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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 2nd Edition


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  • Teaches Android app development using the Android Studio IDE
  • Suitable for any programmer who knows Java, whether they have previous experience with mobile development or not
  • Loaded with real-world sample code that's compatible with BOTH Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • The material has been developed and classroom-tested at the Big Nerd Ranch


  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-417145-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-417145-6

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.

Big Nerd Ranch specializes in developing and designing innovative applications for clients around the world. Our experts teach others through our books, bootcamps, and onsite training. Whether it's Android, iOS, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, Cocoa, Mac OS X, JavaScript, HTML5 or UX/UI, we've got you covered.

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:


Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Android Programming: The Activity Lifecycle

Sample Pages

Download the sample pages (includes Chapter 3 and Index)

Table of Contents

 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

14. Dialogs

15. The Toolbar

16. SQLite Databases

17. Implicit Intents

18. Taking Pictures with Intents

19. Two-Pane Master-Detail Interfaces

20. Assets

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

27. Search

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

34. Maps

35. Material Design Topics


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