Head First Android Development
A Brain-Friendly Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2015
Pages: 734

What will you learn from this book?

If you have an idea for a killer Android app, this book will help you build your first working application in a jiffy. You’ll learn hands-on how to structure your app, design interfaces, create a database, make your app work on various smartphones and tablets, and much more. It’s like having an experienced Android developer sitting right next to you! All you need is some Java know-how to get started.

Why does this book look so different?

Based on the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, Head First Android Development uses a visually rich format to engage your mind, rather than a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep. Why waste your time struggling with new concepts? This multi-sensory learning experience is designed for the way your brain really works.

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4.8

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  • Helpful examples (8)
  • Well-written (8)
  • Accurate (7)
  • Concise (7)

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4.0

Excellent with Caution

By Paladyn

from Everett, WA

About Me Developer

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Periodic Minor Errors

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Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

As I move from a beginner desktop Java developer to a beginner Android developer, I find this book extremely useful. Caution is needed since there are a few errors here and there. All solvable if the text is carefully read, so I imagine edition 2 will correct them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Book, absolutely faithful to what promises

By Mirko Longa

from Antofagasta, chile

About Me Designer, Developer

Pros

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  • Well-written

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Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

This book is very precise, clear, takes you step by step to the ultimate goal of developing for Android, must-read before opting for more complex books.

 
5.0

I love this serie

By Jean

from Longueuil, Qc, CA

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

    Excellent book in a excellent serie.

     
    5.0

    Kudos!

    By Darb

    from Anaheim, CA

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      Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

      Great book for getting started. The book breaks the basics down in very digestible examples and covers all the basics. Great job!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Android Book I have Ever Read!

      By SmiffyKmc

      from Cork, Ireland

      About Me Developer, Maker

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      Pros

      • Accurate
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      • Easy to understand
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      • Much Wow
      • Well-written

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      • I Want More

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      Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

      I just have to say this, This book is actually the best I have read so far! I have learned so much and the quality of the code with the easy learning approch to helping you learn really helps keep the content in your head. I'd give this book a 100/10 if I could! With my apps to come in the future I am referencing this book and the O'Reily team for people who actually wanna learn and get better at programming Android!

      Thank you guys!! *****

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great

      By Hesychia

      from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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      • Easy to understand
      • Fun
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        Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

        A great book to work with. It's easy to keep going hour after hour or to do shorter sessions, as there are natural stop points within the chapters. The design keeps you aware and thinking instead of scanning and not taking in what you read. Keep in mind that you do need an actual android device for the testing of some apps/activities. It does not cover map activities.

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        4.0

        Good book to start with!!

        By Sahil

        from Delhi,India

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          Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

          1.It is an awesome book for beginners.
          2.The examples are really great and concepts are explained in easy way!!
          3.The designing of pages is good and you do not get bored reading this book.
          4.The exercises are good but it should contain more exercises for practice ranging from easy to difficult!!overall it is a good book to start with...

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's a really good book.

          By Austen

          from University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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            Comments about oreilly Head First Android Development:

            (Disclosure: I received an examination copy of the published book, at my request. In receiving that copy O'Reilly made no implied or explicit condition on me writing a review, or on the content of that review if I did write one.)

            TLDR: it's a really good book, primarily targeted at those new to Android. It won't tell you everything (obviously) but you'll get a solid foundation and practice for developing Android apps.

            I am teaching a new course on mobile applications and computing to final year students, those doing a BSc with Honours in Computer Science, and those doing a BEng with Honours in Software Engineering. All students have a good background in Java and related and complementary topics. All of the Software Engineering students have spent at least two summers working in industry as interns. I know that a small number of the students already develop Android, iOS, Blackberry (really!?) and WinPhone (...) apps in their own time.

            I have bought and read through several books on Android development over the last year, both books from the more academic publishers and books from publishers targeting the professional reader. I find the Head First books to be distinctive for the format they use: the closest thing you can get to multi-media on a static page. It's clear that the authors of this book (neither of whom I know personally or professionally) have thought very carefully about what material to present, how to break down and organise that material, and how to structure it in a way that helps people to learn (which can be very different to thinking about how to structure and present information on a topic, like a reference book).

            Android's 'way of doing things' (e.g. activities, the activity lifecycle, the activity manager, the back stack, fragments and their own life cycles, bundles, intents, the support libraries, Android as a variant of Java etc) can be complex and challenging to understand, and I have been thinking through both what learners should learn, but also the order in which things should be taught on this subject. The Head First Android Development (HFAD) book presents the material coherently and clearly, in a variety of ways that encourages engagement and learning, and that orders the material in a way the actively supports the reader grasp the material. Android is developing quickly and so for me it's great too that the book is up-to-date on the Android versions.

            Sure there are things that are not covered in the book, but these things are (on the whole) more advanced topics and their absence from this book is not a weakness of the book, but instead an indication of the size and complexity of Android. That's why I have given the book 5 stars. There is however one thing I would have appreciated more material on: the role of the Android support libraries. In one sense that's a more advanced topic and yet people new to Android would likely look at existing applications that have been published and will therefore encounter these version/legacy issues. Some material in the HFAD book might help people make sense of these 'legacy issues'.

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