Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android

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Learn
  • Build a multi-view Android application with navigation
  • Utilize the ActionBar for app actions
  • Create a simple JSON-based persistent service to save data locally on the device
  • Lay out content using the LinearLayout, RelativeLayout, and TableLayout layout managers
  • Use a ListView (AdapterView) and Adapter to build a view that is populated by dynamic data
  • Capture the current location of a device and determine the street address
  • Integrate with the map app to display a point of interest
  • Capture and save a photo
  • Test, debug, and deploy an Android app
About

Technology trends come and go, but few have generated the excitement, momentum, or long-term impact that mobile computing has. Mobile computing impacts people’s lives at work and at home on a daily basis. Many companies and individual developers are looking to become a part of the movement but are unsure how to best utilize their existing skills and assets. The Xamarin suite of products provides new opportunities to those who already have a significant investment in C# development skills and .NET code bases, and would like to enter into this new, exciting world.

This example-oriented guide provides a practical approach to quickly learning the fundamentals of Android app development using C# and Xamarin.Android. It will lead the readers through building an Android app step-by-step with steadily increasing complexity.

This book begins with an overview of the Android and Xamarin platforms to provide you with a solid understanding of the environment you will be working in. You will then be gradually walked through building and testing an Android app using C# and the Xamarin.Android product. You will learn the basics of interacting with some of the more interesting aspects of Android devices including location services, the camera, and maps. You will also be given the opportunity to work with three different layout managers to gain an understanding of the various options available for arranging controls and content. The book ends with a discussion on the final steps involved in preparing apps for deployment to the various Android app stores.

In a relatively short period of time, developers familiar with C# and rich client technologies such as WPF and Silverlight will be effectively developing, testing, and delivering Android apps.

Features
  • Gain an understanding of both the Android and Xamarin platforms
  • Build a working multi-view Android app incrementally throughout the book
  • Work with device capabilities such as location sensors and the camera
Page Count 168
Course Length 5 hours 2 minutes
ISBN 9781783559169
Date Of Publication 14 Jan 2014

Authors

Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds is a software enthusiast who has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. He began his career with Electronic Data Systems, building and supporting systems for the manufacturing sector. Over the years, Mark has worked with start-ups and Fortune 100 companies across a diverse set of industries. In 1993, he started a consulting practice that focused on delivering training and mentoring services in the areas of software architecture, design, and implementation. With the rise of mobile computing, he has focused his practice on designing, developing, and delivering mobile software solutions.

Mark recently published his first book, Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android, Packt Publishing. His private consulting practice is based in Allen, TX, USA, where he resides with his wife and son.