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Hi all,

I'm half way through chapter 2, and wondering what the hell is being explained.

I thought my previous VB knowledge would help me, but seems not.

Anyone else had the same problem?

T.
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Hi TeaDrinkingGeek
Well my experience with Java was limited to a class I had back in the mid 90's. The language has changed a lot, at least it seems to me. A Java book or some other reference is needed. I use the web a lot to search for answers to questions about Java and Android. VB is probability not the best background for this. You may need to learn some object oriented(OO) language. I have never used VB and the other Basics that I have used were not OO. There are other languages that can be used, but you have the wrong book for them. I have found Ivor Horton's "Beginning Java" 7 edition to be a good reference. (ISBN: 9780470404140).
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Hi all,

I'm half way through chapter 2, and wondering what the hell is being explained.

I thought my previous VB knowledge would help me, but seems not.

Anyone else had the same problem?

T.
Thanks TeaDrinkingGeek and Cliff 2310, I'm with you. Since Turbo Pascal days I have not caught up with proper programming since it was overtaken in my workplace by LabView.

I understand that Wei-Meng Lee is leaving a whole lot of stuff unexplained at least in early chapters to show us something that works but, like you, I would prefer to know what parts of the goobledygook I should try to understand. Having overcome my incomprehension of that xml stuff for layout and manifest, I still couldn't work out whether the rest was actually Java or something peculiar to Android. It doesn't look much like anything in my Java book (Mike McGrath: JAVA in Easy Steps, PC Extreme series). The naming and argument conventions are baffling with dots scattered everywhere.

I will watch this space for any snippets of insight you guys can supply.
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