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eBook: Pro Android UI

Book Excerpt Description: If youre an Android application developer, chances are youre using
fixed, scrolling, swipe-able, and other cutting-edge custom UI Designs in your Android development
projects. These UI Design approaches as well as other Android ViewGroup UI layout containers are the
bread and butter of Pro Android User Interface (UI) design and Android User Experience (UX) design
and development. Using a top down approach, Pro Android UI shows you how to design and develop
the best user interface for your app, while taking into account the varying device form factors in the
increasingly fragmented Android environment. Pro Android UI aims to be the ultimate reference and
customization cookbook for your Android UI Design, and as such will be useful to experienced
developers as well as beginners. With Androids powerful UI layout classes, you can easily create
everything from the simplest of lists to fully tricked-out user interfaces. While using these UI classes for
boring, standard user interfaces can be quite simple, customizing a unique UI design can often
become extremely challenging. What youll learn How to design and develop a sleek looking and highly
functional user interface (UI) design and experience (UX) design using Android APIs What Android
layout containers are, and how to best leverage them How to design user-friendly UI layouts that
conform to Android UI guidelines What, when, why and how to use fundamental Android UI layout
containers (ViewGroup subclasses) and Android UI widgets (View subclasses) How to use new media
assets such as images, video, and animation in a UI How to create UI Fragments for UI design for
specific ActionBar or Activity classes that you wish to create for UI designs within your applications
Scaling UI Design for the various Android smartphone and tablet form factors Who this book is for This
book is for experienced Android app developers. It can also be for app developers and UI designers
working on other platforms like iOS and BlackBerry who might also be interested in Android. Table of
ContentsPart I. Introduction to the Core Classes for Android UI Design: Development Tools, Layout
Containers and Widgets 1. Android UI Design Tools: Setting Up Your Android Development System 2.
Android UI Layouts: Layout Containers and the ViewGroup Class 3. Android UI Widgets: User Interface
Widgets and the View Class Part II. Introduction to Android Menu Class for UI Design: OptionsMenu,
ContextMenu, PopupMenu and ActionBar 4. Android UI Options Menus: OptionsMenu Class and an
Introduction to the Android ActionBar 5. Android UI Local Menus: The ContextMenu Class and
PopupMenu Class 6. Android UI Action Bar: Advanced ActionBar Design & ActionBar Class Part III.
Android UI: Layout Considerations, Concepts & UI Containers: LinearLayout, RelativeLayout,
FrameLayout 7. Android UI Design Considerations: Styles, Screen Density Targets and New Media
Formats 8. Android UI Design Concepts: Wire-framing & UI Layout Design Patterns 9. Android UI Layout
Conventions, Differences and Approaches 10. Android UI Theme Design & Digital Media Concepts Part
IV. Basic Android UI Design: Basic Layout Containers: FrameLayout, LinearLayout, RelativeLayout,
GridLayout 11. Androids FrameLayout Class: Using Digital Video in your UI Design 12. Androids
LinearLayout Class: Horizontal and Vertical UI Design 13. Androids RelativeLayout Class: Complex UI
Design Via a Single Layout Container 14. Androids GridLayout Class: Optimized UI Design using a Grid-
based Layout Part V. Advanced Android UI Design: Advanced Layout Containers: DrawerLayout,
SlidingPane, ViewPager, Strips 15. Android DrawerLayout Class: Using Left and Right Side UI Drawer
Design 16. Android SlidingPaneLayout Class: Optimized UI Design using a Grid-based Layout Container
17. Android ViewPager Class: Using View Paging to Navigate Complex View Hierarchies 18. Android
PagerTabStrip and PagerTitleStrip Classes: Design Navigation UI Elements for the ViewPager Layout.
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