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Old November 6th, 2012, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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After much thought I want to start developing my own apps. From my research everything seems like all over the place where to start and stuff. A lot of posts and articles are outdated and I cant see to find answer to my question. I know Android apps rely heavily on java and some books i looked at said that this isn't a book for app development just for websites. The 1st question is, should i bother buying past versions of development books so I can catch up? Or should I get books that focus on the latest 4.0 version?. 2nd question is which books or websites train you that was most helpful for you guys? I was considering buying Professional Android 4 Application Development by Reto Meirer and Pro Android 4 by satya komatineni dave maclean, because I know they tutor you for the latest version. I bought the Lynda videos for app development, but I didn't like it it was too broad.

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Hey everyone,

After much thought I want to start developing my own apps. From my research everything seems like all over the place where to start and stuff. A lot of posts and articles are outdated and I cant see to find answer to my question. I know Android apps rely heavily on java and some books i looked at said that this isn't a book for app development just for websites. The 1st question is, should i bother buying past versions of development books so I can catch up? Or should I get books that focus on the latest 4.0 version?. 2nd question is which books or websites train you that was most helpful for you guys? I was considering buying Professional Android 4 Application Development by Reto Meirer and Pro Android 4 by satya komatineni dave maclean, because I know they tutor you for the latest version. I bought the Lynda videos for app development, but I didn't like it it was too broad.

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I started with Learning Java for Android Development, and Beginning Android 4 Development from Apress and I'm making pretty good progress considering i only bought my device 5 days ago.
I've also been checking out some videos from here but mostly on an as needed kind of base List of Videos for Android Application Development

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If you are new to Java, you may want to get an introductory book on Java, or try out some of the many tutorials on the web. As for Android itself, I started with "Beginning Android" and "Pro Android" from APress.

For me, I find that the best way to learn a new technology is to go through the first few chapters of a book like the ones mentioned above to get the basics, and then just start building a simple (but not trivial) app. When I run into something I can't do, I lookup that topic in the books I have, or search Stackoverflow or other online references for examples of how to do it. Over the course of a few months, you'll learn how to do most things.
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