I have been laying low for a while and have been pretty busy with my new workplace. I have started wokring at Elanic and it’s been a fun ride. I am just starting small before I go writing big posts again. This is a pretty easy concept and every developer should know these little tricks.»
Android just released a new Design Support Library which is very useful to create beautiful designs and animations (with older version compatibility) and that too without writing much boilerplate code.»
I am working on application which requires a database. Android supports SQLite and we have to make do with it. Writing database queries can create a lot of boilerplate code and can be really difficult to debug. I was looking for some sort of ORM library for android. I came around few of them. One of them was
GreenDAO. It seemed very promising but I couldn’t manage to get it working after spending couple of days. I decided to give ORMLite a shot. The library is very stable and uses annotations. It was really easy to implement everything so I decided to stick with it.
I have been working on a Notes application for quite some time now. One of the essential notes are checklists. Google Keep has really nice implementation of checklist note. So taking inspiration from the layout, I tried making my own checklist.»
I have started working on a new application and for this I was looking for ways to communicate between Service and Activity. I found out about EventBus. Eventbus is really easy to use and can be used to communicate between any Objects. EventBus communication happens by posting parcelable classes around. I will not beat around the bush much and jump in the vague details.»
Google’s Inbox application has a really nice ListView where user could swipe right to mark the email done and swipe left to snooze the notification. I implemented something very similar to that using
Every app needs user data and facebook and twitter are the most convinient and used social networks to get the user data from. In our app, we have given the facility for the user to sign up and log in using their facebook or twitter credentials.»
ActionBar is a very important part of Android. We can use it for our advantage. We needed certain customization in the actionbar and to do it easily we just made a desirable layout and changed the style of the actionbar.»
An application must have a good looking UI and to get that we implemented our own custom layout to the listview to show songs in a playlist. Android provides ListView and various adapters which can be attached to it. For our purpose, we are using ArrayAdapter.»
We are building a music app and as you would have guessed we would require all the audio metadata. At first, we tried using Android’s Intent but it would let us select only one audio file at a time. Also, there was a setback if the user had disabled the default music player and other player did not listen to this intent. So we tried to look up for other ways to obtain metadata of all the audio files. We first used MediaMetaDataRetriever but it would give null String for some of the audio objects.»
In the previous post - Connect Two Android Devices over WiFi using Network Service Disocvery, we showed how we used
Network Service Discovery to connect two android devices over WiFi. In this post, we are going to show how we used this to our advantage to connect and send data to the server client.
We have started working on another Android app which lets user stream music on another Android device wirelessly. I’ll keep adding posts as the app progresses. This is the first part of the series. This is a completely new territory for me as I have never worked with sockets, networks and in general most of the android. So there might be some issues, but we’ll keep refining till we find the best way.»