Android Studio Jellyfish Essentials - Java Edition (PragProg)

A comprehensive guide to developing Android apps using Android Studio and Java.

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Neil Smyth

Android Studio Jellyfish Essentials - Java Edition is a comprehensive guide to developing Android apps using Android Studio and Java.
This book is suitable for novice and experienced programmers and serves both as a learning tool and a reference guide you can return to as you progress through the Android app development learning process and start developing your own apps.

The book starts with the basics, explaining how to install and use Android Studio and AVD emulators before delving into the world of Android app development, from foundational techniques to advanced development topics.

This book teaches you how to develop Android-based applications using Android Studio and Java. Beginning with the basics, it outlines how to set up an Android development and testing environment, followed by an overview of areas such as tool windows, the code editor, and the Layout Editor tool. An introduction to Android’s architecture is followed by an in-depth look at the design of Android applications and user interfaces using the Android Studio environment.

Chapters also cover the Android Architecture Components, including view models, lifecycle management, Room database access, content providers, the Database Inspector, app navigation, live data, and data binding.

More advanced topics, such as intents, are also covered, as are touch screen handling, gesture recognition, and audio recording and playback.

The concepts of material design are also covered in detail, including the use of floating action buttons, Snackbars, tabbed interfaces, card views, navigation drawers, and collapsing toolbars.

Other key features of Android Studio and Android are also covered in detail, including the Layout Editor, the ConstraintLayout and ConstraintSet classes, MotionLayout Editor, view binding, constraint chains, barriers, and direct reply notifications.

Chapters also cover advanced features of Android Studio, such as App Links, Gradle build configuration, in-app billing, and submitting apps to the Google Play Developer Console.

This work was written and produced entirely by the author. We are proud to be distributing it.


Neil Smyth has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, including software development, project management, and marketing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and holds several certifications, including A+, Security+, Network+, Project+, Java Associate, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Neil is also a CIW Database Design Specialist.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Payload Media, Inc., a technical content publishing company. Neil is also a prolific author who has written several programming and system administration books under the “Essentials” range. Notable titles include Android Studio Development Essentials, Jetpack Compose Essentials, iOS App Development Essentials, and Ubuntu Essentials.


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