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KTX: Views

KTX is a series of Kotlin extension functions for Android that first appeared in February 2018. They can simplify many repetitive tasks or those which require boilerplate code. However, they are not always easy to discover. I find it useful to periodically scan through the list here. I find this a good way of discovering… The post KTX: Views appeared...

AsyncLayoutInflater

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. This old adage is particularly true for apps. A bad first impression can often drive users to abandon an app before they have properly tried it. Slow app startup can certainly contribute to a poor first experience. But the Jetpack Startup library can… The post AsyncLayoutInflater appeared...

ShapedBottomNavigationView – Part 2

Sometimes we have designs which are not possible using the Framework or Material Components widgets as-is. While we can subclass those widgets to adapt them, there can sometimes be some hidden pitfalls along the way. In this article, we’ll examine such a case and see how careful use of the available tools can simplify our… The post ShapedBottomNavigationView...

ShapedBottomNavigationView – Part 1

Sometimes we have designs which are not possible using the Framework or Material Components widgets as-is. While we can subclass those widgets to adapt them, there can sometimes be some hidden pitfalls along the way. In this article, we’ll examine such a case and see how careful use of the available tools can simplify our… The post ShapedBottomNavigationView...

Material Motion: Shared Axis

The Material Design Components library is a really nice thing. It has some widgets which make implementing Material Design really easy. Back in February 2020 version 1.2.0-alpha05 introduced Material Transitions and Motion. In this series we’ll look at the different transitions, and explore how and, perhaps more importantly, when to use them. Overview...

Material Motion: Container Transform

The Material Design Components library is a really nice thing. It has some widgets which make implementing Material Design really easy. Back in February 2020 version 1.2.0-alpha05 introduced Material Transitions and Motion. In this series we’ll look at the different transitions, and explore how and, perhaps more importantly, when to use them. Overview...

Material Motion: Fade

The Material Design Components library is a really nice thing. It has some widgets which make implementing Material Design really easy. Back in February 2020 version 1.2.0-alpha05 introduced Material Transitions and Motion. In this series we’ll look at the different transitions, and explore how and, perhaps more importantly, when to use them. Overview...

Material Motion: Fade Through

The Material Design Components library is a really nice thing. It has some widgets which make implementing Material Design really easy. Back in February 2020 version 1.2.0-alpha05 introduced Material Transitions and Motion. In this series we’ll look at the different transitions, and explore how and, perhaps more importantly, when to use them. Overview...

Freelancing

I am a freelance Android Developer and I enjoy being one. But it would not suit everyone. In this non-technical post I’ll explain a bit about what that mean. I’ll also consider the good and the bad of what that entails. Let’s begin by defining precisely what I mean when using the term ‘freelancer’. I…The post Freelancing appeared first on Styling Android.

DataStore: Models

In Early September 2020 Google released the first Alpha of a new Jetpack library named DataStore. DataStore is a replacement for SharedPreferences. While there are some similarities to SharedPreferences, DataStore offers far greater flexibility. In this series of posts we’ll take a detailed look at this new library. We’ve looked at various aspects of...

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