Learn Java for Android Development

Author: Jeff Friesen
Publisher: Apress, 2010
Pages: 656
ISBN: 978-1430231561
Aimed at: Budding Android programmers
Rating: 2
Pros: A useful Java refresher course
Cons: Little on Android or mobile apps
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

This sounds like an interesting idea for a book - but does it do what you might expect?

Author: Jeff Friesen
Publisher: Apress, 2010
Pages: 656
ISBN: 978-1430231561
Aimed at: Budding Android programmers
Rating: 2
Pros: A useful Java refresher course
Cons: Little on Android or mobile apps
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

This is another one of those great ideas for a book. A lot of people want to write Android apps, Android is generally programmed in Java so let's have a book on Java for all those potential Android programmers. That is what this book is all about. It is an introduction to Java so that you can write an Android program - only it isn't quite what it claims.

 

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The first problem with the book is that it jumps into Java and starts explaining it in great detail. Almost nothing is held back so  that you can learn the basics and progress on to the fine detail - it's all there in a strictly logical format. This makes is unsuitable for the beginner. It is even fairly unsuitable for any programmer who is unfamiliar with a modern object-oriented language such as C++ or C#. It is, however, a very reasonable way to present Java to a programmer who has let their Java get a little rusty. That is, if you know Java but just need to brush up your knowledge so that you can get on with programming Android then this book is a reasonable refresher course. However, you do need to be warned that even in this case the example programs are often long and there is a lot of listing of the obvious to use up some space.

A second, and for many potential readers, a bigger problem is that despite the title referring to Android there is very little reference to Android program development. So to be clear - this  is not a book about Android development but one about Java. You might forgive this oversight but there isn't even much attempt to tailor the books coverage of Java to suit the sorts of things that you might want to do in an Android App. It really is mostly just a book about Java.

Chapters 1 through 5 simply present the core Java language and object-oriented ideas. Chapters 6 through 10  extend the coverage to the core Java APIs - Maths, wrapper, references, reflection, strings, threads, collections, concurrency and localization. The final chapter deals with I/O without any mention of the particular problems the Android environment presents.

The conclusion has to be that this is a book that best serves as a refresher course for someone who already knows Java and it most definitely isn't about Android in any way. It isn't even a particularly good Java refresher course because the examples are over long and there is a lot of listing of things that can be found in the documentation just as easily.

 

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Beginning SQL Server 2012 for Developers

Author: Robin Dewson
Publisher: Apress, 2012
Pages: 696
ISBN: 978-1430237501
Aimed at: Developers wanting to learn SQL Server and T-SQL
Rating: 3
Pros: Fairly comprehensive coverage of T-SQL
Cons: Has quite a high percentage of non-developer topics and stops short of CLR
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank

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Android Apps with App Inventor

Author: Jörg H. Kloss
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Pages: 600
ISBN: 978-0321812704
Aimed at: Newcomers to App Inventor
Rating: 2
Pros: Includes a dozen projects
Cons: Not beginner-friendly
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

Do you need a book to learn how to use App Inventor?


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