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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!

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.

  • Lorenzo

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  • Lorenzo

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  • Brandon

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  • hashbrown

    Went to BigAndroid BBQ and learned very little if anything past installing Eclipse. Advanced Programing seminar was cancelled and would like more insite into Android Programming past Java! Please post results for these contests!!!

  • Mike

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  • http://safyah.com Kelvin Pompey

    I am happy developing for Mac/iOS but if I win a copy of the book then maybe I'll give android a try! lol.

  • Jennifer Lee

    This will be a great reference to try my hands on creating Android apps. Thank you!

  • Roman

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  • Viktor Kovarik

    I want to start develop for Android. I've tried some things in Eclipse (editing Hello World) but I want something more professional to learn it...

  • Jeff

    This would sure be useful...

  • Stefano

    I want a copy please!

  • Brian Zable

    I need this to create my app.

  • Joey

    This would make an excellent addition to my android programming book collection.

  • Marvy

    I would be so thankful to win this! Please and thank you! :)

  • Derrick

    Definitely want to learn

  • Zach

    I've just recently started developing for Android... this book would be a huge help!

  • mace

    I'll take one.

  • Rahim

    I would love a copy! Thank you.

  • Kevin

    All of my wants!!!!

  • Kevin

    This would be absolutely spectacular! So much want!

  • Ahmad Yasser

    Gimme gimme! I'd love this, would come in handy.

  • Paulo

    If I was an android I would like a book like this one but...about humans.

  • Jim

    Everyone who knows me would say one thing about me without skipping a beat... "He's Apple this, Apple that, but why is it he's got a Samsung Epic 4g holstered on his belt? While everyone's camping out to buy the new iPhone he's trying to figure out if he wants to upgrade to the Sammy Epic 4G Touch or the Motorola Photon... no, wait HTC, no, no, for sure the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Photon 4G with sideloading 3D ADDHDTV.... " GEEZ, AND give him a book so we don't have to keep listening to all the nonsensical babbling and he can finally go to his Androidian Mancave.

  • Gordon

    Please enter me for the book.

  • Michael Cruz

    my momma always said life is like a box of choclate, you never know wha tyou gonna get

  • Brad B

    This book looks pretty good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/haseeb.shaikh7 Haseeb S

    Moar programming = Moar apps!!! A handy book to own.

  • Michael L

    Knowing your book would be out I just upgraded to a smart phone last week so I would have something to program on.

  • Brandenwill

    I was just looking at Android programming books the other day. I would love to win this.

  • Zak

    I was at a bar once and noticed some real drunk guy and yelled to him


    Guy had cerebral palsy. I felt like a total dick.

  • smorik

    Book please! must make apps like yesterday!

  • shokfer

    I hate apple and I have nice jugs!

  • yang

    Love sample codes.!

  • https://plus.google.com/117702410245683101961/posts Lucian Armasu

    It looks like an interesting book.

  • Muzafar

    this looks very nice chance to learn. I need this

  • http://Lift.co J.Briano

    I'll use this for sure.

  • Nithin

    Would love to win this. i have just got into developing for android an this books be helpful.

  • Tommy

    I really want this! I've wanted to develop an app that people will use for a year! Originally I was gonna make an app for psp, but I moved on to android.

  • Andrew

    Sounds like all of the motivation I need to get started!

  • jeffb

    I want this book!

  • randy

    Comment. I need the book....

  • xeeshan

    My first app would be one that can look up giveaways like this on the web and enter me. The second one would set up site to sell the stuff I win. Will use the money to buy every new apple device that comes out. I need this.

  • Mostafa

    I need this book to start making some moula! I finished learning Java and this would be great!!!

  • B Koch

    Ants for Android! Yes Please.

  • Todd

    I'll take it and try to understand

  • Marlon

    Count me in!!! I am an open source application developer and teaches mobile programming in a university

  • Jorge

    I have a great idea for an app, if I won this that app could actually become a reality!

  • Miriam

    Give it to me!!!

  • http://www.danflynndesign.com Dan Flynn

    It's mine! All mine!!! #nosharing

  • Taterade

    Oh man I so need this, I've been working on this one application for a few months with no prior android experience or reference, the only thing I've been going off of is stack overflow (I can't plug this site enough) and the Android Dev site.

  • Benazir

    Give it to me I will make smarter "Siri" for Android :D

  • VonDerThWood

    Enterinnnnnnnn'. Obviously this contest is going to overflow so the odds are against me, but so are the odds of me programming a successful app without it. :P

  • Rodney

    I really need this, Please!

  • Mike

    Odds are I won't win but I love Deitel books and I am ready for this one!!!

  • Mike

    It sounds like lots of fun--plus I can probably learn to write an app or two which will annoy my brothers!

  • Fahad Ahmed

    I would be glad to have this book. Not programmed android but am anxiously waiting for a job or a situation to come were I can get my hands dirty with it.Winning this book will definitely make an impact on my desire for learning android, please come to Papa sweetie :)......

  • http://thefourthmachine.com Sergio A.M.

    *crosses fingers!*

  • Shane

    Free stuff is the best stuff... specially free android stuff :P

  • Deep

    Need to gift to my friend who is an android developer , will help him much, thank you for running this contest,

  • awg_ilyas

    Oooo! Me me!!! Needs teh book for me to start programming.

  • AngelZxxWingZ

    Sign me up.... I would really appreciate a copy..especially for a great launch into my personal Android developing career......

  • Charlie

    I'd love a copy of this please

  • http://craniac.net Steve Crane

    I'd love to copy of this book.

  • Yannis

    Maybe it will be destiny that makes a new great developer

  • Rich Le

    I wonder what kind of random number generation system they are going to use to decide the winner.

  • Ra’ed

    Really Nice Book to start with...
    and your Website is the more beautiful...

  • http://geeksid.blogspot.com/ opoel

    I'm currently interested in making android-app, hopefully I get this book so that I could learn from really good resource.

  • http://tantrajnaan.com Udayan

    Count me in for the contest. I would like to get the book and get going with Apps !

  • Serhio

    Include me in contest, pls

  • Musa

    Thank you very much

  • Muralikrishna Prodduturi

    Time to enter into Android world!!! Feeling great :)

  • Ruben Behaeghe

    I'm studying informatics and would love to programm some nice Android apps. This book would be a very good beginningpoint.


  • dmac

    Sounds like a great way to get started programming Android. Sure, I'd love one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/unipradeep Pradeep Singha

    Wao, it seems very useful! Thanks a lot for the giveaway! I would like to have one. :)

  • codeMonkey

    give me this and i will give you intro to algorithms by cormen.. everyone wins!!!

  • Graham

    I'd like a copy of that book please

  • Philippe Batigne

    I'd really like to win this, I'm an up-and-coming android developer and I'd like all the resources I can get.

  • Gonçalo

    Hey, Police!
    Could you tell me if you ship this to Portugal? Or will it be an ebook? I know i probably won't win but why not?

    Need this to win my Android vs iOS battle with my gf xD

    Well, sign me up (if i can!)

  • Kaz

    Oh, man - I'd love a copy of this...

  • Jpage

    Wow, I could write myself a money management app that works how I want it too! Nails!

  • Deepak Achariya

    I like desserts very much and to cook my favourite (icecream sandwich) i really need this (recipe)book.


  • Muthukumaran

    I always wanted to program this robot to work in a way i liked it to, this is the chance with which i will be able to learn how to program it in my own way Thank you Deitel for contributing such a wonderful resource

  • Deepak Gupta

    Can I get one please :)

  • Josh

    Please give me the power to unlock the Dark side.

  • http://jacquelyn88.blogspot.com Jacquelyn Ho

    Pick me! pick me! *jumps up and down*

  • http://www.facebook.com/kgmserador Andie


  • Warren

    This cat has 10 lives, I'm that lucky. Prove me right!

  • RiDelub

    If I win I'll give you candies :)

  • http://heshamfas.com Hesham

    Looks like a promising field

  • Jan

    Just started programming for Android =)

  • Hfas

    How much is it anyway? If I don't win I might buy it

  • mysky911

    Count me in... and give me book... :)

  • Vince

    Would be very nice if i can have this book

  • http://www.tylerlane.net Tyler Lane

    I would love to win this. I have been looking to get into mobile app development and do apps for the newspaper i work for.

  • doseas

    I need to win this book!

  • Joshua

    I want one! Please~~~~

  • Ed

    I'd love to win this book!

  • Order

    Sounds great. Really could use one.

    Cookies to you, death to IOS.

  • Jonathan

    Desperately need to know how to make a Pizza Ordering app!!

  • thds

    count me in please.

  • http://415designs.com Noshitsky

    gotta get it ! Dev It To Mee ^^

  • MIke

    I know webOS so I NEED to learn Android. Thank you. AndroidPolice is the best.

  • fabscr

    I'd love one! pick me pls ;)

  • Arunas

    wget [AP_insert_book_url_here_please]

  • Colin

    You guys have the best giveaways!

  • Weeny

    bookworm need the book!

  • Aaron C

    random post ftw

  • ndubuisi

    its quite amazing to see that everyone in here just wants a give away Free book i thought free things flickers only people in my part of the word, you know, where I'm from we love free things. and gets a lot free things so this book I've got a copy of it but only by the end of this contest. Watch out.

  • Skyler

    This would be a great aid for me! I've been looking to start developing for Android for a bit now.

  • JP

    Help me make the world a better place by allowing me to learn Android! : )

  • Gavin

    I can haz book?!

  • Josh

    One out of six Americans live in poverty, while the other five are complaining about changes to facebook. Oh, and I want this book...so give it to me.

  • Mark

    I'll take it please!

  • Dave H

    Apps are the hot need right now. Look forward to reading.

  • Aaron H

    You guys are awesome - maybe you can do an article on the app I write after I win this book from you. Wouldn't that be a happy circle!

  • Bobs

    I would like a copy please.

  • Alston

    May I have to win it, please?

  • Alston

    May I have the chance to win it from AndroidPolice???

  • and-dude

    I shall not eat ice or sandwich until I get one copy of this book!!!!!

  • Rahul

    as @zachbraff says, iOS 5 is one step closer to an Android... lets make it tougher for iOS to reach.. ;) go wiiiinnnn...!! :D

  • Ev

    We love Android at 2^9 pages !

  • ntebis

    I wish I win :)

  • Yash

    i think i can hear the green bastard(or now its d brown and white bastard) calling my name... so i think it wants 2 be with me... il show it a good time... so pls gimme d book
    P.S. Im not drunk :P

  • CrashR

    With this book I won't crash my application :-)

  • Magz

    I'd like to win.

  • Duane

    I want the book, give it to me please :-)

  • http://www.seriousbusiness.ca Darryl G. Wright

    It is not coincidence that i found this post and this contest. I was meant to win this book.

  • http://nowebsite Vlad Onu

    Man I'd love to start learning how to develop. This would be a great start. Thanks for the opportunity! Cheers!

  • Luis Martins

    I want this book giveaway...
    No, I´m from Portugal...

  • Tkun

    I've been wanting to develop and release some games for Android, so I'm thinking this book will help me achieve that.

  • http://photography.liquidblack.co.uk Samuel

    This is not the competition entry you are looking for

  • Adam

    Pick me! I need this book!

  • http://www.phoenixws.co.uk Tom bangham

    Wow great looking book i would love any resource to help me learn Android

    "beats flipping burgers"

  • MJ

    Interested in Android programming here and prefer real books so it would be awesome if I were to win!

  • Z

    This is sometimes the competition entry you are looking for.

  • http://paralap.blogspot.com Glainskurt

    Me ancantaria ganarme este libro... seria bueno empezar a desarrollar apps para android, ya que en C# es un poco complicado... Gracias por la oportunidad!

  • David H

    Hope I win. That way I can make this app better for my users! Over 6000 so far. I've been getting way too many complaint emails as of late...


  • Bryan C

    i want to have this book, 1st book ever RoArR!!!

  • RazvanS

    This book would be a good opportunity to get over the procrastination i'm into and start learning how to make Android apps.

  • allajunaki

    Give me the book and I will make you Jelly Bean (Or whatever delicious sweet confectionery google will name after ICS)

  • jim

    I'd love to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the contest!