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Learning Material Design

By : Kyle Mew, Nadir Belhaj
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Learning Material Design

By: Kyle Mew, Nadir Belhaj

Overview of this book

Google's Material Design language has taken the web development and design worlds by storm. Now available on many more platforms than Android, Material Design uses color, light, and movements to not only generate beautiful interfaces, but to provide intuitive navigation for the user. Learning Material Design will teach you the fundamental theories of Material Design using code samples to put these theories into practice. Focusing primarily on Android Studio, you’ll create mobile interfaces using the most widely used and powerful material components, such as sliding drawers and floating action buttons. Each section will introduce the relevant Java classes and APIs required to implement these components. With the rules regarding structure, layout, iconography, and typography covered, we then move into animation and transition, possibly Material Design's most powerful concept, allowing complex hierarchies to be displayed simply and stylishly. With all the basic technologies and concepts mastered, the book concludes by showing you how these skills can be applied to other platforms, in particular web apps, using the powerful Polymer library.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)

Menus and dialogs

Menus are an important interface in most applications, and although primary actions should always be performed by more obvious means, such as a button, lists of secondary actions are usually best made available through a menu.

When using a material or AppCompat theme, most of the material metrics and scales for menus are applied automatically, but occasionally, there are times when we will want to customize a dialog to use as a menu. This section covers how to implement a few common menu features such as submenus, groups, and checkmarks; how to generate popup menus; and finally, how to construct custom dialogs using the material widget, CardView.


The menus used up until now in this chapter have been designed to demonstrate how an app bar can be used as a menu, but there are times when we want more from such as submenus and menus that are context sensitive. The first thing to do here is to see what more can be done with the app bar overflow menu.


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