Developing Android Applications with Java, Part 1
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: January 2010
Run time: 11 hours 24 minutes

Learn to build mobile applications for the exciting new Android platform. When you purchase this product, you'll get access to the videos, slide presentations, and code examples associated with the online course, Developing Android Applications with Java, Part 1. This product will get you up to speed on the basics of Android development, including the Android SDK and the Eclipse IDE. As you learn, you'll build a simple Android app from start to finish.

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    4.0

    Excellent introduction

    By Mike Breytenbach

    from Johannesburg, South Africa

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    Pros

    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Fast
    • Fun
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      Best Android video tutorial out there.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Videos for beginners!

      By Joni

      from TA, ISR

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      • Easy to understand
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        Great Videos for beginners

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good...

        By Xiao Pang

        from Great Britain

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

        • Not comprehensive enough

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate

        The course is good but could do with editing a bit, sometimes the instructor drifts off topic with a typo so we get a bit of fumbling eg "so we just do steps 1,2,3 err no we don't err do it a different way" it would be nicer if we deleted that kind of stuff and spent a little more time on some of the code that is copied & pasted, trying to do 11 hours of instruction and delivering it without some cutting & editing is optimistic, sometimes I have trouble remembering where we are or why exactly we are doing something, more charts showing how different modules are connecting would be good.
        Having said that it is still a very good course and in this format one does put in the hours, I have yet to find the online blog which would probably answer most of my questions.
        So overall its better than most offerings out there, the instructor does know his stuff and one will learn a great deal.

        (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good to get familiar with Android

        By chris

        from Edmonton, AB

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        Pros

        • Easy to understand

        Cons

        • Poor code design

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        • Novice

        You will get a good feel of things, but the class/object design the author uses is not something you should use within your own projects. I speak of the way tonnes of logic was jam packed into the custom Application class for dealing with the data. That just reeks of bad code design.

        There are also some violations to Google code style recommendations (getters/setters).

        On a positive note, there are a lot of Java/Eclipse tips that are really good for someone new to each of them.

        I know this sounds a little harsh, but I am just being honest. Despite the mentioned negative points I do think the videos will get you familiar with things.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Well worth the money to get started with

        By Kalechi

        from lees summit, mo

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          It was worth the money. I had paid the same for another class on a cross devices software that was shorter and less information. This did cover what I thought it would. Having a matching book would have been nice.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A great intro to Android development

          By Ajoy

          from Fremont, CA

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            I attended the course live and found the pace just right with a lot of bang packed into the 6 classes. The instructor is knowledgeable, and addresses students' questions well. It does seem a little pricey, though I know that a lot of effort has gone into producing the videos.

             
            5.0

            Best Android training!

            By JimW

            from Raleigh NC

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              Best Android development training I've seen. It's really cleared up some of the confusion I had from trying to develop based on the Android resources from the Google site.

               
              5.0

              Great on-line course

              By Commuter

              from Kingston, WA

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                This course was a great introduction to Android development. The project while basic, included useful real world features i.e. persistence, location based services, and versioning.

                Just enough depth to get started.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great intro to Android programming

                By metric152

                from lynnwood, wa

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                  The instructor gave great examples and showed the basics of what it's like to program on the phone. It touched on the basic things you're likely to do in a application, showed good file organization and good ways of getting around odd problems in the SDK. I would highly recommend this course to someone interested in android programming.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A perfect start for Android development

                  By Victor Caveda

                  from Spain

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                    One of the great things is the hands-on approach of this course, actually 80% of sessions duration is developing time which helps a lot to understand the Google SDK.

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