Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Lollipop Code Samples. Android Application Basics. Men’s Lost Careers. Why GTK 3.14 in Ubuntu 15.04 is a Big Deal. Interstellar Collapsing Toolbar Example. Swipe to Refresh. Material Design Futures. Showcasing Ubuntu Next. CMS Entries By Watch. Most Desired Android Features for 2015.
Lollipop Code Samples
20 code samples demonstrating how to implement some of the new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop have been added to the Android Studio 1.0 Samples Wizard.
Android Application Basics
This JavaRevisited post from June 2013 is a good introduction to the Android Operating System and how Android apps are designed.
Men’s Lost Careers
An absorbing New York Times piece titled “The Vanishing Male Worker” with stories of several men who lost their jobs and were never able to get back into the work force. Descriptions of how it affected their self-esteem, marriages, and sense of their place in society. Many very good reader comments as well.
Why GTK 3.14 in Ubuntu 15.04 is a Big Deal
As an indication of continued improvements and marketplace success, Canonical announces that Ubuntu 15.04 will include Gnome 3.14. This means that all GTK apps will be updated to use the latest features in the 3.14 Gnome Development Toolkit and that certain new apps that could not run on current versions of Gnome will be available.
Interstellar Collapsing Toolbar Example
A new GitHub offering from Christ Banes demonstrates the collapsing Toolbar, leveraging one of the new features of Android 5.0. As a bonus, the demo uses Interstellar as its subject.
Swipe to Refresh
A Big Nerd Ranch post by Josh Skeen on how to implement the Swipe to Refresh Android Material Design UI Pattern. Includes screenshot and code excerpts.
Material Design Futures
Series of material shapes and behaviors conceived for future Material Design applications, using outward, imploding and bouncy animations with different weights, consistencies, transitions and other designy terminology.
Showcasing Ubuntu Next
Ubuntu Next is the daily build of Ubuntu featuring the progress being made toward a unified, cross-platform Unity User Interface. Several videos are included which feature advanced window management, transparency, window rotation and Unity GTK application features.
CMS Entries By Watch
Contentful CMS releases an API which allows you to speak into your watch and have that data entered into their Content Management Server. Better yet, the source code is provided to demonstrate interacting between watch, phone and server.
Most Desired Android Features for 2015
Five features that Android Users would like to see in 2015. Includes better battery life, 32GBs of memory as the baseline (not 16GB like my Samsung S5), better Image Stabilization photos in low light situations, wireless charging, and double-tap to wake on all phones.
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