You're already a web developer, master of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You have a great idea for an Android App, but your particular skill set doesn't help you create that app. Or does it? O'Reilly media just released a 176-page 2nd edition of "Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript" by Jonathan Stark and Brian Jepson that explains how to do just that.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Simmy
  • Daniel Harris
  • Geremy Hamlett
  • superkrrk
  • John Halbert

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.

Making Native Apps With Standards-Based Web Tools

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It’s true: if you know HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you already have the tools you need to develop Android applications. Now updated for HTML5, the second edition of this hands-on guide shows you how to use open source web standards to design and build apps that can be adapted for any Android device.

You’ll learn how to create an Android-friendly web app on the platform of your choice, and then use Adobe’s free PhoneGap framework to convert it to a native Android app. Discover why device-agnostic mobile apps are the wave of the future, and start building apps that offer greater flexibility and a much broader reach.

  • Convert a website into a web application, complete with progress indicators and other features
  • Add animation with JQTouch to make your web app look and feel like a native Android app
  • Make use of client-side data storage with apps that run when the Android device is offline
  • Use PhoneGap to hook into advanced Android features, including the accelerometer, geolocation, and alerts
  • Test and debug your app on the Web with real users, and submit the finished product to the Android Market

The book is available directly from O'Reilly for $23.99 for the eBook, $29.99 for a print copy, or $32.99 for both.

The Giveaway

Once again, we're keeping things simple. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. That's it. Make sure you use your real email address when you do - that's how we contact the winners. The five winners will be chosen at random one week from today at midnight, when the contest ends (that's Tuesday, February 14 at 11:59 P.M. PST), and will then be contacted by email. Finally, the contest is open to everyone in the world.

What are you waiting for? Head down to the comments and get your submission in!

[A small aside, unrelated to the terms of the giveaway: Tim O'Reilly - the CEO of O'Reilly media - is extremely interesting. While it will not impact your chances of winning in any way, shape, or form, I recently discovered his Google+ profile and find his posts absolutely fascinating. Check it out to see what I'm talking about.]