The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 7.6 Released

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This update represents a whole lot of “miscellaneous”, since I was uncertain of Google’s release schedule for a bunch of stuff (Android Studio 2.2, Android 7.0, and ConstraintLayout).

In this update, I:

  • Extracted the material on multi-window implementations into a separate chapter, one that includes information about supporting Samsung’s and LG’s proprietary multi-window approaches

  • Expanded the coverage of drag-and-drop to mention how it works with the Samsung/LG multi-window environments, Chrome OS, etc.

  • Added a new section to the chapter on Espresso, covering IdlingResource

  • Added a new section to the chapter on RecyclerView, covering having items that expand and contract

  • Added a new section to the chapter on the media projection APIs, covering andshooter, a screenshot utility app

  • Updated the chapter on consuming documents to cover the duration of access to content identified by Uri values

  • Added material on the problems with custom Parcelable implementations to the chapter on Parcelable

  • Added a short section on @InverseBindingAdapter to the chapter on the data binding framework

  • Added a section on supporting APPLICATION_PREFERENCES on Android N devices

  • Added a section on onRetainNonConfigurationInstance() to the chapter on configuration changes

  • Added a section on the OnAlarmListener APIs offered by AlarmManager on Android N

  • Added a section on writing a custom Loader implementation

  • Refreshed the chapter on audio playback, which was seriously old

  • Updated the Decktastic sample app and chapter, which also was out of date

Also, the APK edition of the book has new appinars on:

  • the 2016 updates to the data binding framework

  • printing

  • publishing content with a FileProvider or StreamProvider

  • consuming documents from the Storage Access Framework


The next book update is tentatively slated for early October. That may change based upon when Android Studio 2.2 hits the release channel.

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