Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android Paperback – Import, 14 Jan 2014
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About the Author
Mark Reynolds is a software enthusiast who has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. He began his career with Electronic Data Systems, building and supporting systems for the manufacturing sector. Over the years, he has worked with companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 across a diverse set of industries including manufacturing, entertainment, financial services, government, and telecom. In 1993, Mark started a consulting practice focused on delivering training and mentoring services in the areas of software architecture, design, and implementation. With the rise of mobile computing, Mark has returned to what he loves the most, designing, developing, and delivering software solutions, now focusing in the mobile computing space. He continues his private consulting practice based in Allen, TX, where he also resides with his wife and son. Mark works as an independent consultant through his own private consulting practice (RSEG) based in Allen, TX, a community located north of Dallas. You can find out more about the services he offers from his website, rseg.net.
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This book also seems rather short. I have owned this book for only 24 hours, and I am already 43% through it. I am not a speed reader, and I have been doing plenty of other things as well. The first third of the book is devoted to "Getting Started". The writing style is easy to read, and looks reasonable, but so far I haven't seen much depth, and make leave you wanting for more.
The author walks you through the initial setup and quickly introduces you to the essentials necessary to walk through the demo app (Android manifest, layouts, Actions, Intents, etc.)
I picked up the Kindle version and the code formatting is great!
That said, I spotted at least a handful of coding errors which could cause newbie C# developers some issues if they are not used to debugging, particularly in a potentially unfamiliar IDE with their application running on a piece of external hardware. None of the errors in code were road-blockers, but it should be known. It should also be known that I only read the Kindle version. These mistakes might *not* be in the print version.
Again, overall, I am very satisfied with the content of this book, but I would only recommend it to comfortable C# developers who have never worked in Xamarin before.