TextInputLayout

One component of the Design Support Library that we didn’t cover in the earlier series on that library was the new TextInputLayout which adds some nice additions to a standard EditText control to provide improved hint and error text handling. In this article we’ll look at how to use it, and avoid the one gotcha with error text.
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Prism Fundamentals – Part 3

IMPORTANT: Updates to Prism are on indefinite hold – more details can be found in the README in the within the Prism source. I have decided to continue publishing this short series because it documents how to use Prism in its current form and so still may be useful.

I am extremely excited to announce the release of Prism – an all-new dynamic theming library for Android. This is an initial release to get the basic functionality out there, but it is already pretty powerful. However there are some exciting additions in the pipeline which will make it more powerful still. In this series of articles we’ll cover the various aspects of prism to enable you to make use of it and even extend it yourself to meet the requirements of your project.
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Prism Fundamentals – Part 2

IMPORTANT: Updates to Prism are on indefinite hold – more details can be found in the README in the within the Prism source. I have decided to continue publishing this short series because it documents how to use Prism in its current form and so still may be useful.

I am extremely excited to announce the release of Prism – an all-new dynamic theming library for Android. This is an initial release to get the basic functionality out there, but it is already pretty powerful. However there are some exciting additions in the pipeline which will make it more powerful still. In this series of articles we’ll cover the various aspects of prism to enable you to make use of it and even extend it yourself to meet the requirements of your project.
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Prism Fundamentals – Part 1

IMPORTANT: Updates to Prism are on indefinite hold – more details can be found in the README in the within the Prism source. I have decided to continue publishing this short series because it documents how to use Prism in its current form and so still may be useful.

I am extremely excited to announce the release of Prism – an all-new dynamic theming library for Android. This is an initial release to get the basic functionality out there, but it is already pretty powerful. However there are some exciting additions in the pipeline which will make it more powerful still. In this series of articles we’ll cover the various aspects of prism to enable you to make use of it and even extend it yourself to meet the requirements of your project.
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Design Library – Part 5

At Google I/O 2015 the Material Design Support Library was announced, and with it creating material apps targeting API levels below API 19 suddenly got a lot easier. In this series we’ll look at taking the RSS Reader app that we used as a basis for the Material series, and re-write it to make full use of the new Design Support Library. In this article we’ll look at how well the new components introduced in the design support library behave on older versions of Android.
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Design Library – Part 4

At Google I/O 2015 the Material Design Support Library was announced, and with it creating material apps targeting API levels below API 19 suddenly got a lot easier. In this series we’ll look at taking the RSS Reader app that we used as a basis for the Material series, and re-write it to make full use of the new Design Support Library. In this article we’ll look at adding a Floating Action Button or FAB.
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Design Library – Part 3

At Google I/O 2015 the Material Design Support Library was announced, and with it creating material apps targeting API levels below API 19 suddenly got a lot easier. In this series we’ll look at taking the RSS Reader app that we used as a basis for the Material series, and re-write it to make full use of the new Design Support Library. Previously we looked at getting a basic tab bar working and in this article we’ll look at getting some nice toolbar hiding and showing on scroll behaviour working.
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Design Library – Part 2

At Google I/O 2015 the Material Design Support Library was announced, and with it creating material apps targeting API levels below API 19 suddenly got a lot easier. In this series we’ll look at taking the RSS Reader app that we used as a basis for the Material series, and re-write it to make full use of the new Design Support Library. Previously we looked at getting a basic navigation drawer working and in this post we’ll look at how to implement a tab bar.
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