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Android Studio Cookbook

By : Mike van Drongelen
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Android Studio Cookbook

By: Mike van Drongelen

Overview of this book

This book starts with an introduction of Android Studio and why you should use this IDE rather than Eclipse. Moving ahead, it teaches you to build a simple app that requires no backend setup but uses Google Cloud or Parse instead. After that, you will learn how to create an Android app that can send and receive text and images using Google Cloud or Parse as a backend. It explains the concepts of Material design and how to apply them to an Android app. Also, it shows you how to build an app that runs on an Android wear device. Later, it explains how to build an app that takes advantage of the latest Android SDK while still supporting older Android versions. It also demonstrates how the performance of an app can be improved and how memory management tools that come with the Android Studio IDE can help you achieve this. By the end of the book, you will be able to develop high quality apps with a minimum amount of effort using the Android Studio IDE.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Android Studio Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Consuming data from the cloud

We have our Parse-based app up and running. Now, let's see how we can get the orders from Parse into our app and display them in a list.

Getting ready

To go through this recipe, you will need to have the previous recipe up and running, Internet access, and some coffee, although I must admit that last one is not strictly necessary. Tea will be just as fine.

How to do it...

Let's see how we can extend our CloudOrder app by consuming orders from the Parse backend and display them using a list view with the help of the following steps:

  1. In the last step in the Setting up Parse recipe, we were looking at the newly created Parse entity and the data in there. Entities can be created or extended on the fly from your app like we did, but we can also define columns and add data here on the webpage. Click on the +Col button to add a new column to the CargoOrder entity.

  2. In the modal, display Add a column, choose String from Select a type, and name the new column address. Then...