Last Updated: July 10th, 2012

The contest is now over. Here are the winners, selected at random:
  • Danny Holyoake
  • Zhe Xi Ooi
  • Marc Zdon
  • Dennis F Heffernan   
  • Melvin Blokhuijzen   
  • Pegasus195   
  • Raido   
  • Sirdeiu   
  • Justin  
  • Brett Glisson

Congratulations - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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There are a lot of integrated development environments out there, and when it comes to Android, Eclipse is one of the most popular. As always, Apress has every budding developer's back with a book written specifically for getting people up and running on the IDE. The book is called Android Apps with Eclipse, and it covers everything from installing and configuring Eclipse to finalizing and tweaking your app.

Android Apps with Eclipse


Written by Onur Cinar, the book spans a 372 pages and is offered in both paperback ($31) and eBook ($32).

Eclipse is the most adopted integrated development environment (IDE) for Java programmers. And, now, Eclipse seems to be the preferred IDE for Android apps developers.

Android Apps with Eclipse provides a detailed overview of Eclipse, including steps and the screenshots to help Android developers to quickly get up to speed on Eclipse and to streamline their day-to-day software development. This book includes the following:

  • Overview of Eclipse fundamentals for both Java and C/C++ Development.
  • Using Eclipse Android Development Toolkit (ADT) to develop, debug, and troubleshoot Android applications.
  • Using Eclipse C/C++ Development Toolkit (CDT) in conjunction with Android Native Development Kit (NDK) to integrate, develop and troubleshoot native Android components through Eclipse.
What you’ll learn
  • How to use the most popular Java IDE for Android apps development
  • How to install and configure Eclipse for Android development
  • How to build an Android media player app using the Eclipse IDE
  • How to leverage Eclipse with the Android Native Development Kit for C/C++ needs
  • How to leverage Eclipse for scripting using Android's SL4A (Scripting Layer for Android)
  • How to do continuous integration in Eclipse, including source code controls, scripting builds with Ant and more
Who this book is for

This book is for both beginner and intermediate developers who would like to quickly come up to speed on Android development using the Eclipse IDE.

Developers who follow along with the examples in the bok will build a movie player app, then learn to add AVI support to it. It will also teach how to script for the app using Lua.

The Contest

Apress has been generous enough to partner up with us to give away 10 copies of Android Apps with Eclipse. To enter, just leave a comment telling us what kind of app you want to create with your new-found skills. Be sure to include your email address so that we can contact you if you win!

The contest is open to everyone in the world (fully international) and will run from today (Saturday, June 30) until Wednesday, Thursday, July 5 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

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.

  • Override182

    oh my, i mean GalaxyS3. typo, sorry

  • H3xTo

    I want to create an app for fraternities

  • Superstepa

    An app which will use the microphone to tell annoying people to shut up

  • Daniel Herrera Marmolejo

    I would love to make a App to share the love for Android

  • Razvan Stefanescu

    I would like to make an app that silences the phone in certain locations.

  • dfube

    I'd like to make a tool to help every day life.

  • Clint Pedersen

    I'm interested in making an email app that I had an idea for a few months ago. This would be perfect as Eclipse is my IDE of choice.

  • Rahul Bhatnagar

    I would probably create a app for youtube coz their app really sucks...

  • Rahul Bhatnagar

    I would probably develop an app for youtube coz their app really sucks...

  • Demicat

    I'd like to develop homescreen/launcher such revolutionary as the Slidescreen launcher was... :)

  • Shiran Sukumar

    NoMusic an app to connect musicians who want to play with other musicians in the area. 

  • Alex

    A simple GPS linked tide timetable. - got to start somewhere!

  • Morten Broberg

    I've got some ideas for some apps to help fight diseases that I would love to develop further.

  • kapil sukhyani

    I am planning to create a small clock widget with enough effect that possibly be added with it. This app would just be to start with widgets development in android

  • King Mickey08

    i always wanna make a game for my phone

  • Keyz Karanza

    I'd make an app to make it easier to take upskirt photos at bars and clubs.

  • Flyabout

    being a diabetic I would like to creat a app that is based on the sections. 1 a small data base with the carbs of most type of food that I eat and the amount of insulin that is needed based on my own requirement. 2 draw a graph base on the results of display as day/week/month with running average. some means to save and print this information.

  • Nic

    I'd like to make a Theremin app!

  • santiagof4

    I want to make an image processing app, change the background of a picture. Also an app for a shopping site i'm developing

  • Varun Joshi

    I want to make an app that tells you to put down the phone when you've used it for a long while, a really good RSS reader (like Reeder for iOS) and probably some games.

  • http://twitter.com/bkatsma bill

     I would like to make a GTD type app focused around school.

  • Dave Moore

    I would like to make an adfree, login-free app to track gas mileage and oil changes for my vehicles.

    • Melissa

      Have you heard of an app called Mileage by Evan Charlton, it is an ad-free, login free app that tracks gas mileage and allows for other service intervals other than just oil changes, like replace air filter and transmission fluid. I've been using it for a year now and its been pretty good at giving me an average mpg. You can even tell the app if you filled your tank at the gas station or not, which is quite helpful.
      By no means though am I telling you not to make one of your own, go ahead I'll bet it will be a great app. I just happen to already use an app that does this kind of functionality and thought it might be of interest to you since you wanted to make one too.

  • http://twitter.com/ltsang Tsang

    I would like to create an app to track your rebates and it'll let you take pictures of everything to keep a record of it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W42JLA6XDICRB34PUMYMLXNPTM Scott

    I'd make some sort of addictive puzzle game.

  • Eeyoredadx3

    I'd make an app to clip recipes from the internet.

  • will

    a game

  • eugene downing

    Would love to make an app that lets me know where and when all the local farmers markets are.

  • Mike Pinter

    I've been working with my daughter's elementary school to bring in some Android Tablets for the students.  I haven't developed in a couple of years (I'm a manager now), but am considering dusting off my old skills and try to write some apps to help the teachers integrate some of their current web apps (webgrader, weblocker, etc) into a single point of content for students and staff.

  • kcslimmers

    i would like to build an app that would help me automate things around my house using Android and NFC capabilities.

  • http://www.technogeekguy.com dswartze

    I would love to write an app for my church!

  • http://mreaston.myopenid.com/ Chris

     I would like to write an app for home control, like opening a garage door, unlocking doors, or checking to make sure doors are locked.

  • http://mreaston.myopenid.com/ Chris

     I would like to write an app for home control, like opening a garage door, unlocking doors, or checking to make sure doors are locked.

  • Clayton Reeves

    There are 2 or 3 games I would like to do as well as an app my wife has had in mind for a bit to help moms and cloths shopping for their kids.

  • Eric

     I have an idea on an app, but want to keep it a secret until I release it, it'll have to use the GPS though.

  • Jaysen Barber

    an old school rpg

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    I'd like to make an app which makes my tabletop RPG experience a little more streamlined, to move away from the 'pen and paper' from 'pen and paper' RPGs. Specifically, I have the ambition in mind to write a custom output plugin for Hero Lab to be read by an Android app.

  • GuidZilla

    I have an interest in developing apps tailored specifically to our brands different customer bases. 

  • SwimDrew

    I would like to make a Robot Unicorn Attack live wallpaper

  • Mario

    I would like to make primarily a music player, currently planning on the desktop app.

  • Johnbprice

    What kind of app do I want to create?   Well, an Android app.  With Eclipse.

  • kachhalimbu

    I want to make a better drawing app to teach my daughter cognitive skills

  • http://twitter.com/Daniel_c05 Daniel Alvarado

    I'd like to create a facebook app that actually works, and then sell it to facebook :)

  • AndrewBuell

    I would create a virtual recipe holder with the ability to clip from the web and add them manually. The app would support gestures similar to stack view and fling to move like in the chrome app. Regular touch navigation will be around to help those old timers. I would also want to be able to connect to food shows for like QR codes and better filing from websites.

  • Disconnect

    I want to integrate Waze with the Pebble eink watch I'm getting soon :)

  • http://twitter.com/CebuPromos CebuPromos.com

    I want to create a dictionary app for Filipino Sign Language, so we can communicate / understand the Deaf better.

  • wangyip

    Would love to make games on Android

  • http://twitter.com/davelowp David Lopez

    I want to make a one stop shop app, you wont have to leave the app for anything! :)

  • Steve Palacios

    I have an idea for an integrated maintenance tracking application for Android. The end result would include hardware elements that are integrated with the vehicle(s) being tracked.

  • Pegasus195

    I would like to make any kind android app using eclipse starting from zero! eventhough i'm 13.

  • Melissa

    I would create a better app for women to keep track of their menstrual cycle as most out there are bulky to navigate and none of them take advantage of the Android Design Guidelines. It would also take advantage of the backup api so if the user got a new phone they could install the app and the data would automatically download itself on to the phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JOHN.R.P.JR John Robert Peters
  • bhavik tikudiya

    i like to develop a app that will give the acurate timng of traind in our countary..delayed or on time..;-)

  • Pedro Pina

    i would create an app that would stalk my crush for me updating me of every action she does online. muhahahahahah

  • http://twitter.com/gizmodude NS

    a old school shooter... that's totally addictive and can be played on HDTV.

  • http://twitter.com/BigNem Brandon Gosch

    I would create an app for my company. We are a webhosting company and I know there is not much demand, but I do think it could become very useful.

  • timtam

    I want to create an app that will automatically grab short fun video clips to entertain my baby daughter each day on my mobile phone.

  • StarwisePatman

    Working on creating several new games, in particular adventure games for Android handhelds. Going through the internet tutorials hasn't been that great for Eclipse + Android, really need some decent books and material to help us keep moving. Need this book!

  • Moosetraxx

    Just started programming in high school and working on programming using Eclipse. Working on programming a new adventure game on Android with my Dad and hoping this book will help me out.

  • Deepu Mukundan

    I would like to build a travel planner which links to Google Maps, Flight information from Google and Hotels, which would let plan trips of most efficient use of time and distance.

  • Lekshmi Ravindranath

    I would make an app that could scan a whiteboard with written list of items (like things to buy for shopping, things to do etc) and convert it to text/checklists. This would make life easier as we can write down stuff while in kitchen or office and just take a snapshot and digitize everything.

  • Stephen Milone

    i would make an XBMC remote that it optimized for tablets..

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.plotko Alan Plotko

    I would love to make an app for my anime forum. :P

  • Melvin Blokhuijzen

    Thank you so much AndroidPolice and Apress. I'm one of the lucky winners, can't wait to get a copy so I can start reading!!

  • Joosep

    I would like to make an app for a local School to replace paper coupons or at least make an alternative.

  • Caio Moreno

    Near Field Communication

  • Francois Reich

    Not Far Circles ! (G+ fan ;))

  • Tony Ventura

    Neat Fast Communicator

  • Savo Pejović

    National Frisbee Committee