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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

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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

Exploring App Architecture

In Chapter 6, Building a Real-World App, we combined several key techniques of Jetpack Compose, including state hoisting, app theming, and navigation, in a real-world example. ComposeUnitConverter stores state in a ViewModel and eventually persists it using the Repository pattern. In this chapter, I will show you how to pass objects to a ViewModel upon instantiation and use these objects to load and save data. In Chapter 2, Exploring the Key Principles of Compose, we examined features of well-behaved composable functions. Composables should be free of side effects to make them reusable and easy to test. However, there are situations when you need to either react to or initiate state changes that happen outside the scope of a composable function. We will cover this at the end of this chapter.

These are the main sections of this chapter:

  • Persisting and retrieving state
  • Keeping your composables responsive
  • Understanding side effects