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Android Studio Application Development

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Belén Cruz Zapata

If you want to develop apps for the world’s most popular mobile platform, why not use the Google official IDE – Android Studio. Our highly practical tutorial shows you how, covering everything from installation to debugging.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783285273
Paperback110 pages

About This Book

  • Familiarize yourself with Android Studio IDE
  • Enhance the user interface for your app using the graphical editor feature
  • Explore the various features involved in developing an android app and implement them

Who This Book Is For

If you are a developer who wants to learn the key features of Android Studio, and learn how to create their first app, this book is ideal for you! Developers interested in this book should be familiar with the object- oriented programming paradigm, and the Java programming language. It is also recommended that you understand the main characteristics of the Android mobile system.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring Android Studio
Preparing for installation
Downloading Android Studio
Configuring the Android SDK
Summary
Chapter 2: Starting a Project
Creating a new project
Creating a custom launcher icon
Choosing your type of activity
Summary
Chapter 3: Navigating a Project
The project navigation panel
Project structure
Project settings
Summary
Chapter 4: Using the Code Editor
Editor settings
Code completion
Code generation
Navigating code
Useful actions
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: Google Play Services
How Google Play Services work
Services available
Adding Google Play Services to Android Studio
Google Maps Android API v2
Google+ Platform for Android
Google Play In-app Billing v3
Google Cloud Messaging
Summary
Chapter 7: Tools
Software Development Kit Manager
Android Virtual Device Manager
Generating Javadoc
Version control system
Summary
Chapter 8: Debugging
Running and debugging
LogCat
DDMS
Summary
Chapter 9: Preparing for Release
What is an APK file
Previous steps
Generating a signed APK
Summary
Chapter 10: Getting Help
Getting help from Android Studio
Android online documentation
Updates
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install Android Studio and configure the Android Software Development Kit
  • Create your first project and explore its structure
  • Improve your productivity while programming, by getting the best from the code editor
  • Design the user interface and learn how to handle user events
  • Integrate the Google Play Services into your app
  • Test your app using the emulator and learn how to manage the virtual devices
  • Run and debug your app
  • Monitor your app whilst it is running and improve its performance
  • Build your app for release

In Detail

Mobile apps have become extremely popular over the last few years and offer a great opportunity for developers. Android is now one of the most popular mobile systems in the world. The new Android Studio IDE has introduced a specialized development environment, welcomed by the emerging Android community, which is perfect for the development of apps.

"Android Studio Application Development" is a practical guide that will show you how to develop and build Android apps using this new, integrated development environment. Following a tutorial approach, this book will progress from the basics features up until the steps to build for release, using real world examples. This book is a must have for every Android app developer evangelist.

Our book explores the Android Studio development environment in-depth, taking you through the necessary steps to create an app, test it, and prepare it for release. First, you will learn how to use the code editor in order to increase your productivity, and to easily create the screens of your app. Then, this book will show you how to debug your app and examine its performance using the most important additional tools within Android Studio: Android SDK tools. We will also take a look at the existing Google Play Services and how they can be integrated into your app.

Finally, it is important for a developer to be able to search for any help they might need. This book provides a vast help section which covers online documentation, updates, and FAQs.

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