By Jessica Thornsby
- Take an preliminary thought for an Android app and enhance it right into a precise plan, supported through sketches and wireframes
- Provide a greater event on your clients by way of following top practices and the hot fabric layout principles
- Work extra successfully and shop time through trying out your principles at an early level via development a prototype
Great layout is without doubt one of the key drivers within the adoption of recent purposes, but regrettably layout issues are frequently ignored within the face of "will it work," "can we make it quicker," or "can we get extra humans utilizing it"?
This e-book seeks to redress this stability by means of displaying you ways to get your PM to begin treating the layout part of your undertaking heavily. This publication is targeted totally at the improvement of UI positive aspects, and you will be capable of essentially imposing the layout practices that we extol in the course of the book.
Starting by means of in brief outlining a few of the elements you must take note of whilst development a UI, you are going to examine the suggestions of Android person Interface from scratch. We then movement directly to formulate a plan on tips on how to enforce those strategies in numerous purposes. we are going to deep dive into how UI positive aspects are applied in real-world purposes the place UIs are complicated and dynamic.
This booklet deals close to entire insurance of UI-specific content material together with, perspectives, fragments, the wireframing technique, and the way so as to add in splash screens-everything you must make specialist regular UIs for contemporary functions. it is going to then hide fabric layout and allow you to enforce Google's layout aesthetic in a pragmatic demeanour. ultimately, it guarantees the absolute best consumer adventure by means of interpreting the UI utilizing a number of instruments, after which addressing any difficulties they uncover.
By the tip of the e-book, you'll leverage the innovations of Android person Interface on your purposes for you to allure new customers.
What you'll learn
- Develop a person interface that clings to the entire center fabric layout principles
- Transform your preliminary app suggestion right into a concrete and specific plan
- Add perspectives, ViewGroups, layouts, and customary UI parts on your personal Android projects
- Use fragments and diverse options to collect consumer input
- Create a brand new Android Studio undertaking and advance it right into a prototype
- Identify and remedy issues of your app's UI to convey a greater consumer experience
About the Author
Jessica Thornsby studied poetry, prose, and script writing at Bolton college sooner than getting to know the area of open resource and technical writing, and hasn't ever appeared again in view that. this present day, she is a technical author and full-time Android fanatic living in sunny Sheffield, England.
She enjoys writing approximately rooting and flashing cellular units, Java, Eclipse, and all issues Android and Google. while no longer wordsmithing approximately expertise and obsessing concerning the most recent Android advancements, she retains a weblog approximately her neighborhood meals scene, and writes approximately taking care of unique pets. at the infrequent events that she's dragged clear of her computing device, she enjoys beer gardens, curry homes, the good British beach, frightening video clips, and spending plenty of time together with her residence rabbits and chinchillas.
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In the following screenshot, the Google+ action bar contains two action buttons: You'll typically represent an action button with an icon and/or text. Android provides a range of ready-made action buttons that you should use wherever possible, as they ensure that the average user will be familiar with at least some of the action buttons that you use in your UI. [ 17 ] Introducing the Android UI The action overflow Depending on the app and the available screen space, it's possible that all your action buttons won't always fit into the action bar.
An absolute unit: Although this is not recommended, you can also use absolute units of measurements: pixels, millimeters, or inches. Android gravity and layout gravity The gravity attribute specifies how an object should be positioned along the X and Y axis inside its enclosing object. This may sound straightforward, but there's a catch: you'll encounter two different gravity attributes in Android. Although they look similar, they can actually yield very different results: android:gravity: This positions the content that's inside a view, for example, the text inside a TextView android:layout_gravity: This positions a child view inside its parent container, for example, a TextView inside a LinearLayout Both accept a wide range of values, including several values that won't change the size of the object you're applying the gravity attribute to: top: This positions the object at the top of its parent container.
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