Saturday, October 29, 2016

Java Programming for Android Developers For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Java Programming for Android Developers For Dummies

Develop the next killer Android App using Java programming!
Android is everywhere! It runs more than half the smartphones in the U.S.—and Java makes it go. If you want to cash in on its popularity by learning to build Android apps with Java, all the easy-to-follow guidance you need to get started is at your fingertips. Inside, you'll learn the basics of Java and grasp how it works with Android; then, you'll go on to create your first real, working application. How cool is that?

The demand for Android apps isn't showing any signs of slowing, but if you're a mobile developer who wants to get in on the action, it's vital that you get the necessary Java background to be a success. With the help of Java Programming for Android Developers For Dummies, you'll quickly and painlessly discover the ins and outs of using Java to create groundbreaking Android apps—no prior knowledge or experience required!
  • Get the know-how to create an Android program from the ground up
  • Make sense of basic Java development concepts and techniques
  • Develop the skills to handle programming challenges
  • Find out how to debug your app
Don't sit back and watch other developers release apps that bring in the bucks! Everything you need to create that next killer Android app is just a page away!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beginning Android Programming with Android Studio 4th Edition

A hands-on introduction to the latest release of the Android OS and the easiest Android tools for developers

Beginning Android Programming with Android Studio

As the dominant mobile platform today, the Android OS is a powerful and flexible platform for mobile device. The new Android 7 release (New York Cheesecake) boasts significant new features and enhancements for both smartphone and tablet applications. This step-by-step resource takes a hands-on approach to teaching you how to create Android applications for the latest OS and the newest devices, including both smartphones and tablets.
  • Shows you how to install, get started with, and use Android Studio 2 - the simplest Android developer tool ever for beginners
  • Addresses how to display notifications, create rich user interfaces, and use activities and intents
  • Reviews mastering views and menus and managing data
  • Discusses working with SMS 
  • Looks at packaging and publishing applications to the Android market
Beginning Android Programming with Android Studio starts with the basics and goes on to provide you with everything you need to know to begin to successfully develop your own Android applications.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Android Studio: (About) 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know You Could Do

Java 8 Language Features on Android

With the help of the Jack toolchain, you’ll be able to cut out boilerplate code with the help of some Java 8 language features. Lambda expressions provide a compact way to express functional interfaces (interfaces with a single method) and method references allow you to use existing methods as lambda expressions - both features available back to API 9 (Gingerbread) devices!

Added in API 24 is the Stream API, default method implementations and static methods for interfaces, and repeatable annotations - you’ll have to be on an API 24 devices to take advantage of those features!

Check out the documentation for all the details:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Android High Performance Programming

Build fast and efficient Android apps that run as reliably as clockwork in a multi-device world

Android High Performance Programming

About This Book
  • Wide coverage of various topics that help in developing optimal applications
  • Explore the concepts of Advanced Native Coding in depth
  • A must-have for professional-standard Android developers for whom performance failures and the sloppy use of resources are simply unacceptable
Who This Book Is For
This book is aimed at developers with an advanced knowledge of Android and who want to test their skills and learn new techniques to increase the performance of their applications. We assume they are comfortable working with the entire Android SDK, and have been doing it for a few years. They need to be familiar with frameworks such as NDK to use native code, which is crucial for app performance

What You Will Learn
  • Create Android applications that squeeze the most from the limited resource capacity of devices
  • Swap code that isn't performing
  • Efficient memory management by identifying problems such as leaks
  • Reap the benefits of multithreaded and asynchronous programming
  • Maximize the security and encryption mechanisms natively provided by Android
  • Perform efficient network operations and techniques to retrieve data from servers
  • Master the NDK to write native code that can perform faster operations
In Detail
Performant applications are one of the key drivers of success in the mobile world. Users may abandon an app if it runs slowly. Learning how to build applications that balance speed and performance with functionality and UX can be a challenge; however, it's now more important than ever to get that balance right.

Android High Performance will start you thinking about how to wring the most from any hardware your app is installed on, so you can increase your reach and engagement. The book begins by providing an introduction to state–of-the-art Android techniques and the importance of performance in an Android application. Then, we will explain the Android SDK tools regularly used to debug and profile Android applications. We will also learn about some advanced topics such as building layouts, multithreading, networking, and security. Battery life is one of the biggest bottlenecks in applications; and this book will show typical examples of code that exhausts battery life, how to prevent this, and how to measure battery consumption from an application in every kind of situation to ensure your apps don't drain more than they should.

This book explains techniques for building optimized and efficient systems that do not drain the battery, cause memory leaks, or slow down with time.

Style and approach
The book follows a tutorial-based approach to take the reader from the basic fundamentals of debugging to advanced performance-improvement concepts.