Re: Recommendation for a good Android programming book?

Posted by =?win... on 21. May 2015

On 5/21/2015 7:59 PM, Stefan Ram wrote:




Knute Johnson writes:




Anybody got a recommendation for a good Android programming book based
on the current Android Studio?




Most Android books are alike, as if one author had copied the
structure from another author. For example, near the begining
you will learn that there are four types of components (activities,
broadcast receivers, and two others I now have forgotten) and
about the lifecycle of an activity (onCreate, onResume, onPause, ...).
You will learn about the structure of a file called IIRC
»AndroidManifest.XML«. There is not (yet) an outstanding work
that can be highly recommended (such as »Effective Java« by
Joshua Bloch or »Exceptional C++« by Herb Sutter).




I think that is oranges and apples.



There is a big difference between books teaching how to program X
and books teaching how to be better at programming X.




Newer books will also teach new APIs, like fragments. But to
learn the fundamentals, this is not required.



Another type of Android programming book is the »Android
programming cookbook« kind of book, there you will find
»recipes«, for example, how to take a picture using the cam.
These books might assume that the fundamentals are already know.
If you happen to need a certain »recipe« and you find this
in a certain cookbook, then this book is good for you,
even if you do not need the other recipes right now.



I checked out Android Studio. If you have no problems with software
that will connect to the internet and does stuff there that you
don't know about, it might be ok for you!



The build system of Android Studio is Gradle. I checked out Gradle.
In 2013 or 2014, I found that the Gradle DSL does not seem to
be well documented. See the repost below.



I wasted some time trying to understand and use Gradle.
And what works best for me now, is to just call the SDK myself!
No Ant, no gradle, no Eclipse, no AndroidStudio.
I just call javac, dex, aapt and jarsigner from a batch script.
I know what is going on, it's fast, and I can even do this
natively on an Android device using Terminal IDE (which,
however, does not work on Android 5 yet).




I would be tempted to do the same.



But that is not the norm in 2015.



And if you really want to learn to program X then you
need to learn the way it is done out in the world.



Arne


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