I know you might be wondering and thinking that I will be explaining all the little details to you on how Jetpack Compose was crafted, etc but that is not the purpose. Our aim will be for us to just learn by building actual interfaces, etc. Sorry if I didn’t do a proper introduction of what Jetpack Compose is(we will be focusing on Jetpack Compose UI)

In simple terms, it is a declarative way of building interfaces and specifically on Android, we do not need to use fragments but rather, our interfaces are functions known as composables. …

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Hello to you reading once more(it is going to be really short) and welcome as well if you are new. There are tons of materials online to learn anything, but most of the time, many materials are confused and you are stuck with switching from one course to another.

In this post, I recommend some resources which are very helpful to start Android development from scratch. Most, if not all, will be free resources. Okay lets us go.

  1. Kotlin Bootcamp for programmers: This course is a course by some Udacity instructors and some of them being Google engineers on the…

In simple terms, we want to ensure that as a user types into the TextField, hyphens are automatically added at various positions

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To simplify the scenario, let us implement visual transformation for a local Cameroon phone number. A Cameroonian phone number has 9 digits, that is of the form,


We want it to be transformed to


For Jetpack Compose, we will have to implement the VisualTransformation interface. Let us have the full source code and have the explanation below

The offset mapping works such that the method originalToTransformed converts offsets in the original text to transformed…

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We have been hearing about Jetpack Compose for a while now and as announced at Google I/O 2021, Compose will be stable come July. Jetpack Compose gives us a declarative way of building UIs on the Android platform. Let us explore how to select an image from the gallery and display it in an Image Composable.

Of course, we will be using the Activity Result APIs which simplifies our task and we do not need to deal with request codes. Enough of the long talk, let us create our composable and I will explain below.

We start by declaring…

In simple terms, how do you parse a response such as that from https://covid-api.mmediagroup.fr/v1/cases . We may be expecting the the object will have a list of countries but instead, the countries are keys.We will write a simple utility function to grab all keys from the JsonObject and iterate through the keys to generate a list of countries.

In essence, we will create a simple data class called country to hold basic Covid 19 data as follows

Great we are good to go from here. Note that each country has a JsonObject again inside with key, “All” and we…

First things first, start by creating an android studio project in Android Studio and add the material design dependency in the app level build.gradle file

implementation 'com.google.android.material:material:1.1.0'

Next, we drag a button from the designer tool onto the activity_main layout file to show the date picker when the button is clicked. We also add a text view to display the selected date.

Steps to Create the date picker when the button is clicked

  1. Create a MaterialDatePicker Builder and set the title
  2. Use the Builder object to create the date picker
  3. show date picker
buttonPickDate.setOnClickListener {

// Create the date picker builder and set the…

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This is one of those random posts that I set in to write after long months of no writing or blog posts and I really feel bad about it but seemingly I feel justified by my own laziness for being this lazy and dropping nothing about programming.

Why have I been unable to put aside just a second to do what makes me happy 😠. Enough of the questions, let me change the subject.

I broke the Limit and built an app in a day

How often do you end the day feeling happy about doing something you didn’t expect to do? That was the feeling I had a week ago…

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Hello there, today, I will be sharing how my immediate software developer community has helped me grow through skills as an Android developer and otherwise. One thing for sure, it will be a bit lengthy but it will definitely inspire someone ou there.

Entrance into the University

I entered the University in 2014 and found my way somehow into Computer Science after my application into the Faculty of Engineering and Technology was turned down. This was rather the first and biggest devastation I got in those days. All I wanted was the excitement that those who leave Upper Sixth have in entering the University.

University days, Quitting school and the Comeback

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It is rather unfortunate that a lot happens here in the English speaking parts of Cameroon(North West and South West regions) primarily caused by the presence of the military. Here, I recount what happened to I (Ngenge Senior) and a fellow friend on July 28, 2019, in Buea. But before I proceed, let me give a short bio about myself and the said friend.

I am Ngenge Senior, a BSc holder in Computer Science from the University of Buea(UB) and a trained Android developer since 2015. I graduated from UB in 2018 and I have been finding my way…

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Recyclerview is definitely one of the most important views that the Android framework has. The introduction of RecyclerView brought in a lot of advantages compared to the traditional ListView.Some of the advantages that it brought were thus; Item animations, layout managers unlike the ListView’s vertical list, Item decorations and many more advantages.

Creating a simple RecyclerView is not much of a headache when it comes to that which involves a single view type. All that is required is creating your adapter with a single view holder and that’s it.

The Complex Scenario

Take the case of applications like Instagram, Whatsapp, and Telegram which…

Ngenge Senior

Mobile app developer. Co-founder @ Njaka.Previously Android/UX developer mentor @ Udacity.#JetpackCompose #SwiftUI

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