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[REVIEW] Professional Android 4 Application Development – Reto Meier

Professional Android 4 Application Development

Professional Android 4 Application Development

I have just finished this wonderful technical book about android programming and I think that can be a good idea sharing personal my impressions with you.

In the past two years I have red some Italian books written by Massimo Carli, finding them useful for a base approach. Growing my thirst for knowledge I have encountered Reto‘s work that in my opinion offers a more complete and wider view about this powerful platform.

The book is structured in 19 chapters those present to you a deep overview on all platform features. The most important feature that I have found particularly interesting is the attention provided by the author in teaching step by step through examples. This is a very important point that many teachers and writers forget when they have to write a book because they think that’s better talking in a smoky enchanted way than educate easily and directly the readers.

The author during these chapters provide a full set of examples, related in most of case to an app that reports earth quakes, that grows in page by page involving features, concepts and abstractions like:

  • Intents, IntentFilters and Pending Intents
  • Activities, Services and Receivers
  • Maps and Geolocation
  • Threads and AsyncTasks

In just 21,84€, a very competitive price for the contents, you can purchase an ebook that’s too intuitive and expressive for new developers but at the same time for the more expert ones. I have personally bought my ebook on Amazon but if you prefer you can find it on other stores like Wrox or directly in Google Play.

See you next time, maybe with a tutorial 🙂

Simone

[REVIEW] I love my Kindle Touch

Kindle Touch

My Kindle Touch

Two weeks ago I have received my first Kindle Touch that I had pre-ordered on Amazon in the middle of the past month. I was so curious and so tired to use my laptop or phone to read books that I have used some of my savings to buy this new instrument.

It has immediately started to amaze me for its simplicity and elegance in the design but at the same time in reading. The ink touch screen is one of the best screen that allows readers to read as  on a real book but with some advantages those make this E-book read fantastic. These are the main features of the Kindle Touch version those increase the pleasure of read books and magazines:

  • Pinch to zoom to increase or decrease text sizes
  • Interline and font style choice
  • A fast way to add notes with a touch keyboard
  • A nice translator and extracts sharer
  • Fast scrolling between pages and chapters
  • Inner prototype browser
  • Mp3 player to relax your readings
  • Up to two months of battery (I hope :P)

I think that it’s a great device not only to read but also to write and to annotate your books. Many people say that it’s so uncomfortable and different reading on a pc or laptop but I’m sure that with a Kindle you’ll found a good compromise. I didn’t choose the basic Kindle version because on my books I usually put a lot of notes and highlits: for those reasons the touch version with touch keyboard is more useful.