Newsletter Issue #3

Published: 2020-03-03

This week, we look at how LiveData and Glide might work with Jetpack Compose and how we align our text in a row.

The biggest news is that Compose support was removed from Android Studio 4.0 Beta 1 and added to Android Studio 4.1 Canary 1. If you are relying on an Android Studio 4.0 canary release for your Compose work, be careful about what you upgrade to!

One Off the Stack, One Off the Slack

You’ve got questions. That’s understandable!

How to Align Row Elements

To baseline-align adjacent bits of text in a row, we need to use a LayoutGravity.RelativeToSiblings modifier.

Where Does the State Go?

In this Slack thread, we explore where state should live: inside a composable or outside?

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Composable Commentary

Posts, videos, and other new information related to Jetpack Compose!

Android Studio 4.1 Canary 1 available

Also, Jetpack Compose leaves 4.0 and moves to 4.1, inexplicably.

droidcon Italy 2020

This conference has two sessions on Compose, “Get started with Jetpack Compose” and “How the community is shaping Jetpack Compose”.

Another way of using LiveData with Jetpack Compose

Ian Warwick writes about one possible pattern for LiveData usage within Compose.

Resource Roundup

100% pure code!

GitHub - Glide Adapter for Jetpack Compose

Use Glide for getting the images that go into your composable!

…And One More Thing

The Android Studio moves with respect to Jetpack Compose (added to 4.1, removed from 4.0) just add more confusion to the mix. It is understandable that the Studio team might not want to support features tied to early-stage technologies like Compose in a stable Studio release. However, it would be nice if the Compose team had their own communications on the topic, rather than us having to interpret what this means solely from what the Studio team has said (which isn’t much).