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The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 8.12 Released

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 8.12, in all formats. Just log into your Warescription page and download away, or set up an account and subscribe!

This update:

  • Adds more to the Android P coverage, including:

    • A dedicated chapter on publising slices

    • BiometricPrompt (as the replacement for FingerprintDialog, which itself replaces the now-deprecated FingerprintManager)

    • AppComponentFactory

    • WebView tracing

    • New salvos in “the War on Background Processing”

  • Updates much of the book to cover Android Studio 3.1

  • Added material on the 1.1 release of ConstraintLayout, including groups, barriers, percentage constraints, and circular constraints

  • Rewrote the fragments chapter to focus on the fragments backport

  • Updated most remaining samples to use the fragments backport, for those that were not doing so already

  • Converted some samples that were using ListView to use RecyclerView, and moved the RecyclerView chapter to be earlier in the book

  • Added some material on the Chrome OS emulator

  • Moved the material on SlidingPaneLayout to the Widget Catalog

  • Made minor improvements to the chapters on Espresso, unit testing, and Ui Automator

  • Retired the chapter on dynamic code, the chapter on Android Things, the chapter on SlidingDrawer (from the Widget Catalog), and the chapter on large screen strategies, as well as some other specific sample apps and their corresponding sections)

  • Fixes a variety of errata and other miscellaneous bugs

Right now, I expect that I will publish Version 8.13 in about two months.


Want an expert opinion on your Android app architecture decisions? Perhaps Mark Murphy can help!