The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development Version 8.8 Released
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Mostly, this update is about Android Studio 3.0 and the corresponding version
of the Android Gradle Plugin and Gradle itself. This includes:
Updating the tutorials
Making major changes to all of the Gradle coverage, both in the core
chapters and the trails
Adding a new chapter on icons, specifically to explain the new Image
Asset Wizard and the adaptive icon stuff
Replacing the chapter on dependencies with a brand-new edition
Updating all of the places that used Jack-based lambda expressions to
use the new native ones, and updating all of the Rx samples to use lambda
Updating all the samples to use
using flavor dimensions wherever product flavors were used, etc.
Making significant changes to some performance tuning chapters to reflect the
changes in Android Studio’s profiling tools
A few chapters were removed as a result of this. Some were redudant chapters
in the Gradle coverage. Also, the Android Things chapter was removed,
to not violate the Android Things Console terms of service.
And, the chapter on writing reusable components was removed, as it was just
This update also brings us up to speed with the final release of Android 8.0 and
has your usual smattering of other miscellaneous fixes and improvements.
The combination of all of these changes, plus standardizing on “Logcat” instead
of “LogCat” and related nomenclature changes,
means that there are a lot of sections with updates that will
show up in bold-italic in the table of contents.
There should be another update to this book before the end of 2017.