Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Review: Pro Android 2


The short review: the book is a well written how-to style book that works well as a primer on Android programming and a reference for later.

Unfortunately, I don't really like the Android app API.  Maybe it's the book's fault that I find the XML language verbose, and the layout features inferior to HTML/CSS and the component programming API something better than Java Swing, but nothing compared to what we can do with a good Javascript library like jQuery or even YUI.  This is why chapter 17 is the only really useful chapter for me.  The chapter on Titanium Mobile - bringing HTML/CSS/Javascript applications to native Android - may be useful in a future project.

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