Having been in software development for 40+ years, this is about the
umpteenth operating system/language that I've had to learn, and I always
find it best to read about a new one to the point where I have a good
understanding of the terminology and how the pieces fit together. Once I
have that nailed, using the reference docs becomes a lot easier.
For that purpose, I would highly recommend Beginning Android 2 by some
guy named Mark Murphy who shows up in these forums on occasion :-). I'll
admit that I was initially a bit put off when looking at the table of
contents on Amazon because of the cutesy bad-pun section headings -- I
was not looking for Android for Dummies! However, I went ahead an
purchased it based on some other recommendations and have found it to be
exactly what I was looking for: a straightforward, logical presentation
of the basic features of the Android system, with concise sample code
examples to illustrate them.
This was certainly not enough for me to develop the somewhat complex
application that I have in mind, but it certainly sets me on the right
path to begin my design, and lets me know in what sections of the
reference material to look for more of the gory details. I'd definitely
recommend this book to any beginners, as it certainly answers a lot of
the basic questions that I see being asked here in this forum.
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