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Android Apps with Kotlin: Resources, Styles, and Themes

by Jim Wilson

Learn the skills necessary to create engaging applications that leverage the Android resource system to provide rich styling and an effective user experience that automatically adapts to the wide-ranging needs of Android's diverse user base.

What you'll learn

Successful apps have a high bar to meet. They must be adaptable to a broad set of devices, be usable by a culturally diverse user base, and provide a rich and engaging visual appearance. In this course, Android Apps with Kotlin: Resources, Styles, and Themes, you'll learn everything you need to know to create apps that achieve this high standard. First, you’ll see how to use the Android resource system to provide app content that adapts to differing device characteristics. After that, you’ll incorporate images and other drawable resources into your app in a way that allows the system to automatically select the appropriate choice to best accommodate each device’s display density. Next, you’ll explore how to use value resources to specify strings and other values in a way that allows for easy language localization and configuration-based adjustment of display characteristics. Finally, you’ll delve into leverage styles and themes to customize the color, styling, and overall appearance of your app. By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to create rich and engaging Android apps that are able to effectively adapt to a wide range of devices and users.

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About the author

Jim Wilson is president of JW Hedgehog, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions for the Android, iOS, and Microsoft platforms. Jim has over 30 years of software engineering experience, with the past 15 years heavily focused on creating mobile device and location-based solutions. He has co-founded multiple software-related startups and has served in a consulting role at several more. After nearly a decade as a Microsoft Device Application Development MVP, Jim now focuses on developing A... more

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