Introduction to Java for Android Development

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In this video training, you first get answers to common questions you have when thinking about becoming a developer or programmer. You then download and install the software that makes writing code easier in order to run a simple app. From there, you dig into understanding the strange characters and words that make up that app before focusing on writing completely new code. With a familiarity of basic code, you focus on making the app interactive by listening to a button being pressed. Next, you look at customizing the app’s layout and learning programming techniques to write more complex code. Finally, everything comes together with the addition of saving and loading app data. This video training takes you from no programming experience at all to an understanding of the core parts of Java and Android application development.

Skill Level

• Beginner

What You Will Learn

• Install and run the software used to develop Android apps
• Read and write both Java and XML
• Learn object- oriented programming fundamentals
• Add interactivity to an app
• Use abstraction and inheritance to simplify and reuse code
• Create app layouts

Who Should Take This Course

• Anyone with an interest in learning Java or Android development, whether to simply tinker or start a new career

Course Requirements

• Basic computer knowledge (how to browse the web and install programs)
• Ability to draw at a preschool level
• No prior programming experience required

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1: Answering Common Questions
Everyone who is beginning to learn to program has a lot of questions, and this lesson addresses the most common ones.

Lesson 2: Diving in with Your First Android App
This lesson focuses on setting up your computer with the right software to make Android development easy.

Lesson 3: Starting to Code
In this lesson, it's time to jump right into the code and start seeing what's there, how it's organized, and how changes affect the app.

Lesson 4: Creating and Using a Class
One of Java's fundamental building blocks is the class, so it's covered in detail in Lesson 4.

Lesson 5: Using Strings and Logging
Strings are an important part of any program, and this lesson shows how to make use of them by logging progress within an app.

Lesson 6: Adding Android Interactivity
This lesson shows you how to add a button to the layout and respond to interactions with that button.

Lesson 7: Using Input to Create Objects
Using input from your users is one of the most common ways to drive the data within an app, so this lesson shows how to gather user input, handle errors, and even support other languages.

Lesson 8: Working with Abstraction and Collections
This lesson focuses on the powerful but complex concepts of abstraction and collections, breaking them down into easily understood sections.

Lesson 9: Building an Application Layout
Android's layout system is extremely powerful, so this lesson focuses on core pieces such as Fragment, LinearLayout, and RelativeLayout, as well as screen density.

Lesson 10: Developing the Application Data
This lesson shows how Java's powerful enum concept can be used as an alternative to multiple classes, and it then expands on that to show how to use enums to populate a RecyclerView.

Lesson 11: Updating the UI with User Data
This lesson continues with passing an enum between two different Activity instances and into a custom Fragment, and then using it to update the UI. It finishes with the ability to save and restore data.

About LiveLessons Video Training

The LiveLessons Video Training series publishes hundreds of hands-on, expert-led video tutorials covering a wide selection of technology topics designed to teach you the skills you need to succeed. This professional and personal technology video series features world-leading author instructors published by your trusted technology brands: Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, IBM Press, Pearson IT Certification, Prentice Hall, Sams, and Que. Topics include: IT Certification, Programming, Web Development, Mobile Development, Home and Office Technologies, Business and Management, and more. View all LiveLessons on InformIT at: http://www.informit/livelessons


Ian G. Clifton is a professional Android application developer, user experience advocate, and author. He has worked with many developers and designers and led Android teams since the early days of Android. He created the first version of many well known Android apps such as CNET News and CBS News and has since worked on many advanced apps such as Saga.

Ian's love of technology, art, and user experience has led him along a variety of paths. In addition to Android development, he has done platform, web, and desktop development. He served in the United States Air Force as a Satellite, Wideband, and Telemetry Systems Journeyman and has also created quite a bit of art with pencil, brush, and camera.

You can follow Ian G. Clifton on Twitter at and see his thoughts about mobile development, art, and the world at He published a video series called The Essentials of Android Application Development LiveLessons and wrote Android User Interface Design: Implementing Material Design for Developers.

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