Kick-start your Android programming career, or just have fun publishing apps to the Google Play marketplace
A first-principles introduction to Java, via Android, which means you’ll be able to start building your own applications from scratch
Learn by example and build three real-world apps and over 40 mini apps throughout the book
Android is the most popular OS in the world. There are millions of devices accessing tens of thousands of applications. It is many people’s entry point into the world of technology; it is an operating system for everyone. Despite this, the entry-fee to actually make Android applications is usually a computer science degree, or five years’ worth of Java experience.
Android Programming for Beginners will be your companion to create Android applications from scratch?whether you’re looking to start your programming career, make an application for work, be reintroduced to mobile development, or are just looking to program for fun. We will introduce you to all the fundamental concepts of programming in an Android context, from the Java basics to working with the Android API. All examples are created from within Android Studio, the official Android development environment that helps supercharge your application development process.
After this crash-course, we’ll dive deeper into Android programming and you’ll learn how to create applications with a professional-standard UI through fragments, make location-aware apps with Google Maps integration, and store your user’s data with SQLite. In addition, you’ll see how to make your apps multilingual, capture images from a device’s camera, and work with graphics, sound, and animations too.
By the end of this book, you’ll be ready to start building your own custom applications in Android and Java.
What you will learn
Master the fundamentals of coding Java for Android
Install and set up your Android development environment
Build functional user interfaces with the Android Studio visual designer
Add user interaction, data captures, sound, and animation to your apps
Manage your apps’ data using the built-in Android SQLite database
Find out about the design patterns used by professionals to make top-grade applications
Build, deploy, and publish real Android applications to the Google Play marketplace
Table of Contents
The First App
Java � First Contact
Exploring Android Studio
The Life and Times of an Android App
Coding in Java Part 1 � Variables, Decisions, and Loops
Coding in Java Part 2 � Methods
Everything’s a Class
Having a Dialogue with the User
Handling and Displaying Arrays of Data
Handling and Displaying Notes in Note To Self
Android Intent and Persistence
Sound FX and Supporting Different Versions of Android
Design Patterns, Fragments, and the Real World
Using Multiple Fragments
Paging and Swiping
Navigation Drawer and Where It’s Snap
Using SQLite Databases in Our Apps
Adding a Database to Where It’s Snap
Integrating Google Maps and GPS Locations
Upgrading SQLite � Adding Locations and Maps
Going Local � Hola!
Threads, Touches, Drawing, and a Simple Game
Before You Go