Android Application Development For Dummies (For Dummies by Donn Felker

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The thrill and pleasant advisor to making purposes at the Android platformThe acclaim for the Android industry is hovering without signal of slowing down. The open nature of the Android OS bargains programmers the liberty to entry the platform's features and this easy consultant walks you thru the stairs for growing remarkable Android purposes. Android programming specialist Donn Felker explains easy methods to obtain the SDK, get Eclipse up and operating, code Android functions, and put up your entire items to the Android marketplace. that includes pattern courses, this introductory ebook explores every thing from the straightforward fundamentals to extra complex points of the Android platform.Takes you soup via nuts of constructing purposes for the Android platformBegins with downloading the SDK, then explains how one can code Android purposes and put up tasks to the Android MarketWritten via Android guru Donn Felker, who breaks each point of constructing purposes for the Android platform into simply digestible piecesNo subject your point of programming event, Android program improvement For Dummies is a perfect consultant for purchasing began with constructing purposes for the Android platform.

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All this stuff is included for you to use, and it’s completely legal and free! ✓ Geolocation and social networking: Social networking is the “in” thing right now. Suppose you want to write an app that tweets your current location every 10 minutes throughout the day. You can, and it’s easy. Use Android’s location services and a third-party Twitter API (such as iTwitter), and you can do just that. ✓ Geolocation and gaming: Location-based gaming is gaining popularity. It’s a great way to really put your users into the game.

Just because one device has a fancy doohickey on it doesn’t mean that another device will. The only thing that you can count on as a developer is the core Android framework. OHA members may have added an extra library to help facilitate something on a device, but there’s no guarantee that this library will be available on another device in, say, Turkey or England. An exception occurs if you’re developing for a particular device, and only that device, such as an e-book reader. If that hardware has the sole function of reading books, you can program it for just such a purpose.

Press and hold a button, icon, or screen for an extended period of time, and a context menu appears. As a developer, you can create and manipulate context menus. You can allow users to use two fingers on an Android device instead of just one mouse cursor, for example. Keep in mind that fingers come in all sizes, however, and design your user interface accordingly. Make the buttons large enough, with enough spacing, so that even users with large fingers can interact with your apps easily. 15 16 Part I: The Nuts and Bolts of Android Views and widgets What the heck is a view?

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