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Android Application Development: Programming with the Google by Rick Rogers, John Lombardo, Zigurd Mednieks, G. Blake Meike

By Rick Rogers, John Lombardo, Zigurd Mednieks, G. Blake Meike

This useful publication presents the techniques and code you want to boost software program with Android, the open-source platform for cellphones and cellular units that's producing enthusiasm around the undefined. in keeping with the Linux working method and built by way of Google and the Open Handset Alliance, Android has the capability to unite a fragmented cellular industry. Android program Development introduces this programming atmosphere, and gives you an entire case in point that demonstrates Android architectural positive aspects and APIs. With this ebook, you will:

* Get an entire creation to the Android programming atmosphere, structure, and tools
* construct a modular software, starting with a middle module that serves to release modules further in next chapters
* research the thoughts and structure of a particular function set, together with perspectives, maps, location-based companies, continual info garage, 2nd and 3D photos, media providers, telephony companies, and messaging
* Use ready-to-run instance code that implements each one feature
* Delve into complex issues, equivalent to safety, customized perspectives, functionality research, and internationalization

The publication is a traditional supplement to the prevailing Android documentation supplied via Google. no matter if you need to strengthen a advertisement software for cellular units, or simply are looking to create a cellular mashup for private use, Android program Development demonstrates how one can layout, construct, and try out purposes for the hot cellular market.

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URIs and Intents together allow Android to provide a very flexible user environment. Applications can be easily added, deleted, and substituted, and the loose coupling of intents and URIs keeps everything working together. Android Activity Lifecycle Android is designed around the unique requirements of mobile applications. In particular, Android recognizes that resources (memory and battery, for example) are limited on most mobile devices, and provides mechanisms to conserve those resources. The mechanisms are evident in the Android Activity Lifecycle, which defines the states or events that an activity goes through from the time it is created until it finishes running.

Eclipse will ask you to select a mirror site, and will then start the download. Windows (XP or Vista) The Eclipse download comes as a big ZIP file that you install by extracting the files to your favorite directory. For this book, we’ll assume that you extracted to C:/eclipse. Eclipse is now installed, but it will not show up in your Start menu of applications. exe and place it on your desktop, in your Start menu, or someplace else where you can easily find it. 2, which does not contain all the plug-ins needed for Android.

How This Book Is Organized This book is organized around the core example program introduced in Chapter 2. Later chapters illustrate development techniques by adding to the example through implementing modular extensions, where this is feasible. Some chapters (and the Appendix A) cover more advanced topics that are not required for many applications. Part I, gets you started with the basics you’ll need to write applications. Chapter 1, Getting to Know Android, explains Android’s place in the market and its basic architecture.

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