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Beginning Android Development

 
Don Leon
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Hello friends,

I'm beginning my programming journey and I want to learn how to program for Android. So far, I've found "Learn Java the Hard Way," "Programming by Doing," and "Head First Java" as ways to learn Java.

Looking for any recommendations. Also wondering if there is a more specific track to get me programming for Android sooner.

Thanks.

Happy new year to all!
 
Bora Sabrioglu
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Hi and welcome to the ranch!

I read HFJ... it's a good start for learning Java, entertaining... but keep in mind that it covers just the basics, it doesn't cover everything you need to know (like annotations, reflections, etc...).
You would have to continue your studies using other sources (like the oracle tutorials online for example, they're free and good, but not available in book form).

No clue about Android though, maybe there is some Android-specific literature out there that you may consult, that teaches you Java for Android.

Good luck!
 
Jesper de Jong
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Welcome to the Ranch.

Oracle's Java Tutorials are a good way to learn Java. There are a lot of tutorials there, from absolute beginner level to advanced topics. Not everything will be relevant for Android, but you do need to know at least the basics of the Java programming language to be able to program anything for Android.

The Android developer website contains a lot of information about Android, but you'll need to know Java first.
 
Don Leon
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Thanks Bora and Jesper for you advice.
 
fred rosenberger
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We do have a forum specifically devoted to android, too. You may want to look through it, and when you get that far, post questions there.

Note: I've tagged this post so it shows up there as well.
 
ibrahim yener
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Hello Don
I recommend you Reto Meier's Professional Android 4 Application Development.
This is really good book. Keep in mind that this book is not for Level 0
 
Steve Vittoria
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Hi Don,

If found this site to be a great resource to learning Android development. I like that they update their site as new versions of Android are released.
 
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