The Android styling and theming system can be an enigmatic beast at the best of times. In some of the SDKs at Zendesk, we need to resolve theme attribute colours at runtime, and today I learned that there’s a big difference depending on whether you specify a colour as a reference or as a literal value.
I’ve switched between HTC, Samsung, and Nexus phones a lot over the years. I noticed some junk data in my contacts a long time ago, but I didn’t get annoyed enough to fix it until this weekend. The issue is that HTC leaves a lot of metadata behind it in your contacts. If you’re affected […]
Being a responsible devloper (sic) I like to add unit and instrumentation tests when I add or change code. For reasons Mockito disappeared from my Android instrumentation tests this morning. My project is set up as a library module and an application module that uses the library. Read on to find out how to fix […]
This post is about how to build Javadocs for Android library projects with Gradle. More importantly it also tells you how to upload the Javadoc artifacts with the uploadArchives task of the Maven plugin. This post will walk you through how I got it to work.
Picasso is an awesome library for downloading and caching images. If the images that you need to download require authentication you can do that by specifying a custom Downloader class. If you do this you can no longer use the with method to initialise Picasso.
Properly testing app upgrades on Windows Phone is not as straightforward as it could be. When you deploy a XAP from the IDE or with the XapDeploy tool the build system will evaluate whether an incremental update is possible or if a full redeploy is required. A full redeploy will remove all of the app’s […]
I needed to launch one of my Android emulators from the terminal recently and I was surprised to see how slow it was, especially seeing as I had enabled host GPU acceleration and that the emulator an x86 one with HAXM enabled. I had never experienced any such issues when starting the same emulator from […]