Our friends over at informIT are back with another new book on programming for Android. This time around, though, the book places more emphasis on learning directly by creating apps - in other words, learning by doing. The book is Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach, and it packs 16 fully coded Android apps as examples.

The Book

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Written by Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel, Abbey Deitel (quite the family affair...) and Michael Morgano, the book is 512 pages long and can be had for $29 for the eBook, $36 for a paper copy, or $49 for both.

Contains 16 Fully Coded Android™ Apps

The professional programmer’s Deitel® guide to Android™ smartphone and tablet app development and the Eclipse IDE with the Android Development Tools (ADT) plug-in

Billions of apps have been downloaded from Android Market! This book gives you everything you’ll need to start developing great Android apps quickly and getting them published on Android Market. The book uses an app-driven approach—each new technology is discussed in the context of 16 fully tested Android apps, complete with syntax coloring, code walkthroughs and sample outputs. Apps you’ll develop include:

  • SpotOn Game

  • Slideshow

  • Flag Quiz

  • Route Tracker

  • Favorite Twitter® Searches

  • Address Book

  • Tip Calculator

  • Doodlz

  • Weather Viewer

  • Cannon Game

  • Voice Recorder

  • Pizza Ordering

Practical, example-rich coverage of:

  • Smartphone and Tablet Apps, Android Development Tools (ADT) Plug-In for Eclipse

  • Activities, Intents, Content Providers

  • GUI Components, Menus, Toasts, Resource Files, Touch and Gesture Processing

  • Tablet Apps, ActionBar and AppWidgets

  • Tweened Animations, Property Animations

  • Camera, Audio, Video, Graphics, OpenGL ES

  • Gallery and Media Library Access

  • SharedPreferences, Serialization, SQLite

  • Handlers and Multithreading, Games

  • Google Maps, GPS, Location Services, Sensors

  • Internet-Enabled Apps, Web Services, Telephony, Bluetooth®

  • Speech Synthesis and Recognition

  • Android Market, Pricing, Monetization

  • And more…

Think you're ready to get started? That's the spirit, wolves - read on to find out how you can win a free copy.

How To Win

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:

  • Borche Georgiev
  • Bob Johnson
  • Derek Garmon
  • Kevin K
  • d3vkit

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Once again, the contest is quite simple: leave a comment to this post (below) and be sure to include your actual email address in the "Mail" column - we need it to contact you in the event that you win. There are no rules for what kind of comment in particular, but something funny or witty would be interesting.

The contest will end Friday, October 21 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Once again, the contest is open to everyone in the world. Good luck!