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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 and updating data using a content provider – daily thoughts

To demonstrate how to create and use content providers we will create an app to store what is on your mind and how happy you are on a daily basis.

Yes, there are apps doing that; however, if you want to create an app to record sport notes and scores instead, feel free to modify the code as it involves basically the same functionality.

In this recipe, we will store new thoughts and retrieve them using a content provider. For the various elements of the app, we will be using fragments because they will neatly demonstrate the effect of the observer pattern.

Getting ready

For this recipe, you just need to have Android Studio up and running and a physical or virtual Android device.

How to do it...

Let's see how to set up a project using a content provider. We will be using the Navigation Drawer template for it:

  1. Create a new project in Android Studio and name it DailyThoughts. Click on the Next button.

  2. Select the Phone and Tablet option...