Book Review: Professional Android Application Development

It’s books like these that make me consider writing my own app for Android.  Since I have zero software development under my belt, I used to think I wouldn’t know where to go if I wanted to start.  That was until I got my hands on Reto Meier’s book, Professional Android Application Development.

The book reads very well and is written in a clear, easy-to-understand tone.  Designed for people like me, the book aims to save potential developers time and effort in creating their Android applications.  Although a lot of the stuff found in here can also be gathered online in message boards and forums, it’s very practical to have in one place. I can imagined seasoned developers would enjoy this book as well, as it has tons of code samples to use for guidance.

The book takes you through a journey of developing by use of a mock Earthquake application.  Throughout the book, various enhancements are made to the app using each chapter’s topics.  It reminds me of how you might follow a painting show on television.  By the time one is through the book, they should be able to put together a rather detailed app with quite a bit of features.  Although your finished product may differ from the artist’s, you still walk away with someone unique and creative.

With the whole book being packed full of explanations, background info, and examples, it’s hard to say what is truly the most helpful.  I guess it depends on where you are as a developer.  For someone starting out at the beginning, you might want to have the book in front of you at all times.  If you’ve got some experience in Java programming, maybe you just want to keep the book close by in the event you need a refresher.

Meier does a fantastic job of providing the tools needed to help create compelling Android apps.  With this platform being completely different from other smart operating systems, the book gives you more than enough in the way of maps and geo-location capabilities as well as other things like background processes and peer-to-peer communication.

Professional Android Application Development comes in with slightly under 400 pages of value.  I’d recommend this to both the person looking to start out from scratch with Android as well as the more experienced Android developer.  Reto’s book makes a great companion piece no matter where your skill set lies.  Should I ever get an itch to write for Android down the road, this will be one of the first tools I gather up.

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17 Comments

  1. Mike
    February 14, 05:22 Reply

    Bought one in already Amazon eheh, waiting for my friend’s arrival here at the Philippines this March!

  2. TareX
    February 14, 07:58 Reply

    Very. very nice. You know IF quality Android hardware is shown at the MWC, I may take my dream to write for Android seriously and get this book…

  3. Froogloid
    February 14, 10:44 Reply

    At Froogloid we absolutely love this book! And we’ve tried dang near every android development book out there! Although, there’s only a handful of android dev books in first place! Nonethless, this book is by far the best. And…. the best part is ….Reto is CONSTANTLY searching android development forums and is ready and willing to answer just about any question you have! In fact, he’s answered several of our outstanding development questions. As a way of saying thank you we’ve added a link Reto’s book on amazon. http://www.froogloid.com

  4. Tony S.
    February 14, 12:10 Reply

    Is this book updated to SDK 1.0, or 1.1?
    The publishing date is from november …

    O’Reilly has a really nice book to start development in Android.

    And for intermediate to advanced programmers, I recommend Mark Murphy’s The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development.

  5. Froogloid
    February 16, 22:31 Reply

    Reto’s book is based on 1.0 …. but 1.1 isn’t that much different. However…..0.9 and 1.0/1.1 are WAY different.

  6. Mircea
    September 17, 08:03 Reply

    Hi!

    I'm a developer at javabooks.org. We just went online two days ago, so we need lots of help with the reviews. We'll be happy if you'd like to post your review on our web page too.

    Thanks,
    Mircea

  7. Roman Kl
    August 05, 09:12 Reply

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  9. Contus
    August 20, 03:07 Reply

    The book was absolutely great and was much helpful. I am a developer at Contus and this book was a perfect guide for me regarding my work. Keep up the good work.

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