Designed by JetBrains, the organization behind Kotlin, Anko is an open-source library that can radically change the way you create Android apps. It leverages Kotlin’s syntax to offer a large collection of helper functions that help you reduce the verbosity of your code while also improving its performance.
In this three-part series, we’ve been exploring all the major Java 8 features that you can start using in your Android projects today.
Traditional desktop app development is dominated by large-scale software companies with huge workforces, sometimes scattered around the globe. However, the mobile app development industry is quite different. Its ecosystem has created a new breed of small-scale and highly efficient developers. Its dominant players are powered by innovation and efficiency, rather than by the number of heads on the payroll. Even an individual developer can produce a killer app that has millions of downloads in the app stores.
Do you want to get started using one of the hottest new programming languages out there? Then check out our new course, Kotlin Fundamentals.
Java 8 was a huge step forward for the programming language and now, with the release of Android Studio 3.0, Android developers finally have access to built-in support for some of Java 8’s most important features.
Not many know about it, and Google rarely advertises it, but the Android operating system has had a theming framework built into it for a few years now. It’s called the Runtime Resource Overlay framework, RRO for short, and it dramatically reduces the effort needed to create custom themes for your phone.
Lambda expressions can help you remove boilerplate code from your projects and process huge amounts of data with ease. See how with this in-depth look at the Java 8 features you can start using in your Android projects today.
Android app templates have been gaining in popularity over the past few years, and that’s no wonder. They’re a huge time saver for experienced developers, helping them to cut through the slog of creating an app from scratch and focus their talents instead on the unique and customised parts of creating a new app.
Kotlin is a modern programming language that compiles to Java bytecode. It is free and open source, and promises to make coding for Android even more fun.
A multithreaded app has two or more parts that can run in parallel. This lets the app make better use of the cores inside the device CPU. This lets it get tasks done faster and leads to a smoother and more responsive experience for the user.
Kotlin is a functional language, and that means functions are front and center. The language is packed with features to make coding functions easy and expressive. In this post, you’ll learn about extension functions, higher-order functions, closures, and inline functions in Kotlin.