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The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 8.4 Released

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 8.4, in all formats. Just log into your Warescription page and download away, or set up an account and subscribe!

This is a fairly small and sooner-than-expected update, mostly to revise everything for Android Studio 2.3. In addition to updating screenshots and descriptions for the new IDE version, I:

  • Added a chapter on Stetho

  • Added material on the Espresso Test Recorder to the chapter on Espresso

  • Updated the coverage of consuming documents with a new “diceware” sample and the use of the CWAC-Document library

  • Updated the chapter on RecyclerView to cover the new(-ish) built-in list divider option

  • Fixed a bug in the Sensor/Monitor sample app in the chapter on sensors

  • Added more material on working with removable storage to the chapter on files

  • Made various miscellaneous improvements and errata fixes

Readers of the APK edition of the book who were running into crashes from the new double-tap gesture to hide and show the action bar should have better luck now.

Also, the APK edition has an appinar on viewing PDF files in your Android app.

Alas, Google Play Books continues to not like my EPUB edition. That situation is unlikely to change any time soon, as I have no means of debugging the problem.

The next book update should be in late April or early May. As with this update, the next one is contingent on what Google might do over the next several weeks, such as release an O (Oh? Owe?!?) Developer Preview.


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