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Build an Interactive Story App

Course Summary

In this course we will build a simple choose-your-own-adventure story app, complete with fantastic illustrations. We will model our story and introduce the Model-View-Presenter pattern, and we will learn about getting input from users, displaying images, and using more than one Activity.


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    Course Syllabus

    User Input

    We need to be able to get input from users for our apps. In this stage we'll introduce the EditText view, which is used for entering and editing text input. We will also introduce a new layout for Android called ConstraintLayout. 8 steps
    • Introducing the Project 1:51
    • Finding Views by IDs 1 objective
    • Creating the Project 5:37
    • Introducing ImageViews 6:38
    • Using Images 6 questions
    • Introducing ConstraintLayout 5:33
    • Using EditText for Text Input 7:05
    • Using ConstraintLayouts and ImageViews 4 objectives
    • Extra Credit User Input BonanzaWe learned how to get data from an EditText, which is really important. It also applies to all sorts of widgets used for user input.Create a simple app that has a bunch of different controls from the Widgets section in the Palette. For each control, get the value the user enters and then display it in the log or a Toast. Getting comfortable with the different widgets will cement your learning and expose you to different controls.Some specific ones to try include:
      • EditText with a different format
      • RadioButton
      • CheckBox
      • Switch
      • ToggleButton
      • Spinner

    Tuning the User Interface

    Android apps need to work on different screen sizes, different versions of Android, and sometimes, in different orientations. We'll talk about each of these and how to use the AppCompat library to keep things consistent across many devices. 6 steps

    Intents and Multiple Activities

    Intents are objects that we use when we intend to do something in Android, like start a new Activity or use the camera. In this stage we'll learn how to use them to navigate to a new Activity, including passing data as an Intent extra. We'll also take a look at string resources and how to be more mindful of text in our apps. 13 steps

    The Model-View-Presenter Pattern

    The Model-View-Presenter software design pattern allows us to architect apps in a way that makes them easier to maintain and understand. We will talk about how this pattern can be used in Android development and why it will help us. 10 steps

    Finishing the User Interface

    With a fully implemented data model, we are finally ready to display our story in the app! 8 steps

    The Rest of the Story

    Our one page story needs more! In this final stage we will dynamically update the story pages and add some app navigation. 9 steps


Course Fee:
USD 25

Course Type:

Self-Study

Course Status:

Active

Workload:

1 - 4 hours / week

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