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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  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.

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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.

  • tomaquet

    Seems like a useful resource

  • Dayne

    I've had a couple of app ideas in my mind for a while, but I've only done basic app design. This book would help me get started on a few of those ideas.

  • Mat Bartley

    Would love another resource.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spartan.gt Spartan GT

    Help Make game about zombies

  • ange282521

    A good way to improve my english and learn android apps programming ! :-)

  • Arnolds

    I want to get this book

  • yankeesusa

    I would love to learn android programming or at least get an idea on how it works. Thanks AP

  • http://profiles.google.com/gbelintani1 Guilherme Belintani

    Nothing like getting your skills sharper =)

  • dpn982

    Count me in, would love to add this to my collection

  • http://www.facebook.com/mnm9994u Muhammed Nazim

    Well I am in.!

  • http://www.facebook.com/siddhant.sharma.165 Siddhant Sharma

    by practicing the techniques mentioned in the book and experimenting....

  • Thomas Schuster

    My precious ...

  • Shaun

    I could really use some motivation to kick start my future. Programming has always appealed to me, and winning this would likely be taken as a sign for me. Here's hoping to the future!

  • Indranil Nandi

    i really want to build my 1st android app and make it the best out there,this might help me learn how to start...

  • http://www.facebook.com/madsmash Felipe Martinez Carreño

    After reading the comment from Mike Shaver, I realized I need to be (at least) as good in android development as any Facebook engineer. That way I will be sure all my apps get at least a 2 star rating!

  • Tony Willis

    not even expecting to win

  • Dennis

    I'd love to start programming Android Applications, this would really help!

  • Matthias Davis

    This could help with the game I'm wanting to make!

  • Jonathan Mallett

    I'm already working on an Android App for my thesis. Having some extra help certainly won't hurt :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/unethical.hacker Adie Bhatt

    I m a noob so that shall help in making quality apps

  • http://www.facebook.com/kucharski.rafal Rafał Kucharski

    Would be great to learn more about making apps for Andorid ^^

  • Squigly

    I'll create a novelty game in which you can sling little colored puffy birds on green rounded farm animals, like, hum, cows, or pigs, yeah! pigs! and the little colored puffy birds will be mad, furious even, like, really angry birds.
    And who knows, if the game succeeds, maybe I'll make some other themes to the game, take them round the world, maybe even to space or even to a galaxy far far away.
    naaa, stupid idea. no one likes birds, let alone furious ones.

  • http://twitter.com/duanemck Duane McKibbin

    I'll read the book and use it in an upcoming session at my company on mobile development.

  • http://twitter.com/Sobrevela92 Edu Sobrevela

    Im looking forward to make a simple Android app this summer for me and some friends, this book would be helpful...

  • jasecs

    I finally starting to learn programming after dropping my degree. This will help me to progress better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.moore.140193 David Moore


  • http://www.facebook.com/dany.bouffard.35 Dany Bouffard

    With this I might go back to programming

  • http://www.GamersVue.com/ PogoWolf

    I'd use the book to augment my skills and produce cleaner, faster, more reliable apps that people will use!! (I hope.. hehe)

  • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

    cool! nothing better than adding a new skillset to the toolbox

  • http://www.facebook.com/d3FytH3m1Nd Jinghuang Lim

    right at the correct time! just picked up android programming in order to start on my final year in uni.. this would be the ideal prize! :D

  • ppero196

    I would use this book to improve my dev skills, and overall user expirience in my apps.

  • mbjhug

    I guess it's time to try my hand at app development.

  • http://www.techdroid.in/ TechDroid

    was planning to Start Developing a Android App.. & this Book will be the best thing to start with.. :)

  • http://about.me/zlateway ZlateWay

    I'll just make an app because I would love to have some app made by me while I'm still alive.

  • Marios Stylianou

    I wanna start Android development and this is great help!

  • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aleksandr-Ivanov/734916624 Aleksandr Ivanov

    I will read the book to find best practises and improve my apps.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wisefire935 Joshua Wise

    I'd make a app for the school district I work for, that would have schedules of each campus, latest news, and a list of staff members. Plus more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mina.fahmy1 Mina Fahmi Ghali

    i study engineering ! it would be great to have such a reference !

  • rmeden

    I've been meaning to learn Android programming

  • Hosam Arnous

    Is it better than "The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development" for new Android developer? I have found many people recommend "The Busy Coder’s Guide."

  • Alberto Giudice

    Very interesting book, hope I'll win it and learn how to make a new beautiful app :D

  • tre

    Happy COding

  • http://www.facebook.com/helioobianchi Helio Oliveira Bianchi

    I'm not gonna say what kind of app I'm gonna do because people may steal my idea ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/attila.ujjobbagy Ujjobbágy Attila

    it would be a good start to me :)

  • robertlwalters

    I will make an app that is useful to the community.

  • Michal

    That would be a nice thing to read.

  • mo1518

    I'd love to get in on this!

  • Michal

    I would use it to make my tablet really personal, maybe add some system tweaks or create some cool, new feature for S Pen.

  • emanuele boncimino

    Everyone has its app and now me too!

  • nick

    I have bee dabbling with app creation with simple guis but I want to take my apps to the next steps. Thanks!

  • Sxeptomaniac

    A little learnin' never hurt me none.

  • Joe Ewbank

    This would be a great addition to my company. We've got our first app out, but more know-how would be great.

  • David

    Going through this book with its examples will probably help me practice a better programming style in general.

    I'm a comp. science student who is interested in android development, so this book would be pretty handy.

  • Oscar Mark

    Awesome, I've always wanted to learn programming

    A: I would probably holo-ify a bunch of apps, then I would build a mock-up builder app.

  • BruceLee

    Nice. I've just started learning android programming so this could come in handy.

  • Marco Marcheselli

    Here I am :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenslyn Jeppe Rishede Thomsen

    always procrastinate on improving my coding skills. Having a book would certainly help motivate me!

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

    Thanks, I would love to win! I would love to read it and create some apps.

  • Joosep

    Seems like a very enjoyable book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JulianCamiloCuevasA Julian Cuevas

    I've been meaning to make an app drawer widget with some design ideas, but I still don't know exactly where to start.

  • hyperbolic

    I will finally make the app I want to make for 2 years now.

  • Wendell

    A very good book for those trying to learn hoe to develop for Android

  • David Bar

    I'll make a game that will use more of the feture that the phone have such as gps and more

  • Alexandre

    To truly understand the green robot core, you must read this book

  • Martin Ockovsky

    Great stuff, congratulations to future winner.

  • RonD45

    I really want to learn Android programing. Hope I win one of the copies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Manuel-Cruz-Reyes/1111884506 Victor Manuel Cruz Reyes

    Im just starting University, the book will be a really nice help when used for my personal projects.

  • http://twitter.com/jokesyn8 Jokesy

    I'll design a very clean app for android. Something I've always wanted to do

  • hvzf1zr

    i've been wanting to become an android developer but don't know how to start. this book will be a great starting point :)

  • pie36

    I will use it to learn java so i can code an app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohseninima Nima Mohseni

    It will help me make some cleaner looking apps and hone my skills. I am beginning programmer and this will do wonders.

  • Danielle Obmann

    I'm working on table top gaming suite I want to add Android integration to

  • Mithun

    cool :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajm.maldnodano Ajm Maldnodano

    i would use it to jump start my career in development since im teaching my self java

  • http://www.facebook.com/fkossyvas Fotios Kossyvas

    I would used for learning finally how to develop an app without having to read too many tutorials all around the web :-)

  • bramp

    Great giveaway guys! Always good to keep improving yourself

  • http://twitter.com/avineet Abhineet Sinha

    would make a good read!!

  • Kostas

    It will help me write an android app that I need for my thesis...

  • http://www.facebook.com/yukaa83 Jukka Tuomi

    I'd really like to learn Android programming. Sounds interesting.

  • Derick Leony

    This book will surely help me improve the app I'm working on, specially to make it compatible with as many Android versions as possible!

  • Marcos Amano

    Would be great to win this one. As a starter developer would be a great reading and surely good for me to practice and improve my skills!

  • Vašek Leflik

    I would use it to create some new camera app

  • Dror Mor

    I want to make an app for personal use.
    If it will turn out good enough, will release it for free :-)

  • http://twitter.com/stsdema28 Stavros Demarchos

    Interesting book! I am trying to learn Android programming so this book would be helpful...

  • Matze

    I would use the knowledge in this book to create any app at all... as it is supposed to be a complete introduction to Android programming, there is nothing yet to improve upon, but it hopefully is a good starter.

  • Mahmoud

    The best first step to become android programmer.

  • http://srinivasg.com/ Srinivas Gollapudi

    I, as a dedication to this book and the android community which has given me so much, would create a completely free and opensource app without advertisements, in-app purchases or any other BS. That will be my first app. The rest may be commercial! :P

  • MrStray

    Phonegap or native? This book might choose for me.

  • Foster Clinton

    I am trying to learn Android programming so this book would be helpful...


    i will learn android programming through this book

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.mcnair Chris McNair

    I would remake Startopia for Android

  • Prakhar Vyas

    I'll try making those c apps those I are generally paid and give them for free .. ..

  • Matthew Fry


  • Nicolo Orlando

    I would use the book to improve on my design skills within the Android OS. Def could use some work there!

  • Lars Callahan

    Just beginning to learn to code. This would be awesome in getting me a head start!!

  • sac23

    well i can make a app to help devs and non devs out sound mods ,adb , also would really help me out alot in understanding functions and ways apps work thanks

  • LookedPath

    Me and one friend of mine are developing an app and this book can really help us...
    We are really working hard for that...

  • http://www.facebook.com/PTFRaposo Pedro O Raposo

    Sounds interesting.

  • Greyhame

    This would be a great step towards lending my coding skills to android. Thanks!

  • Rafe

    This would be a great step towards lending my coding skills to android. Thanks!

  • Abdulrahman AK

    I. need this book. I hope I win

  • migan95

    This book would help to learn more about developing an app.

  • rap

    For my husband. He has several app ideas but hasn't done any Android programming.

  • James Jaya

    this book will tell me about new options that I haven't explored yet

  • http://playstationlifestyle.net/ Paulmichael Contreras

    I'll finally make the game I've wanted to on Android!

  • http://twitter.com/KilgoreSturgeon Kilgore Trout

    I would finally make some decent apps. when I get this book.

  • alvinn

    Yes please!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chaminga Chaminga Dissanayake

    I will read this book and be a android programmer.

  • Lucan

    The book is perfect for a beginner like me.

  • https://www.facebook.com/max.chen2 Max Chen

    Oh man, besides all the awesome device giveaways AndroidPolice does, I actually really want this one. I always wanted to build my own apps, and actually already have a booklet full of unique (hopefully) ideas. Not going to games, but lifestyle and utility apps that will make Android experience better :)

    I pretty good with VB (-A), Matlab and SQL...I dont know how much of that will carry over but I hope this book will help me with the transition!

  • http://twitter.com/IshanSirimanne Ishan Sirimanne

    I'm going to start my higher education in Software Engineering in one month time and I always wanted to learn android programming too. So it would become handy to always carry around a hand book based on such a subject I always loved to learn

  • http://www.tech-help.it/ Stefano Cirimele

    I would like to learn more about programming android!

  • Ben

    I'm a developer, but never got around to Android (but would very much like to).
    Hopefully this book could help show me the way to develop for Android.

  • http://twitter.com/MattS154 Matt S

    I'll combine it with my knowledge of C++ to create a new app... Dunno what it'll be yet :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/izena.rezonli Izena Rezonli

    Looking to learn how to automate the phone 'cos I'm lazy :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618886184 Andrea Falco

    I'm going to start developing Android Apps and this seems a good start point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001804147303 Franta Nesveda

    I'd like to learn Android developing, and this book seems to be a great guide for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1680934670 Anush Surendran

    Android is my passion !

    I would love making apps and this will help me with that :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pravaszestken Pravas Kumar

    I would like to customize the interface and be able to create one.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mformarcee Marcell Lévai

    I'm a starter at app-develpment so this book would come really handy :)

  • Bradley Ruiz

    I need it to make my code cleaner and secure

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.koon Ryan Koon

    I will create an app to remotely access my computer.

  • harpoonGill

    I know absolutely nothing. But man, do I wanna get started!

  • Avi Bar

    It'll help me build apps that will fit perfectly into any phone yhere is no mettar what the app will be

  • Bob Jansen

    That would be an usefull addition to my bookshelf, also EPUB?

  • Alexis

    I'm a dev, but I think it's good to read new methods of coding, well I would like one copy...

  • http://www.facebook.com/kip.proteau Kip Proteau

    I'm a programmer, and I'd love to have an into book on android development. Very nice to have a centralized source of information.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gc.coelho Guilherme Coelho

    Finally I will build my first Android app

  • Tiago Canto

    Wth this book i will improve my technical skills and build the best Google Play app

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodrigo.ferro.54 Rodrigo Ferro

    Fragments, Maps, Networking...those are some of the things I'm using right now and this book will teach me how to use them right.

  • Dominic

    Cool, maybe I can finally learn some android deving

  • http://www.facebook.com/parth.natu Parth Natu

    I'd like to build a virtual reality app

  • jalen venable

    I can finally be motivated to make an app. Who knows my app could be the next best thing!

  • ApocalypseX99

    I'd like to try to make something useful, but not sure what.

  • LachlanP

    With the information in this book I should be able to develop real apps...

  • Derek Arnesen

    I could really use this book

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjentan Chong Jen Tan

    Hopefully this book will help me put turn some of my apps ideas into reality.

  • Alexey B

    want ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=827893699 Geovanni West


  • http://www.rodya.com/ Roman Dyadichenko

    Having this book will allow me to create some cool apps for my Android smartphone.

  • perwez

    making tools and apps is my hobby and i need to be more sophisticated

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.everett.771 Justin Everett

    I have been wanting to learn coding for a while so it would be nice to win a book like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fr33d0m111 Derek Hung

    I'll build Skynet on Android =D

  • Mike

    I am looking to create an app that will help contractors plan out electrical layout for commercial buildings. It is a limited niche market but it will help a lot of electrical contractors.

  • erik

    I want to learn Android programming, so... :)

  • matteventu

    I'll learn how to use Java in Android and try to search some work... the mobile is the future, so why not about Android app programming? :)

  • Mikey510

    Just a college student attempting something new.

  • Alen Nik

    Learning something new..

  • pula

    I'll add improvements to my already pretty sweet app, Strobe Motion!