to have it! 8-D

  • Brian

    I wouldn't mind checking out one.

  • Vasiles

    I wish this time I'll get one.

  • Jacob

    Would love to win this book.

  • Kevin Kuretski

    I've been trying for awhile, this book looks amazing!

  • Brion

    I've been trying to learn more about android developement and this would help so much!

  • WeeSiong

    I'm going to get a HP TouchPad soon (or if it comes out early enough, ICS phones/tablets/whatever, is very very interested in developing tablet apps, and/or assist others in doing so. This guide seems very interesting! =D

  • Kelley

    Oh this is something I've been meaning to learn FOREVER

  • Anthony

    Wow, it would be great to be able to get this.

  • http://twitter.com/four8fifteen16 Ben

    This book is right up my alley. Please award me this.

  • Chance

    AP always has such good giveaways, here's hoping it'll help me start developing apps :D

  • ocdtrekkie

    This would be a huge help!

  • Jacob

    I would love to learn this platform! :D

  • John

    This would be great!

  • http://blaqe.blogspot.com/ Eric J

    I need to learn this, I am willing and ready to make this step into the future. I have already rooted many devices and love tablets, plus I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 too!!!!
    I need this book YO!!!

  • Jorge Rangel

    Sign me up for this, Android rocks!

  • Tim

    This would be awesome!

  • http://facebook.com/heylookabear Matt J.

    Well my comment is special anyway. I should win.

  • Santo

    Would love to start developing in Android!

  • http://jjvolkan.blogspot.com/ JOhn J Volk
  • palmer nyako

    !!! I would love this book!
    I literally just signed up for computer programming today at OCCC, and i plan on developing android apps!
    This would be a great reference book and i would you guys forever and ever!
    lol fun fact, you have to take public speaking for computer programming?? i was like O_O

  • possessedskier

    I never win anything!

  • Brian Zable

    I am a student who needs this book!

  • Aaron

    I'd love to win this!

  • Deepak

    I'd love to win a copy to get started on android !

  • Eric

    I would love this book :)

  • https://plus.google.com/103976988895162707033/posts?hl=en kris

    i want to get the book. im actually downloading CM repos right now lol, im eager to try it out

  • Nathan

    Thank you for the book!, Just in case.

  • Kei

    Would love to have this book so i can have a quick start on android app dev

  • Kei

    Would love to have this book so i can have a quick start on android app dev.

  • Brad

    please send me a copy...

  • http://sites.google.com/site/brzgw Muzafar Umarov

    I really want one :P Learning programming right now.

  • Chris

    I'd love to have this one!!

  • Keirol

    would love to have this book as a quick start for my android app dev. my SGS II already excited about this.

  • Mdormx

    Ok, hacerlo yo mismo con Android, me parece perfecto. Yo quiero uno.

  • http://about.me/rlcassidy RLCassidy

    I want to win!!

  • Dennis Flinn

    I'm in - I want to learn more about the Android

  • Naveen Chander

    Been thinking about getting into Android development for a quite some time now and this seems like a good point to start. I want this book.

  • http://plus.google.com/113974181374058734489 Sherman

    Consider me entered.

  • Awang Ilyas

    Always wanted to dev.
    I'm in.

  • Neil

    Hook me up. Please?

  • chris

    would very much like

  • http://Www.drizzdesign.com Adrian

    I've got some great ideas but no android development ability :( hook me up

  • http://tinyurl.com/yegafs Dennis F. Heffernan

    Sounds good. Here's hoping!!!

  • Arsalan

    Always wanted to code

  • suzehenry

    Gee, If I only had a book that could teach me android development in 24-hours I could come up with some awesome apps!

  • prabhakar

    i want one.. :) Thanks

  • Mike S

    Oooooo - I'll take one...but as usual, a 24 hours book will probably take me more than 24 hours to read it - always does. :)

  • Micah

    Couldn't hurt right? And i've been searching for a book to read! :D

  • joe

    Awesome, would love to learn more about Android...Really need to learn more than just how to root roms..

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/113531415437983740096 Arleen Boyd

    As a fairly recent Droid Convert, I see how this book is destined to be a best seller! Every day I think... "Dang I wish there was an app for that!" If I win the book... there will be!

  • http://www.thomasnet.com Brendan OConnell

    I would very much like a copy.

  • http://www.facebook.com Nicholas Chase

    Thank you for this contest! I could maybe make a living writing apps for Android?

  • Shannon Weirich

    Oh please, Oh please. Not a lot more I can add to that. Except, I never win this sh1t. Worth the attempt right?

  • george

    I would kick a puppy on video for this!!!!!!

  • ryanmmoore

    always wanted to learn to code - love android as well!

  • Sanat

    I Love You gus too!!!

  • Nate

    I'd love to get into Android development. One, please! :)

  • TZ

    Love Android, hook me up!

  • Jonathan

    Would love to learn!

  • TK

    Reserve one for me please :-)

  • Rajaram Janardan

    Android Books Giveaway is the choicest to rejoice wearing my best hi-tech smile. Here in India Ganesh Chaturthi's auspicious reason start from today and continue for next eleven days. The Giveaway is the perfect gift for connecting technology with spirituality! God bless you, "Ganpati Bappa Morya!"(WISH YOU ALL BEST OF LUCK FROM LORD GANESHI).

  • https://twitter.com/#!/northlandfox Dawn Dawson

    Yes I'm tired of saying, what about a droid app? : )

  • Jordan Fritzsche

    I really want to win, I've got to make an app for all these icons I've made.

  • Mark Goho

    Woo, great book!

  • Ryan Wallace

    It would be nice learning how to code in Android, I've been watching the free 200+ videos and I would like some more help with developing for this platform...

  • Chris

    I'm just starting to learn programming and this would be useful.

  • Andrew

    I've been coding desktop programs for years, now is about time to go mobile! Please let me win this.. /kneel

  • Ryan Hutchinson

    I want one hahah

  • tarman

    good luck to everyone and early congrats to those that win!

  • Zomby2D

    I'm just starting to scratch the surface of Android development. That book could help kick-start things for me.

  • charles

    i could use this

  • Becky B.

    So excited about this! LOVE my ANDROID! Good luck everyone....wish we could all win. ;-)

  • Eric

    Many thanks in advance :D

  • http://about.me/jenniferruggiero Jennifer Ruggiero

    I'd love to get this book as I want to learn more about developing for Android.

    Thanks!!! - Jennifer

  • http://ww.bayoumx.com tim antley

    I am trying to develop mobile app for public safety application to interface with document server.

  • Kurt Liget

    I'll take it, Thank You.

  • Ary

    this could really change my life

  • MJ

    Damn, it would be nice to win this book...

  • Gerald Wu

    I Love Android ...I want to develop my own flash application to teach my kid in the study rather than play games

  • Kellen

    I want to win! This is text added so my post isn't too short. Maybe if I had a huge android book to read I'd have more to say? :)

  • Bob S

    Hoping to learn more of the architecture by winning this book.

  • Umang

    The heat is on again... Maybe this time I could get some hands on...

  • http://mother-mel.blogspot.com/ Melanie Grant

    I know my hubby would love this!

  • http://gadgeteer.co.za Danie

    I'd love to have a paper book version ;-)

  • Jeppe

    I would really like to win so that I may start writing some programs to improve upon some of the (few) things I think could be better in android :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrCreePer03 Mr. Creeper

    Here is my entry. woot.

  • Ryan O.

    My great app ideas ain't NOTHING without a good book to teach how to make them!

  • Alex

    been wanting to learn android development for a while now! :)

  • whodunit

    I would love to be able to make apps. That would be so cool! I love my HTC Evo 3D! Thank you for this opportunity! B-)

  • Sub

    Man, it would be really nice if I won this book, already have a great idea for an app :D

  • Raavi

    I could really use this. Self-taught is good but having some theory to back it up is better

  • Kristian Larsen

    Why not... I'll give it a try :)

  • Caroline

    Would love to win this! Although, it'll take me more than an hour to read each lesson, I'm sure ;)

  • David

    Will it teach me how to make one of those fabulous fart machines?

  • Alex

    That sure makes a lot of people!

  • Alex

    That sure makes a lot of people! Imma win the book!

  • Alex

    That sure makes a lot of people! Imma win the book!
    @david you can use appinventor for that :)

  • http://workingbinary.com Alam

    Please let me have it!

  • Anthony Fawcett

    Do want!

    Seriously, I've been itching to get into developing on Android 3.0

  • Hellion

    Hope to win just once, and then make another AB ;)

  • Rajat

    Definitely want one!.. :)

  • Rajat

    Definitely want one!..thnx!!

  • Rajat

    Definitely want one!

  • Akos

    I have some good apps in mind would be helpful to implement.

  • Ev

    Wow 2^9 pages, gimme this :)

  • ItsMillerTime

    First the videos and now a free book! Sweet.

  • Wojtek

    Amazing book! - /me wants :D

  • http://www.ranchlavalle.it tommaso

    no way , it is my book and i will win it

  • http://maltainfosec.org Donald Tabone

    oh wow.. would love to get hold of this book..!!