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AsyncAndroid: Getting Started with MotionLayout

Wow, what a weird time to be alive, huh? I’m writing this on Day 29 of the lockdown in South Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not sure I have the right words to address the current situation, nor the expertise to talk about it. However, I am good at talking about Android and […]

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42MB to display account information?! Use the Android APK Analyzer to reduce your APK size!

After looking around at a few Android applications, I realised that there are many developers who don’t know about a great tool in Android Studio — the Android APK Analyzer. I cringe when I go to download a basic application (most of these apps are really simple) and the download size is over 40MB. Whenever […]

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ConstraintLayout – Guidelines, Barriers, Chains and Groups

Since my initial blog post about ConstraintLayout, there have been a whole bunch of new features added (and lots of improvements) to ConstraintLayout. This blog post aims to cover some of the new features, namely Guidelines, Barriers, Chains and Groups. Some of these features require using Android Studio 3.0 Beta 5 and the beta version of […]

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How to create a group of File Templates in Android Studio – Part 3

In the previous two posts, we looked at creating custom live templates and file templates. I received a question on twitter once I posted the file template tutorial: @riggaroo Any idea how to create File Templates that create multiple files? Like "Activity" and "fragment" do? — Justin Angel (@JustinAngel) May 2, 2016

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How to create your own Live Templates in Android Studio/IntelliJ – Part 2

In the last post we looked at how to create a File Template in Android Studio. In this post we will look at Live Templates and how to make your own. Live templates are “frequently-used or custom code constructs that you can insert into your source code file quickly, efficiently and accurately.”