Learning Android Application Development

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  • Get to know how to use popular open source libraries to reduce time to market and avoid re-inventing the wheel
  • Automate your application’s testing phase to avoid last minute crashes
  • Use dependency management to properly keep dependencies and updates under control
  • Efficiently show huge amounts of items in a list
  • Forget about memory and speed concerns
  • Publish and monetize your Android applications on Google Play
  • Persist your application data so it can continue working in offline mode
  • Don’t let the UX break because of network issues

The mobile app market is huge. But where do you start? And how you can deliver something that takes Google Play by storm? This guide is the perfect route into Android app development – while it’s easy for new apps to sink without a trace, we’ll give you the best chance of success with practical and actionable guidance that will unlock your creativity and help you put the principles of Android development into practice.

From the fundamentals and getting your project started to publishing your app to a huge market of potential customers, follow this guide to become a confident, creative and reliable mobile developer. Get to grips with new components in Android 7 such as RecyclerView, and find out how to take advantage of automated testing, and, of course, much, much more.

What are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time – or a better way – to get into Android app development.

  • Get started with Android development, from the installation of required tools to publishing to the market
  • Make your applications Android N ready—Android has evolved quite a lot since the very beginning and so has their Software Development Kit—so get up to speed
  • Save time and improve the quality of your applications with widely used open source libraries and dependency management
Page Count 320
Course Length 9 hours 36 minutes
ISBN 9781785286117
Date Of Publication 29 Aug 2016


Raimon Ràfols Montané

Raimon Ràfols Montané is a software engineer currently living in the Barcelona area. He has been working on mobile devices since their early stages, ranging from monochrome devices to the current smartphones. During this time, he has worked in several areas: B2C/B2E/B2B apps, portals, and mobile gaming. Due to this broad experience, he has expertise in many technologies and, especially in UI, build systems, and client-server communications.

He is currently working as an engineering manager at AXA Group Solutions in Barcelona, taking care of all the engineering and development processes, mobile application quality, and leading the R&D team. In the past, he has worked abroad for Imagination Technologies near London and for Service2Media in the Netherlands.

In his spare time, he enjoys taking part in hackathons, photography, and speaking at conferences. Raimon has won more than 40 international awards, including AngelHack Barcelona 2015, Facebook World Hack Barcelona. Also, he has secured the second place at JS1k 2016. He was the chairman of the Transforming Industries Summit at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, where he also spoke about Enterprise Transformation. In addition, he has given talks speaking about Android and Java performance, bytecode, custom views, and entrepreneurship in at several conferences around the world.

In addition, Raimon is the coauthor of Learning Android Application Development, also published by Packt, and he has been the technical reviewer of several other titles, including Mastering Android NDK and Android Things Projects, among others.

Laurence Dawson

Laurence Dawson is a software developer and an academic focused on mobile development.

He received a PhD in 2015 from Durham University, developing efficient parallel implementations of algorithms for GPUs using NVIDIA CUDA with an emphasis on metaheuristics and image processing.

Laurence currently runs his own mobile software development company and is also a guest lecturer at King's College London, teach software engineering modules.

You can follow his projects on his GitHub page at https://github.com/laurencedawson.