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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience.
Based on Big Nerd Ranch's popular Android Bootcamp course, this guide will lead you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and up, including coverage of Lollipop and material design.
Write and run code every step of the way, creating apps that integrate with other Android apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.
The Android team is constantly improving and updating Android Studio and other tools. As a result, some of the instructions we provide in the book are no longer correct. You can find an addendum addressing breaking changes at:
1. Learning Android
2. The Necessary Tools
3. Your First Android Application
4. Android and Model-View-Controller
5. The Activity Lifecycle
6. Debugging Android Apps
7. Your Second Activity
8. Android SDK Versions and Compatibility
9. UIFragments and the Fragment Manager
10. Creating User Interfaces with Layouts and Widgets
11. Displaying Lists with RecyclerView
12. Using Fragment Arguments
13. Using ViewPager
15. The Toolbar
16. SQLite Databases
17. Implicit Intents
18. Taking Pictures with Intents
19. Two-Pane Master-Detail Interfaces
21. Audio Playback with SoundPool
22. Styles and Themes
23. XML Drawables
24. More About Intents and Tasks
25. HTTP & Background Tasks
26. Loopers, Handlers, and HandlerThread
28. Background Services
29. Broadcast Intents
30.Browsing the Web and WebView
31. Custom Views and Touch Events
32. Property Animation
33. Locations and Play Services
35. Material Design Topics