Learning Android
Getting Started with Activities, Layouts, Persistence, and RESTful Web Services
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2015
Run time: 5 hours 2 minutes

Ready to launch your dream app on Android? In this video course, Java consultant Ken Kousen walks you through the Android Studio wizard for creating new applications. You’ll learn the basics in developing for Android devices, and where to find the tools and technologies you need. The Android Developer website offers dashboards, version numbers, and market distributions. You’ll also find design guidelines, a review of available tutorials, and API docs.



With this video, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use the basic XML layout and Activity classes generated by Android Studio
  • Work with the default multi-project Gradle build files
  • Create and configure an emulator, using the AVD Manager
  • Increase functionality by changing themes and adding widgets
  • Understand Android’s activity lifecycle by charting callback methods associated with activities
  • Learn how to save and restore state variables in activities
  • Add alternative layouts by using qualifiers on the "res" directory
  • Learn about internal and external storage for managing persistent data
  • Use the SQLite database available to every Android application
  • Access a RESTful Web Service to deal with asynchronous tasks

Ken Kousen, president of Kousen IT, Inc., is a technical trainer, mentor, and consultant in all areas related to Java, specializing in Android, Spring, Hibernate/JPA, Groovy, Grails, and Gradle. He is the author of Making Java Groovy (Manning) and the O’Reilly video courses: Groovy Programming Fundamentals, Practical Groovy Programming, and Mastering Groovy Programming.

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5.0

Good overview of how to program in android

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    Comments about oreilly Learning Android:

    Ken is a thorough instructor. He has pleasant and professional demeanor. Will purchase more of his videos.

     
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    Fun and a good start for someone with programming experience

    By Karl Hungus

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    Comments about oreilly Learning Android:

    I am a long time C# developer with (some very old) Java experience. I was tasked with a few projects that involved re-writing some mobile Windows apps for Android and I decided on the Android development training track to get me up to speed. This set of videos is the first in that learning track.

    I very much enjoyed the instructor, Ken Kousen. He's a bit of a goofball, but definitely knows his stuff. The topics were a very good review for someone new to Android development, but to get the most out of it, you should have some experience with Java, C# or some other C-type syntax OO language. The interjection of tips related to Android Studio and other learning sources (including two very good books) really rounded out the training.

    My only real gripe is that I think that this set of videos and the next set (Practical Android) should have been combined. There is a lot of overlap and I think just going a little more in depth from the start would have been a better use of the time it takes to get through the training. Aside from that, this set of videos, along with the books Ken mentions within, gave me a good jump start to my projects.

     
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    awesome instructional

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      I love this instructional. It attempts to simplify Android studio. which is a feat on itself. I find it funny and humorous how sometimes. Ken gets annoyed or is baffled by how simple things are made more complicated than they ought to be in android. It's really funny. but the information taught here is gold. It's just android programming is really difficult. You can't just dive into android programming. You have to learn a bit about Java and know OOP concepts beforehand. So before you buy this. learn Java first get familiar with OOP because Android studio and Android programming is not for the faint of heart

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