Who's ready for another developer book giveaway? This go around you'll have a chance to win one of two different books: The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK, or Android for Programmers: An App Driven Approach, both of which are coming from our friends at InformIT.
The Android Developer's Cookbook:
- phill henry
- Frederic Müller
- Ben Bw*
Android For Programmers:
- John Ex*
- Dennis F. Heffernan
- D Law*
- Greg Back*
- Dharmin Kansara
- Clayton REEVES
- Gregg Martinson
- Kiran Parmar
Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!
Here's a quick glance at what each book is all about:
The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK
Want to get started building applications for Android, the world’s hottest, fast-growing mobile platform? Already building Android applications and want to get better at it? This book brings together all the expert guidance–and code–you’ll need!
Completely up-to-date to reflect the newest and most widely used Android SDKs, The Android Developer’s Cookbook is the essential resource for developers building apps for any Android device, from phones to tablets.
Proven, modular recipes take you from the absolute basics to advanced location-based services, security techniques, and performance optimization. You’ll learn how to write apps from scratch, ensure interoperability, choose the best solutions for common problems, and avoid development pitfalls. Coverage includes:
- Implementing threads, services, receivers, and other background tasks
- Providing user alerts
- Organizing user interface layouts and views
- Managing user-initiated events such as touches and gestures
- Recording and playing audio and video
- Using hardware APIs available on Android devices
- Interacting with other devices via SMS, web browsing, and social networking
- Storing data efficiently with SQLite and its alternatives
- Accessing location data via GPS
- Using location-related services such as the Google Maps API
- Building faster applications with native code
- Providing backup and restore with the Android Backup Manager
- Testing and debugging apps throughout the development cycle
And the other, Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach
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:
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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
PLUS: Online chapters that cover Android Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4), including a complete, working Ice Cream Sandwich app!
Winners will be able to choose from a hard copy or eBook edition of either title.
How to Enter
Entering is easy - all you need to do is drop a comment telling us which book you want and why. When entering, though, make sure you put a valid email address in the email field of your comment (otherwise, we won't be able to notify you if you win). We'll randomly pick 20 winners (10 for each book) at the end of the contest period.
This contest will run for 24 hours, and will end at 2PM PST on December 21, 2011.
This contest is open to residents of the following countries:
THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO, CHILE, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, INDIA, FRANCE, BELGIUM, THE UNITED KINGDOM, LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, DENMARK, NORWAY, SPAIN, IRELAND, RUSSIA, THE NETHERLANDS, SOUTH KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA, TAIWAN, ITALY, PORTUGAL, SLOVENIA, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA, MALAYSIA, VIETNAM, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, CROATIA, THE UKRAINE, POLAND, BULGARIA, AND HUNGARY WHICH ARE: (i) OVER THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE ON THE DATE REFERENCED BELOW AS THE START DATE FOR THE CONTEST; AND (ii) WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND IN THE UNITED STATES; THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA; OR RESIDENTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN STATES OF VICTORIA, QUEENSLAND OR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY