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Building Modern Apps for Android

Compose, Kotlin, Coroutines, Jetpack, and the best tools for native development.
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I must confess that I had to rethink the edition of the book several times before I managed to structure it to the current version.

The reason was straightforward. While I was writing the book’s content, the announcement appeared for improvements in the architecture components with Jetpack; later, from Kotlin, more powerful tools were introduced, and later enabled Flow Coroutines as an option for reactive programming. As if that were not enough, the introduction of Compose is announced.

Mind Blown!

I did not hesitate twice. We had to reinvent ourselves (yes, also that typical phrase around here).

And it is that Compose and the advent of declarative views in both Android and iOS were inescapable.

Therefore, I decided that for this book to serve as a guide in developing applications for Android, I had to involve the latest and best tools available in the ecosystem to design and implement mobile applications.

I think that the first reader who benefited from this book was me.

It has allowed me to explore and build components differently from how they had been until a few years ago and take advantage of the maximum of these recent changes that both Google and JetBrains have been contributing to the solutions and software development industry.

I have tried to be practical in the presentation of the topics, without much theory, rather, leaving the references for readers to investigate and delve into a particular topic and presenting the code of a project of e-commerce application without going into much detail.

However, leaving the functional and complete source code in a repository for the reader on their own to analyze, digest, and understand in their own time.

I am sincere in admitting that I have been quite excited about the capabilities Compose, Kotlin, Jetpack Components, and these other modern tools provide when implementing a native mobile app.

Once you learn to dominate this set of technologies, there is no going back. This modern style is my first choice of mobile app design, even though I’m older of experience working with the old style.

I admit that it was not easy at the beginning; reviewing and studying a concept several times as necessary until I understood it clearly.

Fortunately, Google’s engineering team has documented and shared vital design guides as an implementation reference, many of which I have referenced in the sections of this book.

Whether you are an experienced developer or new to the arena, this book will provide an initial understanding of adopting the modern style of building native mobile applications for Android.

I hope you like this work and find it helpful and, above all, practical. 

Push Notifications Handbook for iOS and Android

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    Dear reader. It is a pleasure to communicate with you and begin this adventure in the world of Push Notifications.

    Perhaps many agree with me when considering push notifications as a fantastic mechanism to deliver messages to the user. I think it to be one of the most versatile capabilities that mobile applications have. But let’s be honest, sometimes, during the implementation process of a feature that includes this ability, it can get more complicated than it should, either because the notification is not displayed, or that they suddenly stopped showing, or that they report a very strange bug and difficult to detect.

    Thinking about it, I have good news for you, fellow readers. At the end of this book, you will agree with me that Push Notifications are an excellent mechanism to reach the user and that it is not so difficult after all to understand how they work and are implemented. In many cases, the answers are insight in the official documentation, but we get lost when putting all pieces together.

    After many work sessions on this topic in mobile applications, I decided to share my knowledge. The two most important operating systems in mobile applications, iOS, and Android, are related. After all, what mobile application nowadays does not use Push Notifications in any of its functionalities?

    Surely there will be a considerable percentage that still does not use these capabilities. Still, there is no doubt that it is a matter of time before they need to do so when they notice the multiple advantages they incorporate into an application.

    Based on information collected from Firebase Cloud Messaging, Apple, Blogs, eBooks, and implementations in productive projects, I have organized each content so that the reader progressively acquires the fundamental concepts to develop later and implement each of these concepts.

    If I can get the reader to include this manual in their reference documents, I feel that I have done my job on this topic.

    Also, I encourage the reader to constantly check for updates and improvements in this field that are constantly evolving like the other fields.

    I hope, reader friend, that you like this work and not being more, "Let's start!".

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