Beginning Android 4 Book Review

Book Title: Beginning Android 4 Application Development
Author: Wei-Meng Lee
Publisher: Wrox

Mobile application development is all around these days and Android is one of the famous platform for smartphones. This title introduce reader to android development and it’s for best fit for beginners. 

Just to share a bit background here , I have been working on .NET/C# platform for almost 5+ years and so I was new to android/java/eclipse.

This book serves as a great boost to newbie by providing step by step, clear, practical examples and in full color screenshots. So the flow and example helps a lot in contrast to reading android API details online. The high level outline contains following topics:

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started with Android Programming
  3. Activities, Fragments and Intents
  4. Getting to know the Android User Interface
  5. Designing your user interface with views
  6. Displaying Pictures and Menus with Views
  7. Data Persistence
  8. Content Providers
  9. Messaging
  10. Location-Based Services
  11. Networking
  12. Developing Android Services
  13. Publishing Android Applications
  14. Appendix: Using Eclipse for Android Development
  15. Appendix: Using the Android Emulator

I would like to highlight that appendices are really helpful for readers who are new to eclipse IDE and android emulator.

However if you have little experience of android previously then you might not find this book satisfy your thirst for advance topics. And I think that there must be a section of guidelines for new mobile application development, so things like battery utilization, network usage optimization etc. But the book covers most commonly used APIs.

Bottom line: If you are new to android world, this book is a good fit for you. Go buy it. If you have step through initial ladders in android development this book might not be best fit for you. 

I would like to thank wrox for sending me a complimentary copy on request.