Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner of Android Programming, you must take advantage of all the resources available for your education to fully master the required skills to be a developer.
No matter if it is with an oline course, a tutorial or a discussion forum, those are all great ideas to start learning about anything nowadays. Even so, making use of guides or books from experts is always a good way to learn or complement your knowledge.
A beginner’s book could be very useful in your way to become a professional android developer. That being said, we want to tell you about some of the best Android books to learn Android Programming in 2017.
First, you’ll need to learn about Java Programming language, as it is mainly used in Android development. Bestselling programming author Herb Schildt, will guide you from the basics of creating, compiling and running a java program.
Java: A beginner’s guide also includes more advanced features: multithreaded programming, generics, Swing or lambda expressions, for instance.
2. Learning Java by Building Android Games
This book is aimed at beginners as well, so you can get a solid grasp of the Java language and its foundation APIs. It is oriented to teach you Java by learning the process of game development. You’ll build 4 games for your phone and tablet: one educational math test, one memory alike game and two retro-style games.
3. Thinking in Java
An award-winning book and claimed as one of the most complete guides to learn about Java. This is both a theoretical and practical piece that teaches you the real meaning of “Thinking in Java”.
From the fundamentals of Java syntax and Objective Oriented Programming principles to its most advanced features, it will guide you, with many examples, one step at a time.
This book will introduced to Java Programming via Android, and will guide through the process of creating an Android app considering you an absolute beginner. You will learn by building three real-world app and over 40 mini apps to code and run.
Considered as one of the top books to learn Android programming is great on explaining basic Android concepts. Hello, Android also teaches you how to create animated user interfaces, add music and sound effects, build location-based services and more. You’ll be introduced to the Google Play Store as well.
6. Head First Android Development: A Brain-Friendly Guide
A visually-approaching book, perfect for those who are more likely to learn with images and memory tricks. This book teaches you about structure, design or database using cognitive science. Knowledge of Java is required, due they have another guide called Head First Java.
7. The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
We asked Adrián Catalán, GDE and Instructor of the Android App Development for beginners course, for one of his recommendations and he mentioned this one. This is considered by many developers as one of the best introductory books you can find about Android Programming, although you need to be familiar with Java.
This guide is based on an Android bootcamp course taught by experts developers from the Big Nerd Ranch, and it . will provide you good techniques for app development and it will clarify you key concepts and API´s on android.
8. The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development
This book covers the latest version of Android Studio and the latest version of Android Nougat. With more than 200 chapters, it will guide you from your beginnings to an advanced level, learning about techniques, development tools, user interface, database and more.
If you are an advanced developer and wish to know what you are really capable of, this option is for you. Android Programming: Pushing the Limits will teach you about best practices and how to create more intuitive and innovate apps. This is a great choice if you want to push the boundaries of Android programming, be more efficient and a better developer.
10. Professional Android
Another book recommended by Catalán was the newest edition of Professional Android which is expected to be released next june. This book will show you how to take the most out of the latest features of Android to create robust and compelling apps.
Through a series of projects, you’ll be introduced to new features of Android platform, gradually learning how to build real-world applications.
Certainly, reading a book is a great way to learn since many of them provide structure and a step-by-step guide on how to program for Android. However, it is true that books are more likely to become outdated according to the way technology advances today.
For this reason, enrolling in updated courses of Android can be a better option for beginners or advanced developers.
What do you think about these books? Have you heard about another important guide to learn android development for the first time?