Creating Dynamic UI with Android Fragments

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Learn
  • Understand the role and capabilities of fragments
  • Explore the fragment-oriented features of Android Studio
  • Create an app UI that works effectively on smartphones and tablets
  • Use fragments to create engaging navigation capabilities like swipe-based screen browsing
  • Work with special purpose fragment classes like ListFragment and DialogFragment
  • Dynamically manage fragments using the FragmentTransaction class
  • Learn appropriate application design for communicating between fragments
  • Efficiently handle fragment creation and lifecycle
  • Simplify cross-thread UI handling with fragments
  • Form multi-screen UIs that run within a single activity
About

To create a dynamic and multi-pane user interface on Android, you need to encapsulate UI components and activity behaviors into modules that you can swap into and out of your activities. You can create these modules with the fragment class, which behaves somewhat like a nested activity that can define its own layout and manage its own lifecycle. When a fragment specifies its own layout, it can be configured in different combinations with other fragments inside an activity to modify your layout configuration for different screen sizes (a small screen might show one fragment at a time, but a large screen can show two or more).

Creating Dynamic UI with Android Fragments shows you how to create modern Android applications that meet the high expectations of today’s users. You will learn how to incorporate rich navigation features like swipe-based screen browsing and how to create adaptive UIs that ensure your application looks fantastic whether run on a low cost smartphone or the latest tablet.

This book looks at the impact fragments have on Android UI design and their role in both simplifying many common UI challenges and providing new ways to incorporate rich UI behaviors.

You will learn how to use fragments to create UIs that automatically adapt to device differences. We look closely at the roll of fragment transactions and how to work with the Android back stack. Leveraging this understanding, we then explore several specialized fragment-related classes like ListFragment and DialogFragment as well as rich navigation features like swipe-based screen browsing.

Features
  • Learn everything you need to know to provide dynamic multi-screen UIs within a single activity
  • Integrate the rich UI features demanded by today’s mobile users
  • Understand the basics of using fragments and how to use them to create more adaptive and dynamic user experiences
Page Count 122
Course Length 3 hours 39 minutes
ISBN 9781783283095
Date Of Publication 24 Sep 2013

Authors

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is the President of JW Hedgehog, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions for the Android, iOS, and Microsoft platforms. He has over 30 years of software engineering experience, with the past 15 years heavily focused on creating mobile device and location-based solutions. Jim cofounded multiple software-related startups and has served in a consulting role at several more. After nearly a decade as a Microsoft Device Application Development MVP, he now focuses on developing Android and iOS device applications.

Jim's passion is mentoring software developers. He is a regular contributor of Android, iOS, and Xamarin training material at Pluralsight (http://training.jwhh.com), a leading provider of online developer training. Jim has authored more than 30 articles on device application development and has served as a contributing expert on mobile software development issues for a variety of media outlets.

Jim and his wife, along with several cats, split their time between Celebration, Florida (just three miles from Walt Disney World) and Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. You can take a look at his blog (http://blog.jwhh.com) where he talks about a variety of mobile software development issues as well as the adventures of a life split between the busy region of the "House of Mouse" and the quietness of NH's lakes and mountains.

You can reach Jim at androidtraining@jwhh.com.