Last Updated: April 28th, 2013

Any developer (or writer, musician, athlete, parent, human being...) worth their salt is constantly trying to improve their skills. The best way to do that is not only through doing something constantly (read: practice) but also through research, reading, and studying new material. That's why school is a thing that we do.


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The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

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  1. Victor Manuel Cruz Reyes
  2. Ed Collins
  3. Bobygk
  4. Chan Huang
  5. David Margolin
  6. Sergej Zubov
  7. Dimitris Manargias
  8. Brian Walls
  9. Daniel Vilar Tavares
  10. Ural

When it comes to moving into other areas of development and learning new skills, there are plenty of books on the matter. We've once again teamed up with informIT to give away 10 copies one such book – Android Programing: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide ($32 on Amazon). Here's a look at what it's all about:

Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide: is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience. Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular Android Bootcamp course, this guide will lead you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with all versions of Android widely used today. Write and run code every step of the way — creating apps that catalog crime scenes, browse photos, track your jogging route, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.

And some quotes from people who do things with apps and read books (including this one):

"Big Nerd Ranch provided the training we needed to get hundreds of engineers building skillfully on Android. This book is a great distillation of that training and will be a huge help to anyone looking to ramp up as well." – Mike Shaver, Director of Mobile Engineering, Facebook

"…a must-have for the developer just starting in Android or ready for more advanced techniques. I was impressed with this book’s content and clarity of presentation. The authors explain simple and complex Android topics with equal ease." – James Steele, author of The Android Developer's Cookbook

Basically, if you're an Android dev, this book can do nothing but good things for you and your skills. And now's your chance to win one of ten copies – just follow the instructions below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway begins now and will run for a week – it ends on Tuesday, April 23rd at 12:00 AM PT (Midnight). This one's open to folks across the globe, so enter away!

Good luck!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/chrisfl1963 Chris Taylor

    Thanks, I would love to read this and use the info to do things.

  • Alessandro

    I think the power of mobile is to make the hard things easier. Android is a funny, solid and open opportunity to do that, so i hope this book will upgrade my skills on this wonderfull mobile world

  • http://twitter.com/NothAU Tony

    I've had an idea for an app for a while, that so far I haven't had the knowledge on how to create it. If I get this book, it will help me learn the ropes

  • Harold R

    I've always wanted to learn to program for and think that Android is a great platform. This book would definitely be a great first step to building an app!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Phillipalarcon Phillip Alarcón

    I would want to win this to try and use it to make an application, well, more of a game. A game like papaya farm. I've following guides but most are outdated and old. I hope I get a chance to win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kuba.tomczak Kuba Tomczak

    A good programming book makes an easy start into Android development. I would like to have that one:]

  • http://www.facebook.com/vladimir.kuznecov.587 Vladimir Kuznecov

    iOS book from Big Nerd Ranch was great! Hope Android will be even better! Wanna blow google play with new app, after reading this book!

  • bobygk

    Won the book. Thanks to androidpolice.com team!

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    thanks for the giveaway.. so happy i won :)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Congrats to the winners!