Over the past few months I've been receiving a ton of emails, tweets, G+
mentions and GitHub issues in connection with my open source libraries. So I
thought I would set out what my plan is for them in the future, and the order in
which I'll be tackling the backlog.
The library which is taking up the majority of my personal dev time at the
moment before it hits v1.0. I've done this library a bit differently that my
previous ones as I've developed it in the open, whereas Over the past few weeks I've been updating ActionBar-PullToRefresh
[http://github.com/chrisbanes/ActionBar-PullToRefresh] for the release of v0.7,
but have been a bit blocked on publishing the library as an Android Archive
(aar) to Maven Central [http://search.maven.org/]. It was the number one
issue/request that I received, and while I had a working local Gradle build I
could not find an easy way to publish the results.
There a few solutions out there but nothing really definitive. The main
sSo this is my first blog post on ActionBar-PullToRefresh. I've been mainly
talking about it on Google+ up until now as it simply was not ready for
production use. Well today I tagged and push v0.4 of the project, which adds the
main missing feature: automatically styling based on your Action Bar style.
First of all here's a video of how it works:
So here's a non-exhaustive list of it's features:
* By default mirrors the Gmail implementation: grow from center progress bar.
* ListVieAfter a month of not posting anything on here due to being busy, I’ve finally
found a bit of time to write a new Snippet post. This post is all about
[https://developer.android.com/reference/android/widget/Checkable.html], and how
to properly implement the interface so that your views display as you expect
Checkable is an interface which can be implemented when your View needs to
change state based on a boolean switch. The framework contains a few views whiLast week Joaquim Verges [https://plus.google.com/107942105369460253496] asked
me a question about ListView. I’ve finally got around to writing up this
solution and post.
To paraphrase Joaquim, the problem is:
> I have a ListView populated from a CursorLoader. When I swap to a cursor with
new items on top, I use setSelectionFromTop()
int)] to keep the ListView at the same visible positionAndroid-PullToRefresh was started about 18 months ago, as I needed it for a
project (Friendcaster). Since then I’ve kept maintaining the project, pushing it
forward and adding new features.
Well today I’m stopping development. There are two reasons for this, the first
is that it is feature complete. The second reason is that the volume of ‘issues’
I get is taking up too much of my time.
At the end of the day, it’s open source. If you want something added or fixed,
you have the source to do so.This snippet is taken from some of the code I’ve recently released in photup
[http://www.senab.co.uk/2013/01/19/photup-is-now-open-source/], and shows you
how to make an Action Bar item more noticeable, allowing you to lead the user
onto the correct path.
You can see what I mean here:
So why did I add this in photup? Well, one of the problems that I had with the
selection screen was that there were many many clickable items on it:
* Each item in the Grid is clickable twice, one for selectionWelcome to the second instalment of my new Android Snippet series. This one is a
fairly short one as it points out an optimisation which was added in Android
v4.0, but which can be easily backported to your applications for use in
previous versions of Android.
Imagine you have a 3-column GridView, each item is properly recycled in the
Adapter, and contains an ImageView filling the View. You load each ImageView
with a Bitmap downloaded from the web, in a background thread, which is cachThis is the first in a new series of posts I’m going to regularly publish
(weekly-ish) of code snippets which could save you a lot of #AndroidDev time.
The first of which is about one of my favourite classes in Android: DateUtils
It’s Javadoc keeps things nice and short:
> This class contains various date-related utilities for creating text for things
like elapsed time and date ranges, strings for days of the week and