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Android Application Development Cookbook - Second Edition

by Rick Boyer Kyle Mew

Over 100 recipes to help you solve the most common problems faced by Android Developers today About This Book * Find the answers to your common Android programming problems, from set up to security, to help you deliver better applications, faster * Uncover the latest features of Android Marshmallow to make your applications stand out * Get up to speed with Android Studio 1.4 - the first Android Studio based on the IntelliJ IDE from JetBrains Who This Book Is For If you are new to Android development and want to take a hands-on approach to learning the framework, or if you are an experienced developer in need of clear working code to solve the many challenges in Android development, you can benefit from this book. Either way, this is a resource you'll want to keep at your desk for a quick reference to solve new problems as you tackle more challenging projects. What You Will Learn * Along with Marshmallow, get hands-on working with Google's new Android Studio IDE * Develop applications using the latest Android framework while maintaining backward-compatibility with the support library * Master Android programming best practices from the recipes * Create exciting and engaging applications using knowledge gained from recipes on graphics, animations, and multimedia * Work through succinct steps on specifics that will help you complete your project faster * Keep your app responsive (and prevent ANRs) with examples on the AsynchTask class * Utilize Google Speech Recognition APIs for your app. * Make use of Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) to create Push Notifications for your users * Get a better understanding of the Android framework through detailed explanations In Detail The Android OS has the largest installation base of any operating system in the world; there has never been a better time to learn Android development to write your own applications, or to make your own contributions to the open source community! This "cookbook" will make it easy for you to jump to a topic of interest and get what you need to implement the feature in your own application. If you are new to Android and learn best by "doing," then this book will provide many topics of interest. Starting with the basics of Android development, we move on to more advanced concepts, and we'll guide you through common tasks developers struggle to solve. The first few chapters cover the basics including Activities, Layouts, Widgets, and the Menu. From there, we cover fragments and data storage (including SQLite), device sensors, the camera, and GPS. Then we move on more advanced topics such as graphics and animation (including OpenGL), multi-threading with AsyncTask, and Internet functionality with Volley. We'll also demonstrate Google Maps and Google Cloud Messaging (also known as Push Notifications) using the Google API Library. Finally, we'll take a look at several online services designed especially for Android development. Take your application big-time with full Internet web services without having to become a server admin by leveraging the power of Backend as a Service (BaaS) providers. Style and approach This book progresses from the fundamentals of Android Development to more advanced concepts, with recipes to solve the most common problems faced by developers. This cookbook makes it easy to jump to specific topics of interest, where you'll find simple steps to implement the solution and get a clear explanation of how it works.

Billingsgate Shoal (Doc Adams Mysteries)

by Rick Boyer

Winner of the Edgar Award. Doc Adams becomes a self-styled investigator in this mystery, which leads him from a murder on Billingsgate Shoal to an arms-smuggling ring.

Take Back the Land

by Rick Boyer

"This is a book for young people. It was written because I believe young people are important and that they have a huge part in God's plan for the future of America and the Church. In fact, you are the future, and a big part of the present, too." - Rick Boyer, The Learning Parent God is calling you to greatness. No excuses. Be ready to answer the call. As a young person, you have the chance to impact the future in a positive, godly way. The question is: "Are you ready for the challenge?" If you're a believer in Jesus Christ, your calling is to change the world. All you need to get started is the desire to influence your country and church in a positive way. Home schooling and the strength of the Christian family is helping to produce the future leaders of our culture, those with the potential to lead decades of revival and national reformation. If you ignore the challenge, there is little hope for America. A lot depends on you. So, here is the challenge: Grow up. Now. Get busy. Take responsibility to change this world for God, because that's exactly what He expects you to do. Your life matters, and God wants to make your life great. It won't be easy, and reading this book, you may feel it's being a little tough on you. There are high expectations and little allowance for excuses. Life isn't easy, but strive to make it a worthy one. Pioneer missionary William Carey once said, "Attempt great things for God. Expect great things from God." "Take Back the Land is an important, landmark book for the homeschool movement. Written by homeschooling pioneer Rick Boyer, its message is aimed at the Joshua Generation whose special mission is nothing less than taking America back to its Christian roots. The author explains the meaning of this great mission and why he believes the Joshua Generation has been chosen by the Lord to carry it out." - Samuel Blumenfeld, columnist The New America "Take Back the Land is a call to young adults to get busy for the kingdom, to take the Word of God seriously and apply it in every area of life. Great exhortation to pray, seek wise counsel and act! Filled with ways that young adults can make an impact on the world that God created. Well done Mr. Boyer! Well done!" - Corey Cheney, Christian Home Educators of Colorado and Homeschool Update Magazine

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