How to Use Loaders in Android

In this post, we’re going to learn about loaders as well as content providers. Loaders allow us to load vast amounts of data asynchronously so we don’t bog down the main UI thread. We can get this data from querying databases using content providers instead of having it stored in a resources file like we’ve done in other posts. We’ll be … Read moreHow to Use Loaders in Android

Beginners Guide to Material Design

In this post, we’re going to learn all about Google’s design philosophy dubbed Material Design. We’re going to cover some of the fundamental concepts behind Material Design and will later learn how to realized our design. We’ll be discussing just some of the basics behind the essence of Material Design, like elevation, colors, and layouts. Note that we’ll only … Read moreBeginners Guide to Material Design

How to Pass Data between Activities using Intents

Hello World! In this post, we’re going to learn how we can pass data back and forth between two different activities. We’ll also learn how to reuse layouts and use our app’s manifest with Intents. The Intent object is the fundamental class that we use to pass data around in Android. It acts as a container of information to the system that we … Read moreHow to Pass Data between Activities using Intents

How to Use Contextual Toolbar and ActionBar in Android

Hello World! In this post, we’re going to be covering contextual toolbars/action bars. They are a structure that will allow us to change the menu items on the toolbar based on the user’s context. Suppose we were looking at our email in the Inbox or Gmail app and wanted to delete an email. We could tap on the email … Read moreHow to Use Contextual Toolbar and ActionBar in Android

How to Create Toolbars and Menus in Android

Hello World! In this post, we’re going to talk about Toolbars from a design perspective and then we’ll actually build an app that uses Toolbars. We’re all familiar with the top bar of an app that houses the logo or name of the app as well as a navigation drawer perhaps. One of the most prominent items on that … Read moreHow to Create Toolbars and Menus in Android

Basic UI Widgets – TextViews, EditTexts, and Buttons

Hello World! In this post, we’re going to be going in-depth into several of the most common UI elements that we’ll encounter in Android: TextViews, EditTexts, and Buttons. We’ll be looking into their properties and some of Java’s language features like anonymous inner classes. TextView The simplest way to show the user text is through the TextView … Read moreBasic UI Widgets – TextViews, EditTexts, and Buttons

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