The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 3.5 Released

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 3.5. PDFs are available at the time of this writing, with EPUB and Kindle editions being generated now.

This version has initial coverage of Android 3.0 and the Honeycomb UI. In addition to ensuring that all samples work on Android 3.0, this book has a chapter on integrating with the action bar, plus various minor Honeycomb UI notes (e.g., changes in notifications). The next version of the book — tentatively scheduled for release in about a month — will cover the fragments engine for supporting multiple screen sizes.

This version also merges in some material from Android Beyond Java, notably the chapters on HTML5 and PhoneGap.

Beyond those major changes, this version:

  • Has a better version of the WeatherAPI sample, to be a bit less of an anti-pattern
  • Adds a bit more material on StrictMode and Internet access, on the use of permissions, and on <uses-feature>
  • Has two new examples of supporting newer APIs on older devices, demonstrating backwards-compatible use of StrictMode and the Honeycomb action bar
  • Has errata fixes, plus fresh and exciting new errata (most likely)

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

Want an expert opinion on your Android app architecture decisions? Perhaps Mark Murphy can help!