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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)

Chapter 5. Lists, Cards, and Data

Modern smartphones and tablets are capable of accessing and managing large amounts of data, and due to the limited screen space on most of these devices, handling large data sets poses an interesting challenge. Prior to Android 5, these data sets were usually handled with ListView, but this was notoriously inefficient and so Android 5 introduced RecyclerView, which intelligently manages large lists and grids.

RecyclerView is also more flexible than ListView, as we can create custom layouts for individual lists or grid items, and one of the best ways to achieve this is with CardView, which also came out with Android 5 and has become synonymous with Material Design.

As we see how these views are implemented, we will also take a deeper look at what has to be the material designer's most useful tool: the design support library. In particular, we will be using CoordinatorLayout, which automates many material functions such as swipe-to-dismiss and animations.