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Author Archives: Francesco Azzola

I'm a senior software engineer with more than 15 yrs old experience in JEE architecture. I'm SCEA certified (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect), SCWCD, SCJP. I'm an android enthusiast and i've worked for long time in the mobile development field.

Android UI Overview

This article is part of our Academy Course titled Android UI Design – Basics. In this course, you will get a look at the fundamentals of Android UI design. You will understand user input, views and layouts, as well as adapters and fragments. Check it out here! Table Of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Android App Structure and UI patterns 2.1. ...

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Android push notification using Parse

Android push notification is a service used to send messages directly to the Android smart phones. Using this service, developers can send data to Android apps as soon as it is available, in this way Android app doesn’t have to make requests to the server to know if new information are available. Using Android push service, apps can save smartphone ...

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Android Data Binding Tutorial

This post describes one of the most interesting feature in Android recently introduced and still in beta version: Android Data Binding. Using data binding, you create a link between the presentation layer (the app UI) and the underlying data model that holds the information you want to show. The UI widgets content like TextView, EditText and so on are somehow ...

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Internet of Things: Arduino, Android, ESB

Internet of things (IoT) is one of the most emerging topic and one of the most discussed lately. When talking about IoT, we mean a set of smart objects that are connected together and can exchange information. In this way it is possible, for example, to create a set of sensors and we can use it through our smartphones. In ...

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Internet of Things with Android and Arduino: Control remote Led

This post describes how to control a remote Led using Arduino and Android. Nowadays a new emerging technology is Internet of Things (IoT): in other words all the physical objects (things)  are connected together  using internet infrastructure. Arduino is one of the most important object in this ecosystem. In this post, we will explore how to integrate Android with Arduino ...

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Android Google map: Add weather data

This post describes how to add weather layer to google map. We want to add weather information to a map so that we can have a look about clouds, temperature, pressure and so on. In the previous post we talked about how to get weather information and how to parse the data to create a UI, now we want to ...

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NFC Android: Read NDEF Tag

In this post we want to describe how to read NFC tag. Android SDK provides a set of API that can be used to read the NFC payload, anyway if we look at the NFC spec we can notice there are several type of payload depending on the type of the tag. Android SDK doesn’t provide any support to parse ...

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First steps with NFC in Android

This post describes how to use NFC in Android. The NFC technology stands for Near Field Communication and you can find the specification at NFC Forum. In this first post, we will analyse some basic aspects of NFC and we will describe how we can implement an app in Android that handles NFC tags. If you want to experiment NFC, ...

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Android Text to Speech (TTS)

This post describes how to use text to speech (TTS) in Android. It isn’t so common to find a post explaining how to use it and it is a part of Android not much covered. In my opinion, TTS is very interesting because it can add some nice features to an app. Text to Speech is a feature of Android ...

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Develop android weather app with Material Design

This post describes how to create a weather app using material design guidelines. Material Design is  a set of rules for visual design, UI interaction, motion and so on. These rules help developer when they design and create an Android app. This post wants to describe how we create a weather app using Weatherlib as weather layer and Material design ...

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