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Top 10 Books for Android App Development
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flakeyrearing 2020 February 26 13:19

Best for Java Experience Developers: Android Programming: A Guide to the Great Nerd Ranch

Big Nerd Ranch has built its reputation during weekly intensive programmer camps, and the company has accumulated this experience in several programming guides. Focusing on practical techniques and approaches, Android programming does not require prior experience in Android programming. However, it assumes a reasonable level of prior knowledge about Java, so it can fully concentrate on Android-specific elements.

The company also offers a Java programming guide for beginners in this field. Using Android Studio, the book explains concepts through a number of sample applications that have been expanded and improved in each chapter. The code is explained line by line, both in terms of what is happening and why it is approached in this particular way.

This is a large, detailed book, partly because of the many screenshots and code snippets used to explain each section. With a special focus on basic and medium concepts, if you're a Java programmer who is new to Android development, this Big Nerd Ranch guide is the best choice.

The best all-rounder: Android Studio 3.0 Development Essentials - Android 8 Edition

Neil Smyth Android Studio 3.0 Development Essentials is a great, comprehensive introduction to Android application development. Over 700 pages contain almost everything you need to know. From the programming environment through architecture and design, printing and database management to multimedia aspects and more - the book (fully updated for Android 8 and Android Studio 3) discusses all this in detail and provides a solid knowledge base on which to rely in the future.

The guide contains many examples and descriptions for those who already have at least some programming experience in Java. Particularly strong in configuring and using Android Studio, including configuring virtual test devices, it also includes such things as map implementation and uploading applications to the Play store, which are often poorly discussed in other guides. Overall, this is the perfect place for novice Android programmers.

Best for visual students: the first Android development: a brain-friendly guide

Head First has an unusual approach with its guides. By focusing on images and free language, rather than on dry, full-text volumes, the goal is to help readers learn, understand and retain new ideas on the wow essay topics. The development of Android by Android is no exception, full of diagrams, block diagrams and comments to strengthen what is discussed. Redundancy is a key part of the Head First approach, with key material being referenced many times in various ways to help sustain itself.

All these photos and repetitions make it a huge book - on over 900 pages it may seem intimidating at first glance and is meant to replace the entire class, not a quick guide. You need a good knowledge of Java, but you no longer have to be an expert. Lots of practical exercises and homework are set at the end of each chapter. These are key aspects of the guide's approach - you can rarely just simply read the material and move on.

If you are a visual student or otherwise struggling to preserve information when it is presented as a dense wall of text, Head First Android Development will be a welcome change of pace.

Best for a carefree approach: Android programming for gifted primates: a beginner's guide

Whether you consider yourself a talented primate or not, Android programming for Antoni Tsagaris for gifted primates is an interesting option. Often using a strong language and not afraid to express opinions, the author suggests his guide as an alternative to "dry, devoid of humor, full of life coding books [...] written by the machine." This relatively short and inexpensive book, aimed at beginners, requires only a basic level of experience with Java or a similar programming language.

Available in print or e-book, it guides the reader through the development of Android from absolute basics to the completion of the first application. Along the way, you'll learn how to set up the Android Studio development environment, create an interactive user interface using XML, get various Android components to communicate with each other, and more.

If it's easy to offend you, you can take a look at one of the other Android programming guides - but if not, it's a fun and useful place to start.

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