Omnibus v0.7 Released

Version 0.7 of the omnibus edition of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, as re-envisioned as part of The Big Book Reboot, is available to most subscribers. Those who subscribed after around noon Eastern Time on May 28th will start getting the Omnibus with the next update.

This release adds… well, not nearly as much as I would have wanted for that length of time, since the last update:

  • Six new tutorials

  • A largely rewritten chapter on AlarmManager

  • A mostly rewritten chapter on Notification, including using Notification.Builder and NotificationCompat.Builder

  • Pulling material on ordered and local broadcasts from The Busy Coder’s Guide to Advanced Android Development into the core chapters

  • Various bug fixes and minor tweaks

Here are the update plans from this point forward:

  • Version 0.8 should be out in 2-4 weeks, containing all remaining material from the other books, plus rewritten chapters on maps and testing, plus some brand-new material (e.g., device admin APIs)

  • Version 4.0 (to adopt the numbering from The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development) should be out two weeks after 0.8, with no modifications other than bug fixes

  • Monthly updates after that

The exception will be if Google releases an Android update in and around Google I|O (4.1, 5.0, Turbo System V, whatever). I may elect to try to weave in some of that coverage before christening Version 4.0.

If you encounter problems with the Omnibus or have other Omnibus-related feedback, please contact me at omnibus /at\ commonsware.com.


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