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Android UI Development with Jetpack Compose - Second Edition

By : Thomas Künneth
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Android UI Development with Jetpack Compose - Second Edition

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By: Thomas Künneth

Overview of this book

Compose has caused a paradigm shift in Android development, introducing a variety of new concepts that are essential to an Android developer’s learning journey. It solves a lot of pain points associated with Android development and is touted to become the default way to building Android apps over the next few years. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect all changes and additions that were made by Google since the initial stable release, and all examples are based on Material 3 (also called Material You). This book uses practical examples to help you understand the fundamental concepts of Jetpack Compose and how to use them when you are building your own Android applications. You’ll begin by getting an in-depth explanation of the declarative approach, along with its differences from and advantages over traditional user interface (UI) frameworks. Having laid this foundation, the next set of chapters take a practical approach to show you how to write your first composable function. The chapters will also help you master layouts, an important core component of every UI framework, and then move to more advanced topics such as animation, testing, and architectural best practices. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to write your own Android apps using Jetpack Compose and Material Design.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Fundamentals of Jetpack Compose
Part 2: Building User Interfaces
Part 3: Advanced Topics

Setting up and writing tests

As a software developer, you probably enjoy writing code. Seeing an app gain functionality feels very rewarding, probably more than writing tests—or worse, finding bugs—yet testing and debugging are essential. Eventually, your code will contain bugs, because all non-trivial programs do. To make your developer life easier, you need to familiarize yourself with writing tests and debugging your own and others’ code. Testing an app has various facets that correspond to different types of tests, as outlined here:

  • Unit test: You need to make sure that the business logic works as expected. This, for example, means that formulas and calculations always produce correct results.
  • Integration tests: Are all building blocks of the app properly integrated? Depending on what the app does, this may include accessing remote services, talking to a database, or reading and writing files on the device.
  • UI tests: Is the UI accurate? Are...