Newsletter Issue #217

Published: 2024-06-04

We got new betas for Compose and Wear Compose, as the drive for stable releases for both continues apace!

Beyond that, we see an interesting use of decorationBox to replace VisualTransformation for structured fields, as well as how to use Koin within Compose Multiplatform environments. We look at iOS/Compose interop and design systems. And we examine an MVI framework and a discrete seek bar implementation, along with a new stable Molecule 2.0.0 release.

Ooooo… What Did We Get?

Reviewing the release notes for the latest Jetpack Compose update!

Compose 1.7.0-beta02 is out, including a new prefetch API for lazy grids, some renamed APIs, and some bug fixes.

Compose Material3 1.3.0-beta02 has a few more changes, including:

  • Converting TooltipScope to a sealed interface

  • Adding elevation support to the pullToRefreshIndicator() modifier

  • Adding maskClip and maskBorder modifiers to CarouselItemScope

Compose Material3 Adaptive is up to 1.0.0-beta02, with just some minor changes.

Wear Compose 1.4.0-beta02 was released with some screen reader-related fixes.

And in Compose-adjacent libraries, we got:

  • androidx.fragment:fragment-compose:1.8.0-rc01
  • androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-runtime-compose:2.8.1
  • androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-runtime-compose-android:2.8.1
  • androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-runtime-compose-desktop:2.8.1
  • androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-viewmodel-compose:2.8.1
  • androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-viewmodel-compose-android:2.8.1
  • androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-viewmodel-compose-desktop:2.8.1
  • androidx.navigation:navigation-compose:2.8.0-beta02
  • androidx.navigation:navigation-fragment-compose:2.8.0-beta02

One Off the Stack, One Off the Slack

You’ve got questions. That’s understandable!

How Do I Fix a Concurrent-Change Crash?

Getting an IllegalStateException with the message Unsupported concurrent change during composition is going to ruin your day. This comes when you try modifying some MutableState both inside and outside of a composition. Learn more in this week’s highlighted Stack Overflow question, including an answer from Google’s Chuck Jazdzewski.

How Can I Use a Gradient for a Stroke?

If you want a gradient sweep for the stroke of something like a circle, you can convert the stroke to a Path, then draw the path with a sweepGradient brush, as Google’s Romain Guy notes in this week’s highlighted Kotlinlang #compose Slack thread.

Composable Commentary

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

Medium: Creating Unique TextFields in Android with Jetpack Compose and DecorationBox

We have seen a lot of posts that use VisualTransformation to handle structured text input, such as adding hyphens between phone number segments. Medium user Nurattin explores an alternative approach, leveraging the decorationBox slot parameter to have a BasicTextField() leverage a mix of static text and editable segments.

Medium: Unlock the Power of State Hoisting in Jetpack Compose

Teni Gada explores what we mean by “state hoisting” and how we apply it for UI and state logic, when to use dedicated state holder classes versus viewmodels, and more.

Medium: Jetpack Compose: System UI Compatibility and Immersive Status Bar

Medium user ZhangKe looks at how to extend our UI to be behind the status and navigation bars via enableEdgeToEdge(), how to leverage WindowInsets to know how big those bars are, how Scaffold() hides inset complexity from us, etc.

Medium: Injecting your Compose applications with Koin — From Android to Multiplatform

Arnaud Giuliani describes how to use Koin for dependency inversion with Compose, including how to work with previews, how to support Compose Multiplatform, using isolated contexts for SDKs/white-label apps, and more.

Page Flip animation in Jetpack Compose

Sinasamaki demonstrates how to reproduce Flipboard’s flipping page animation in Compose UI, in the form of a FlipPager() composable that supports horizontal and vertical flipping, leveraging bitmap recording to animate a bitmap instead of the actual composable content.

Effective Map Composables: Non-Draggable Markers

Uli Bubenheimer is exploring Maps for Compose, this time looking at a new non-draggable form of marker that a future Maps for Compose release will support.

Medium: Android/JetpackCompose: Component Sizing, Layout and Two Views Same Size 2 Ways

Medium member Itsuki looks at two different ways to determine the size and position of a component, with an eye towards making changes to those aspects. Itsuki first tries the onGloballyPositioned() modifier, then turns to a Layout() wrapper in the hopes of boosting performance.

Medium: Android Development: Building a Custom Design System with Jetpack Compose

Alexandros Damianakis writes about how we can customize a Compose Material3 theme, including colors, typography, and shapes. Alexandros also shows how to extend the concept of a Material3 theme to include things like custom sizing rules.

Medium: Bringing Together: Jetpack Compose and Native iOS Components

Chetansinh Rajput looks at iOS native view interoperability with Compose for iOS, including rendering composables inside of SwiftUI/UIKit views and having UIKit components be part of your composables.

Resource Roundup

100% pure code!

GitHub: localhostov / icons

Alexander Localhostov (whose IP address may or may not be released a Compose Multiplatform icon pack, with 498 straight and rounded icons. Preview those icons here!

GitHub: ChainTechNetwork / sdp-ssp-compose-multiplatform

Medium user ssvaghasiya published a Compose Multiplatform library offering implementations of SDP (screen dp) and SSP (screen sp) units that scale with screen size. See this Medium post for more.

GitHub: ikarenkov / Modo

Karenkov Igor has released an MVI-style Compose UI app framework with integrated navigation support.

GitHub: jongmin1217 / ComposeStepSlider

GitHub user jongmin1217 brings us a highly configurable discrete seek bar implementation, to allow the user to select one of a range of values by sliding a thumb along a track. See this Medium post for more.

GitHub: FrankieShao / PullToRefresh-Compose

GitHub user FrankieShao brings us a pull-to-refresh implementation that works for LazyRow() as well as LazyColumn(). It also offers support for custom loading indicators.

Notable Releases

Horologist is now up to 0.6.13, connecting to beta versions of Wear Compose and Compose, plus offering improvements to layout behavior on larger Wear OS devices.

CashApp’s molecule reached a milestone 2.0.0 release. It adds support for Kotlin 2.0.0 and replaces their Gradle plugin with JetBrains’, which requires you to add a runtime dependency for any module using molecule code.

Circuit — Slack’s opinionated framework for constructing Compose-based UIs — now has a 0.21.0 release with support for Compose for Web/Wasm.