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The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 3.2 Released

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 3.2. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Improved Kindle support
  • Updated all examples (except a couple of early ones) to use android:onClick for Button widgets, to be in line with Android 1.6
  • Added a LinearLayout-as-percentage-style-box-model example
  • Added a Z-axis-ordering example to the RelativeLayout section
  • Added a CHOICE_MODE_MULTIPLE example to the ListView section
  • Significantly rewrote the “Fancy ListViews” chapter, including showing both manual or superclass-initiated row inflation, plus a simplified holder
  • Better samples in the chapter on menus
  • A whole bunch of minor fixes and errata repairs

Now, as this book “went to print” on Friday, a new arrival came to the Googleplex, signifying (I assume) a forthcoming Android OS and SDK release. So, there should be a Version 3.3 of this book coming out in the next 3-4 weeks, including updates for that new Android version, plus other improvements.

This is the first book update since the new Warescription site was launched. Those of you with Warescription accounts tied to your Google accounts may encounter problems logging in, claiming that you lack a Warescription. This happened on occasion before the new site cutover but appears to have increased since, perhaps due to an upgraded OpenID gem the Warescription site is using. If you log in, do not have a Warescription, but think you do, contact wares@commonsware.com for assistance. Please have patience, as I am traveling to London for Droidcon UK and some training, and so my responses to you may be somewhat delayed.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, complaints, etc. regarding the book, please join the cw-android Google Group and post there!


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