The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications With The Android Sdk by Ronan SchwarzThe Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications With The Android Sdk by Ronan Schwarz

The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications With The Android Sdk

byRonan Schwarz, Phil Dutson, James Steele

Paperback | June 30, 2013

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Do you want to get started building apps for Android, today’s number one mobile platform? Are you already building Android apps but want to get better at it? The Android Developer’s Cookbook, Second Edition, brings together all the expert guidance and code you’ll need.

This edition has been extensively updated to reflect the other Android 4.2.2 releases. You’ll find all-new chapters on advanced threading and UI development, in-app billing, push messages, and native development, plus new techniques for everything from accessing NFC hardware to using Google Cloud Messaging.

Proven modular recipes take you from the basics all the way to advanced services, helping you to make the most of the newest Android APIs and tools. The authors’ fully updated code samples are designed to serve as templates for your own projects and components. You’ll learn best-practice techniques for efficiently solving common problems and for avoiding pitfalls throughout the entire development lifecycle. Coverage includes

  • Organizing Android apps and integrating their activities
  • Working efficiently with services, receivers, and alerts
  • Managing threads, including advanced techniques using AsyncTasks and loaders
  • Building robust, intuitive user interfaces
  • Implementing advanced UI features, including Custom Views, animation, accessibility, and large screen support
  • Capturing, playing, and manipulating media
  • Interacting with SMS, websites, and social networks
  • Storing data via SQLite and other methods
  • Integrating in-app billing using Google Play services
  • Managing push messaging with C2DM
  • Leveraging new components and structures for native Android development
  • Efficiently testing and debugging with Android’s latest tools and techniques, including LINT code analysis


The Android Developer’s Cookbook, Second Edition, is all you need to jumpstart any Android project, and create high-value, feature-rich apps that sell.


Ronan “Zero” Schwarz, cofounder of OpenIntents, has built Android apps since 2007 and helped create SplashPlay and Droidspray–top Google Android Developer Challenge finalists.   Phil Dutson is lead eCommerce developer for ICON Health and Fitness. He wrote Sams Teach Yourself jQuery Mobile in 24 Hours.   James Steele, vice presiden...
Title:The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications With The Android SdkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.95 inPublished:June 30, 2013Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0321897536

ISBN - 13:9780321897534


Table of Contents

Preface          xxi

About the Authors          xxv


Chapter 1: Overview of Android         1

The Evolution of Android  1

The Dichotomy of Android  2

Devices Running Android  2

Hardware Differences on Android Devices  6

Features of Android  10

Android Development  11

Software Development Kit (SDK)  12

Google Play  16

Managing Reviews and Updates  19

Alternatives to Google Play  20


Chapter 2: Application Basics: Activities and Intents         21

Android Application Overview  21

Activity Lifecycle  31

Multiple Activities  36


Chapter 3: Threads, Services, Receivers, and Alerts         51

Threads  51

Messages between Threads: Handlers  58

Alerts  63

Services  69

Broadcast Receivers 82

App Widgets 85


Chapter 4: Advanced Threading Techniques         89

Loaders 89

AsyncTasks 91

Android Inter-Process Communication 94


Chapter 5: User Interface Layout         109

Resource Directories and General Attributes 109

Views and ViewGroups 112

Text Manipulation 124

Other Widgets: From Buttons to Seek Bars 130


Chapter 6: User Interface Events         145

Event Handlers and Event Listeners 145

Advanced User Interface Libraries 168


Chapter 7: Advanced User Interface Techniques         177

Android Custom View 177

Android Animation 183

Accessibility 189

Fragments 191


Chapter 8: Multimedia Techniques         199

Images  199

Audio  206

Video  217


Chapter 9: Hardware Interface          221

Camera  221

Other Sensors   227

Telephony  231

Bluetooth  236

Near Field Communication (NFC)  243

Universal Serial Bus (USB)  248


Chapter 10: Networking         251

Reacting to the Network State  251

Using SMS  255

Using Web Content  263

Social Networking  275


Chapter 11: Data Storage Methods         287

Shared Preferences   287

SQLite Database   297

Content Provider   306

File Saving and Loading   312


Chapter 12: Location-Based Services         315

Location Basics   315

Using Google Maps   325

Using the Little Fluffy Location Library  337


Chapter 13: In-App Billing         343

Google Play In-App Billing 343


Chapter 14: Push Messages          349

Google Cloud Messaging Setup 3  49

Sending and Receiving Push Messages   351

Receiving Messages   353

Sending Messages   356


Chapter 15: Android Native Development         361

Android Native Components   361


Chapter 16: Debugging         371

Android Test Projects  371

Eclipse Built-In Debug Tools  377

Android SDK Debug Tools  380

Android System Debug Tools  390


Appendix A: Using the OpenIntents Sensor Simulator         395

Setting Up the Sensor Simulator  395

Adding the Sensor Simulator to an Application  398


Appendix B: Using the Compatibility Pack         401

Android Support Packages  401

Adding the Support Library to a Project  408


Appendix C: Using a Continuous Integration System         409


Appendix D: Android OS Releases         411

Cupcake: Android OS 1.5, API Level 3, Released April 30, 2009     411

Donut: Android OS 1.6, API Level 4, Released September 15, 2009     411

Eclair: Android OS 2.0, API Level 5, Released October 26, 2009    412

Froyo: Android OS 2.2, API Level 8, Released May 20, 2010    412

Gingerbread: Android OS 2.3, API Level 9, Released December 6, 2010     412

Honeycomb: Android OS 3.0, API Level 11, Released February 22, 2011    413

Ice Cream Sandwich: Android OS 4.0, API Level 14,Released October 19, 2011    413

Jelly Bean: Android OS 4.1, API Level 16, Released July 9, 2012    414


Index         417