Software Development Tutorials

Getting started guides, How-to's, and in-depth explanation of various topics in software development.


Building Data-Driven Hierarchical Views for Android

One common scenario for applications is displaying a UI that is driven by event data. In this tutorial I'll go over a very useful technique for building custom views that can be used in various layouts and updated by passing data to one container view per layout.

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Building a widget to silence an Android phone

In this tutorial I'll show you how to make an Android widget that lets you silence a phone with a single tap. When run on Lollipop, it'll also place phones into priority mode and silence the ringer, allowing users to get notifications without a vibration

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A guide to the Android Wear Message API

Android Wear comes with nifty features right out of the box (e.g. notifications), but its true value comes in with native apps that communicate directly with paired smartphones. In this tutorial, I'll cover how to use Android Wear's Message API to send data from a phone to a wearable.

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