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Top 10 Mobile Application Development Books 2016

Enterprises today are rapidly increasing their investment in mobile application development.  According to research giant Gartner, by 2020 more than 75 percent of enterprises will have adopted at least one platform to accelerate their digital business transformation strategies, up from 33 percent in 2015. So now is the time to build out your library of resources.

When searching for mobile application development books on Amazon, there are over 3,000 results. However, the highest rated and most reviewed mobile application development books provide information surrounding programming that is understandable and functional. Developers can utilize these books to transform their ideas into successful mobile applications.

Below is our list of the Top 10 Mobile Application Development books:

1. Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, 2nd Edition by Steve McConnell

With four and a half stars and over 280 Amazon reviews, Steve McConell’s handbook draws upon a wide variety of sources to provide the most effective techniques and methods of programming. This book does not discriminate according to programming background and can benefit readers ranging from a beginner level to professional developers.

“Capturing the body of knowledge available from research, academia, and everyday commercial practice, McConnell synthesizes the most effective techniques and must-know principles into clear, pragmatic guidance”

2. Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual, 1st Edition by John Sonmez

Although coding is a large part of software development, John Sonmez’s Soft Skills represents a well-rounded approach to addressing various aspects of life that are essential to the success of a technology professional. As a life coach and teacher himself, Sonmez offers advice on both career development and life fulfillment.

“The software developer’s life manual is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important “soft” topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint.”

3. Mobile App Development with HTML5

Are you looking to create mobile apps that work across multiple platforms? If so, this book has you covered! Get ready to use PhoneGap to leverage your already existing HTML, Javascript and CSS skills in order to create and deploy cross-platform mobile apps. This book will comprehensively cover HTML5 mobile app development from top to bottom.

“Code along with master instructor Mark Lassoff as he walks you through everything you need to know about mobile app development with HTML5. Through dozens of code examples and multiple labs designed to reinforce your new skills.”

4. Beginning Hybrid Mobile Application Development by Mahesh Panhale

With over 12 years of experience in technology development and consulting, Mahesh Panhale writes as a knowledgeable instructor of mobile application development. Panhale targets consumer’s desire for hybrid mobile applications by providing programmers with information surrounding hybrid development, mechanisms and various platforms.

“Beginning Hybrid Mobile Application Development by Panhale can help each entity involved in mobile application development. HMAD can give larger audience for many web applications by making it available as mobile application.”

5. Mobile Apps Made Simple: The Ultimate Guide to Quickly Creating, Designing and Utilizing Mobile Apps for Your Business, 2nd Edition by Jonathan McCallister

Unlike other authors who focus on specific programming platforms such as Android or iOS, Jonathan McCallister’s 2014 Mobile Apps Made Simple takes a comprehensive approach to providing information on mobile programming development. Mobile Apps Made Simple encourages readers to take a step back and consider the end goals of their application and provides instruction on how to fulfill these goals.

“By the end of this book, you will understand all the steps that are necessary to go from having that “big idea” to making an app that can actually affect your life, as well as the lives of millions of other people. This book breaks down the process of app creation into a simple process that just about anyone can understand and follow.”

6. Xamarin Mobile Application Development: Cross-Platform C# and Xamarin.Forms Fundamentals by Daniel Hermes

This book is well fitted for developers with a background in programming who aim to further progress their skills. According to fellow author Garry Whittaker’s review of Daniel Hermes’ 2015 Xamarin Mobile Application Development, this book provides “an excellent introduction into the world of Xamarina and covers both the traditional Xmarin Android and IOS approaches along with increasingly popular Xamarin.Forms.”

“This comprehensive recipe and reference book addresses one of the most important and vexing problems in the software industry today: How do we effectively design and develop cross-platform mobile applications?”

7. PeopleSoft People Tools: Mobile Applications Development by Jim Marion and Sarah Marion

In this Oracle Press guide, Jim and Sarah Marion address current methods of Peoplesoft development in addition to providing explanations surrounding the general process of mobile application design. Jim and Sarah Marion’s extensive professional experience in writing and technology results in a well organized and enlightened approach to application development.

“PeopleSoft PeopleTools: Mobile Applications Development fully explains the latest programming methods and features detailed examples and ready-to-use code samples.”

8. iOS 9 Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, 7th Edition by John Ray

John Ray’s 2016 teach yourself guide walks readers through an incremental process of learning iOS application development. With 24 hour-long lessons, this book provides readers with a nonthreatening approach to learning about mobile application development.

“Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll master every skill and technology you need, from setting up your iOS development environment to building great user interfaces, sensing motion to writing multitasking applications!”

9. Android Application Development Cookbook- Second Edition by Rick Boyer and Kyle Mew

Rick Boyer and Kyle Mew’s 2016 Development Cookbook caters to the needs of both beginners and experienced Android developers. In addition to providing information surrounding application development and best practices, the authors address many challenges and problems that developers often face during the process of creating applications.

“Find the answers to your common Android programming problems, from set up to security, to help you deliver better applications, faster”

10. Android Programming in a Day: The Power Guide for Beginners in Android App Programming by Sam Key

Released in February of 2015, Sam Key’s final edition guide empowers beginners to develop Android applications with efficiency and ease. With over 220 costumer reviews, Key’s guide holds a four star rating. Android Programming in a Day provides a great introduction into the realm of Android application development and allows developers to transform their ideas into applications.

“ This book is for anyone who wants and needs to learn to develop and Android App. Develop an app right from the start! Easy, fast and no technical jargon! Book is written for dummies!”

Doug Atkinson

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