The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 7.1 Released

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 7.1, in all formats. Just log into your Warescription page and download away, or set up an account and subscribe!

In terms of content, this update:

  • Added a large chapter on the data binding framework

  • Added more samples of leaks, and a section on LeakCanary, to the chapter on memory leaks

  • Added a section on Volley to the chapter on Internet access

  • Added a new chapter on Android on the desktop

  • Repaired the material on Android 6.0’s automatic “backup” solution and got it working (with the assistance of an eagle-eyed reader!)

  • Moved all of the material that had been in the Android 6.0 appendix into more permanent locations in the main body of the book

  • Updated the chapter on BlackBerry to mention the Priv

  • Added material on path-traversal bugs to one of the chapters on ContentProvider

  • Lots of bug fixes and general improvements, particularly to older chapters

Also, I will be upgrading the APK edition of the book over the course of 2016, beyond the content itself. One immediate change: the minSdkVersion is now 15. Those of you reading the book using the APK edition on Android 2.x/3.x devices will need to switch to the PDF, EPUB, or MOBI/Kindle formats. That change should not affect too many people; for those it does affect, I apologize. Also, it is fairly likely that I will introduce a bug or two into the APK edition as the year goes on, and I would like to apologize in advance for anyone harmed by those bugs.

The next book update is tentatively scheduled for the latter half of March. Android Studio 2.0 will be on the docket, should it ship to the release channel in the next few weeks.

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