Newsletter Issue #152

Published: 2023-02-07

This week, we look at tinted vector drawables and TextField() state. We explore a DropdownMenu() replacement, SnapshotMutationPolicy, and a custom collapsible app bar implementation. We get a sneak peek at some Slack Lint checks, along with runtime permission helper code. And, ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for databinding.

One Off the Stack, One Off the Slack

You’ve got questions. That’s understandable!

Why Is My Vector Drawable Color Being Ignored?

A vector drawable can use android:fillColor to specify the colors for its paths. However, the Icon() composable ignores those and renders the paths in black by default. See how to use the tint parameter to eliminate that behavior in this week’s highlighted Stack Overflow question.

How Do We Synchronously Update TextField() State?

An important Medium post from Alejandra Stamato last year pointed out issues in updating TextField() state asynchronously. See a few techniques for doing it synchronously in this week’s highlighted Kotlinlang #compose Slack thread.

Composable Commentary

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

Medium: Fundamentals of Compose layouts and modifiers

Simona Stojanovic kicks off a new MAD Skills series, this time looking at some building blocks of Compose UI: layouts (such as Row() and Column()) and modifiers. Simona and Jolanda Verhoef cover this material in this teaser video and this introductory video.

Leveraging the Snapshot Mutation Policies of Jetpack Compose

Shreyas Patil explores the little-seen second parameter to mutableStateOf(): the SnapshotMutationPolicy. That interface tells Compose whether two states are equivalent() and, if they are not, can help merge() the two.

Medium: Improving the Compose DropdownMenu

Peter Törnhult was unhappy with the performance of DropdownMenu(), courtesy of its use of Column(), and wanted a bunch of other capabilities. The result is a LargeDropdownMenu() composable that handles larger lists better!

Medium: CollapsingToolbar with Jetpack Compose

Minami Munakata wanted a collapsing app bar, but only Compose Material3 offers one — this post walks through a complete alternative implementation, including a custom scaffold!

Composing the desktop

When Thomas Künneth is not trying to convince us to develop apps for foldables, he tries to convince us to develop apps for the desktop. Here, Thomas gives us an overview of Compose for Desktop, showing how the same composable can be used in Android and desktop UIs.

Medium: Large Screens & Foldables

Vinod Baste takes up the foldable cause, examining Compose Material3’s support for adaptive layouts, window size classes, and posture tracking.

Medium: Migrating Forms to Android Jetpack Compose

Moshe Waisberg looks at what it takes to migrate a typical sort of entry form from the classic View system to Compose Material. In particular, Moshe describes a technique to help ensure your implementations match: layer the composable over the original form on the Z axis temporarily, too see what is no longer in the proper position.

Medium: Jetpack Compose - Ticket Shape

Max Tayler needed to render an image cropped to a ticket shape, with rounded corners and semi-circular cutouts on two sides. Max assembled a Path implementation to handle the cutouts, then wrapped that and the rounded corners in a custom Shape implementation.

Resource Roundup

100% pure code!

GitHub: slackhq / compose-lints

Slack is starting to publish a series of Lint checks to ensure that composables meet particular coding standards. Right now, these are just source code; a published artifact may follow. No word if your IDE issues a “knock-knock” sound effect when you fail one of these Lint checks. 😁

GitHub: dawidraszka / compose-permission-handler

Dawid Raszka has published a library to make it easy to request runtime permissions, including handling the three (yes, three) possible outcomes from a runtime permission request.

GitHub: fogsong233 / Dropper

GitHub user fogsong233 is working on utility code to make it easier to implement drag-and-drop between composables.

…And One More Thing

Databinding is officially in maintenance mode.

(😐 ← this is my shocked face)

I have been warning folks about this on Stack Overflow for a couple of years. When Compose UI came out with fanfare, “the writing was on the wall” for databinding. I am grateful for the official statement, though, as that will make it easier to steer people towards other options, whether that be view binding with the classic View system or Compose UI.