Issue #163

July 26th, 2015

Articles & Tutorials

link image   Drag and Swipe with RecyclerView (

This article will expand on the previous article, adding support for grid layouts, “handle” initiated drags, indicating the selected view, and custom swipe animations.

Prism Fundamentals – Part 2 (

Mark Allison continues with his series on Prism – an all-new dynamic theming library for Android.

link image   Squeezing your Gradle builds (

Saúl Molinero shares some great Gradle tips and tricks.

Dude, Where's My char[]? (

When Android M preview 2 was released, there were reports of LeakCanary crashing when parsing heap dumps. LeakCanary reached into the char array of a String object to read a thread name, but in Android M that char array wasn't there anymore!

Glide – How Yelp’s Android App Loads Images (

Engineers at Yelp explored several solutions to the problem of downloading and handling several images in parallel, and ultimately decided that Glide provided a great combination of performance, ease of use, and a robust feature set.

My verdict for unit testing on Android (

Matthias Käppler's verdict for unit testing on Android: it's 2015, and it's still somewhat broken. Perhaps not as broken as it used to be, but still broken in some really fundamental ways.

Overview of the Android Design Support Library (

Paul Trebilcox-Ruiz gives a visual overview of the controls provided by the Design Support library.

How to test a watch face? (

Chiu-Ki Chan created an Android Wear watch face that shows the time with a different cat depending on how many steps you walked that day. How do you test something like that?

InstaMaterial meets Design Support Library (

In this post the author updates his InstaMaterial source code from custom views implementatations to those provided by Google's Material support library.

Making a TDD-based HackerNews client for Android (

This post (and the ones that will likely follow it) share a little bit about some of the techniques used to follow a TDD-based workflow for developing a Hacker News client application.

Android Databinding: Goodbye Presenter, hello ViewModel! (

The author illustrates the change from MVP to MVVM via Google's new Data Binding support, using Hannes Dorfmann’s illustration from the introduction of his Ted Mosby framework



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link image   Make the right FAB (

After some analysis on the FABs in some apps using the latest L release, UX GDE Taylor Ling is surprised to find the huge inconsistence in the implementation of FAB, even in Google's apps.



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Libraries & Code

Dart (

In Dart 2.0, the team added new module is called Henson, which is an annotation processor that helps you navigate between activities.

Retroauth (

Android library build on top of retrofit, for simple handling of authenticated requests



link image   Lighting the way with BLE beacons (

Google is expanding the range of use cases for beacon technology by publishing a new and open format for BLE beacons that anyone can use: Eddystone. Eddystone is robust and extensible: It supports multiple frame types for different use cases, and it supports versioning to make introducing new functionality easier

Connect With the World Around You Through Nearby APIs (

Nearby provides a proximity API, Nearby Messages, for iOS and Android devices to discover and communicate with each other, as well as with beacons.



Smartphone Test Farm (

Control and manage real Smartphone devices from your browser.



Android Dialogs: Richa Khandelwal (

While in Mountain View, Chiu-Ki takes some time to talk to Richa Khandelwal, Senior Software Engineer at Coursera, about Android and VIPER.



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