Learning Android Application Programming for the Kindle Fire

Master Android™ App Development for Amazon’s Bestselling Kindle Fire™—Hands-On, Step-by-Step!

In this book, bestselling Android programming authors Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder teach you every skill and technique you need to write production-quality apps for Amazon Kindle Fire, the world’s hottest Android tablet. You’ll learn the very best way: by building a complete app from start to finish. Every chapter builds on what you’ve already learned, helping you construct, expand, and extend your working app as you move through the entire development lifecycle.

Packed with fully tested, reusable sample code, this book requires absolutely no previous Android or mobile development experience. If you’ve ever written any Java code, you can dive right in and get results fast. Darcey and Conder start with the absolute basics: installing Android development tools, structuring and configuring Kindle Fire apps, and applying crucial design principles associated with high-quality software. Next, building on this strong foundation, you’ll learn how to manage application resources and build application frameworks; integrate user interfaces, logic, and support for networking and web services; test your apps; and publish on the Amazon Appstore.

Coverage includes

  • Establishing an efficient development environment and setting up your first project
  • Mastering Android fundamentals and adapting them to the Kindle Fire
  • Building reusable prototypes that define a framework for production projects
  • Incorporating strings, graphics, styles, templates, and other app and system resources
  • Developing screens, from splash screens and main menus to settings and help
  • Displaying dialogs and collecting user input
  • Controlling app state, saving settings, and launching specific activities
  • Internationalizing Kindle Fire apps to reach wider markets
  • Setting application identity and permissions
  • Preparing your app for publication

Table of Contents
I. Kindle Fire Fundamentals
1. Getting Started with Kindle Fire
2. Mastering the Android Development Tools
3. Building Kindle Fire Applications
4. Managing Application Resources
5. Configuring the Android Manifest File
6. Designing an Application Framework

II. Building an Application Framework
7. Implementing an Animated Splash Screen
8. Implementing the Main Menu Screen
9. Developing the Help and Scores Screens
10. Collecting User Input
11. Using Dialogs to Collect User Input
12. Adding Application Logic
13. Adding Network Support
14. Exploring the Amazon Web Services SDK for Android

III. Publishing Your Kindle Fire Application
15. Managing Alternative and Localized Resources
16. Testing Kindle Fire Applications
17. Registering as an Amazon Application Developer
18. Publishing Applications on the Amazon Appstore

IV. Appendixes
A. Configuring Your Android Development Environment
B. Eclipse IDE Tips and Tricks
C. Supplementary Materials

Book Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032183397X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321833976
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