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Mastering Android Application Development

By : Antonio Pachon
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Mastering Android Application Development

By: Antonio Pachon

Overview of this book

There are millions of Android apps out there for people to download – how do you make sure yours has the edge? It’s not always about innovation and ideas – the most successful apps are those that are able to satisfy customer demands – they’re the ones that look the best, the fastest, and the easiest and most intuitive to use. This book shows you how to create Android applications that do precisely that – it has been designed help you consider and answer those questions throughout the development process, so you can create applications that stand out against the crowd. Learn how to create exemplary UIs that contribute to a satisfying user experience through the lens of Material Design, and explore how to harness the range of features within the Android SDK to help you. Dive deeper into complex programming concepts and discover how to leverage concurrency and navigate memory management and image handling. You’ll also find further guidance on testing and debugging so you can guarantee that your application is reliable and robust for users. Beyond this you’ll find out how to extend your app and add greater functionality, including notifications, location services, adverts and app billing (essential if you want to properly monetize your creation!). To make sure you have confidence at every stage in the process, the book also shows you how to release your app to the Play store – to make sure your maximising your efforts to create a popular Android application!
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering Android Application Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Continuous integration

It is not our intention to explain how to build a continuous integration system because it's out of the scope of this book and it is not usually the job of an Android developer to set up the environment. However, you should be aware of what it is and how it works as it's directly related with Android.

A good suite of automated tests is always better combined with CI or a continuous integration solution. This solution will allow us to build and test our application every time there is a code change.

This is the way most companies with big projects work. If they have a team of developers, the code is usually shared in a repository, and they build a CI system connected to the repository. Every time a developer makes and commits a change to the repository, the collection of tests is executed, and if the result is successful, a new Android executable file (APK) is built.

This is done to minimize the risk of problems. In a big application, which takes years to be developed...