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Android UI Development with Jetpack Compose - Second Edition

By : Thomas Künneth
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Book Image

Android UI Development with Jetpack Compose - Second Edition

5 (1)
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

Modifying the behavior of composable functions

Unlike components in traditional imperative UI frameworks, composable functions do not share a basic set of properties. They also do not automatically (in the sense of inheriting) reuse functionality. This must be done explicitly by calling other composables. Their visual appearance and behavior can be controlled through parameters, modifiers, or both. In a way, modifiers pick up the idea of properties in a component but enhance it—unlike properties of components, modifiers can be used completely at the discretion of the developer.

You have already seen quite a few modifiers in my examples, such as the following:

  • width()
  • fillMaxWidth()
  • fillMaxSize()

These control the width and size of the corresponding UI element.

background() can set a background color and shape, while clickable {} allows the user to interact with the composable function by clicking on the UI element. Jetpack Compose provides an extensive...