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4.4 How this book is organized

This book is organized in six parts:

  1. The Agile Android Toolbox
  2. Automation 101
  3. Agile Software Project Management
  4. Lean Android
  5. Scaling
  6. Advanced Topics

In Part 1, we set up and present the tools I propose to fill your Agile Android developer toolbox. By the end of Part 1, you will have set up a development environment that will help you build our example application. In Part 2, building upon what we’ve learned in the previous chapters, I teach you how to optimize your development process by automating tedious or repetitive tasks, so we can concentrate on tasks with added value in building our final app. Then, in Part 3, we look at software management using Agile tools and methodology. We also talk about subjects like behavior-driven development (BDD) and TDD to help us document our code and designs. In Part 4, we locate and eliminate sources of waste. We follow some theories provided by the Lean Startup movement and learn how to implement an effective feedback loop (Build-Measure-Learn loop) for Android software projects. In Part 5, I show you how to use cloud computing to your advantage and scale your builds and tests to multiple environments. Finally, in Part 6, I talk about more advanced topics, such as marketing for your apps, publishing, and monetization tips and techniques.

In the appendix, I present less technical subjects that are usefull but not at the core of Agile Android software development. I present the techniques I use to monitor the evolution of the market, so I am alerted when new trends or opportunities surface. I also present how to select tools among equivalent alternatives.

I hope you enjoy the ride!

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