Android Studio 2 Essentials - Second Edition

A fast-paced guide to get you up and running with Android application development using Android Studio 2

Android Studio 2 Essentials - Second Edition

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Book Details

ISBN 139781786467959
Paperback172 pages

Book Description

Android Studio 2, the official IDE for Android application development, dramatically improves your workflow by letting you quickly see changes running on your device or emulator. It gives developers a unique platform by making app builds and deployment faster.

This book will get you up and running with all the essential features of Android Studio 2 to optimize your development workflow.

Starting off with the basic installation and configuration of Android Studio 2, this book will help you build a new project by showing you how to create a custom launcher icon and guiding you to choose your project.

You will then gain an insight into the additional tools provided in Android Studio, namely the Software Development Kit (SDK) Manager, Android Virtual Device (AVD) Manager, and Javadoc. You’ll also see how to integrate Google Play Services in an Android project.

Finally, you’ll become familiar with the Help section in Android Studio, which will enable you to search for support you might require in different scenarios.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring Android Studio
Preparing for installation
Downloading Android Studio
Installing Android Studio
Running Android Studio for the first time
Configuring the Android SDK
Summary
Chapter 2: Starting a Project
Creating a new project
Customizing your activity
Summary
Chapter 3: Navigating a Project
The project navigation panel
The project structure
Project settings
Summary
Chapter 4: Using the Code Editor
Customizing editor settings
Code Completion
Code generation
Navigating code
Useful shortcuts
Summary
Chapter 5: Creating User Interfaces
The graphical editor
The text-based editor
Creating a new layout
Adding components
Supporting multiple screens
Changing the UI theme
Handling events
Summary
Chapter 6: Tools
Software Development Kit Manager
The AVD Manager
Generating Javadoc
Tasks and contexts
Version control systems
Summary
Chapter 7: Google Play Services
How Google Play services work
Available services
Adding Google Play services to Android Studio
Google Maps Android API
Google Places
Google Sign-In
Google+ Platform for Android
Google Play In-App Billing
Google Cloud Messaging
More sample apps
Summary
Chapter 8: Debugging
Running and debugging
Instant run
Android Device Monitor
Summary
Chapter 9: Preparing for Release
Understanding an APK file
Build types
Steps prior to releasing your app
Generating a signed APK
Sign automatically in release mode
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install Android Studio on your system and configure the Android Software Development Kit
  • Create your first project and explore its structure
  • Manage a project in Android Studio 2 with Gradle
  • Improve your productivity while programming by getting the best of the code editor
  • Design the user interface using layouts and see how to handle various user events
  • Integrate Google Play services into your project efficiently
  • Monitor your app while it's running and constantly improve its performance

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring Android Studio
Preparing for installation
Downloading Android Studio
Installing Android Studio
Running Android Studio for the first time
Configuring the Android SDK
Summary
Chapter 2: Starting a Project
Creating a new project
Customizing your activity
Summary
Chapter 3: Navigating a Project
The project navigation panel
The project structure
Project settings
Summary
Chapter 4: Using the Code Editor
Customizing editor settings
Code Completion
Code generation
Navigating code
Useful shortcuts
Summary
Chapter 5: Creating User Interfaces
The graphical editor
The text-based editor
Creating a new layout
Adding components
Supporting multiple screens
Changing the UI theme
Handling events
Summary
Chapter 6: Tools
Software Development Kit Manager
The AVD Manager
Generating Javadoc
Tasks and contexts
Version control systems
Summary
Chapter 7: Google Play Services
How Google Play services work
Available services
Adding Google Play services to Android Studio
Google Maps Android API
Google Places
Google Sign-In
Google+ Platform for Android
Google Play In-App Billing
Google Cloud Messaging
More sample apps
Summary
Chapter 8: Debugging
Running and debugging
Instant run
Android Device Monitor
Summary
Chapter 9: Preparing for Release
Understanding an APK file
Build types
Steps prior to releasing your app
Generating a signed APK
Sign automatically in release mode
Summary

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ISBN 139781786467959
Paperback172 pages
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