These are links to pages which contain useful information to help you to learn about the different topics that I discuss in my blog. If you have anymore links which you would like to share please ping me a message and I’ll add them too the list.
Hello, Android: Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform by Ed Burnette is a good start for anyone who wants to rapidly start learn programming the Android platform. The book assumes that the reader is familiar with the Java programming language, so if you have never touched Java before I would recommend either learning Java first or finding a book which teaches you Java along side Android development.
Personally I only read the first few chapters of the book which guides you through the basics of using Eclipse and the Android frameworks, the rest of the rest of the book is a good resource for more advanced topics of the platform.
Design & Presentations
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds is a fantastic book about creating, designing and delivering presentations. I recommend this book to anyone in a creative area. Developing and designing a presentation is not about sitting at a computer and fighting with PowerPoint, instead it is about working through a creative process, working out what you want to say, what could be left out, developing structure structure and design, all long before touching PowerPoint.
‘Death by PowerPoint’ is an unfortunate truth in the modern age, where we are subjected to dull, difficult to read and follow presentations. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery is a great resource to creating something memorable and special.
Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations by Garr Reynolds takes the concepts developed in ‘Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery’ a step further by looking at visual design. Zen teached simplicity, ironically simplicity can be one of the hardest things to achieve. Garr Reynolds talks you through visual design and looks at many of the different concepts that designers use every day, but are invisible to the untrained eye. I recommend this book to anyone undertaking any form of visual design.