By Jonathan Simon

Android units are stealing industry percentage from the iPhone with dramatic velocity, and you have got a killer app inspiration. the place to start? Head First Android Development may also help you get your first software up and operating very quickly with the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in. You'll how one can layout for units with various assorted display sizes and resolutions, in addition to getting to know middle programming and layout ideas that might make your app stand out.

Whether you're a pro iPhone developer who desires to leap into the the Android marketplace, or an individual with earlier programming abilities yet no cellular apps on your resume, this booklet bargains an entire studying adventure for growing attention-grabbing, top-selling Android applications.

You'll learn the way to:
* set up the Android SDK and Eclipse plug-in and start construction apps
* upload buttons, edit textual content fields, and construct your individual navigation ideas within the Android menu
* customise the glance of your app with theming and including picture assets
* Use Android's content material supplier mechanism so as to add photographs and speak to details to an app, and identify permissions for his or her use
* paintings with the Android devices' digicam, GPS, and accelerometer
* test with diverse Android emulator configurations to simulate diversified units with numerous monitor sizes
* Optimize, try, and distribute your program within the Android Market
we expect a while is just too worthwhile to waste being affected by new techniques. utilizing the newest learn in cognitive technology and studying concept to craft a multi-sensory studying event, Head First Android Development makes use of a visually wealthy layout designed for a way your mind works, no longer a text-heavy process that places you to sleep.

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The SDK includes a number of command line tools and it’s convenient to be able to launch them without having to type in complete paths. you are here 4 15 installing packages Install android packages The SDK is designed to allow you to work with multiple versions of Android in the same development environment. To keep downloads small, the SDK version packages are separated from the SDK. (This also allows you to update to new versions of Android without having to redownload the entire SDK. ) You can configure the installed packages in the SDK from the Android SDK and AVD Manager (another added bonus of the ADT).

Org/downloads After you download Eclipse, follow the installation instructions for your platform and launch Eclipse. When you launch Eclipse for the first time, you will be prompted to enter a workspace location; a directory where all of your Eclipse projects and settings will be stored. Feel free to use the default or enter your own. Enter your workspace location directory here. 12 Chapter 1 your first app Doanload and install the SDK The Android SDK contains the core tools needed to build and run Android apps.

A: The graphical editor just graphically displayed the contents of the XML text file. If you update the XML code, Android will keep the graphical editor in sync. 30 Chapter 1 Q: Can I use both the graphical editor and the text editor, or do I have to choose? A: Sure you can use both! If you make changes in the graphical editor and switch to the text view, you’ll see your changes. Likewise, if you make changes in the text and switch to the graphical view, you’ll see your changes there too! So` switch back and forth as much as you like!

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