Android Programming

Bill Phillips / Chris. Stewart / Kristin Marsicano  
Total pages
January 2017

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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience.


Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular Android Bootcamp, this guide will lead readers through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with Android 4.4 (KitKat) through Android 7.0 (Nougat).


Write and run code every step of the way, using Android Studio to create apps that integrate with other apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience needed to get started in Android development.


  • Teaches Android app development by developing actual, working apps
  • Suitable for any programmer who knows Java, whether they have previous experience with mobile development or not
  • Loaded with real-world sample code, Android 4.4 (KitKat) through Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • The material has been developed and classroom-tested at the Big Nerd Ranch

New to this Edition

This edition is updated for Android 7 (Nougat).

Table of Contents

 Learning Android

The Necessary Tools
1 Your First Android Application
2 Android and Model-View-Controller
3 The Activity Lifecycle
4 Debugging Android Apps
5 Your Second Activity
6 Android SDK Versions and Compatibility
7 UI Fragments and the Fragment Manager
8 Displaying Lists with RecyclerView
9 Creating User Interfaces with Layouts and Widgets
10 Using Fragment Arguments
11 Using ViewPager
12 Dialogs
13 The Toolbar
14 SQLite Databases
15 Implicit Intents
16 Taking Pictures with Intents
17 Two-Pane Master-Detail Interfaces
18 Localization
19 Accessibility
20 Data Binding and MVVM
21 Unit Testing and Audio Playback
22 Styles and Themes
23 XML Drawables
24 More About Intents and Tasks
25 HTTP and Background Tasks
26 Loopers, Handlers, and HandlerThread
27 Search
28 Background Services
29 Broadcast Intents
30 Browsing the Web and WebView
31 Custom Views and Touch Events
32 Property Animation
33 Locations and Play Services
34 Maps
35 Material Design


Bill Phillips is a fellow and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. He cowrote and taught the original Big Nerd Ranch Android Bootcamp, as well as the earlier editions of this book. Since then he has been teaching, writing blog posts, reading various kinds of literature, writing and playing music, and working on books.

Chris Stewart is the director of the Android team at Big Nerd Ranch, where he is also an Android Bootcamp instructor. He is dedicated to constant improvement and works to perfect his craft as much as possible. When not in front of a computer, Chris enjoys hiking and traveling.

Kristin Marsicano is an Android developer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. Always an educator at heart, she is passionate about learning, software development, and the intersection of the two. When she is not teaching or developing apps, you can find Kristin cooking for her growing family, doing yoga, or learning something new.