Beginning Android Layouts

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You will learn the basics of creating Android user interfaces, starting with layouts such as LinearLayout, and then switch to using the newer ConstraintLayout. By Joe Howard.

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Part 1: Introduction to Android Layouts

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In this introductory video, you'll find out what's covered in our Beginning Android Layouts video tutorial series.

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Download the starter app and build in in Android Studio, and take a peek at the included starter layout files.

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Learn about the foundation of all Android layouts, the ViewGroup class, and explore the layout editors in Android Studio.

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Be introduced to the concept of the view hierarchy, and begin your study of layouts by seeing how to define view widths and heights.

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Learn how to specify size units in Android, and use those size units to space views via margins and padding.

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In this video, you will practice adding padding to a view, through a hands-on challenge. Give it a try!

Conclusion 1:11
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In this video, we'll review what you've covered in this first section, and discuss what's next in our Beginning Android Layout course.

Part 2: Basic Layout Types

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In this video we will review the basic layout types that you'll learn about in this section of our Beginning Android Layouts course.

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Learn about how to use the RelativeLayout ViewGroup to position sibling views with specific relationships to one another.

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Learn how to align elements using the layout_gravity and gravity tags, and do some code and design cleanup.

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In this video tutorial you will practice creating a RelativeLayout, through a hands-on challenge. Give it a try!

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Learn about how to use the LinearLayout ViewGroup to position views along a horizontal or vertical dimension.

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Discover how to use layout_weight with LinearLayout, in order to divide the shared size between sibling views in a specific ratio.

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In this video tutorial you'll practice creating a LinearLayout, through a hands-on challenge. Give it a try!

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Learn about how to use the FrameLayout ViewGroup to create a layering of views, and how to switch between the layers.

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In this video you'll practice creating an empty state using FrameLayout, through a hands-on challenge.

Conclusion 1:37
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Let's review what you learned about the basic layout types, and discuss what's next in this Beginning Android Layout course.

Part 3: ConstraintLayout

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Let's review what you'll be learning in this section by introducing ConstraintLayout and constraints.

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In this video you'll use the converter built-in to Android Studio to convert an existing layout to ConstraintLayout.

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In this video you'll create a new ConstrainLayout from scratch, utilizing the layout editor editing controls.

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In this video, you'll practice converting an existing layout to ConstraintLayout, through a hands-on challenge.

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In this video you'll practice programmatically hiding empty views in a ConstraintLayout, through a hands-on challenge.

Conclusion 1:18
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Let's review what you've learned about ConstraintLayout, and discuss what's next in this Beginning Android Layout course.

Part 4: Configuration Changes

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Let's discuss why it's important to handle both portrait mode and landscape mode device configurations.

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Learn about how resource qualifiers are used to handle different device densities and also for localization.

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See how to create a layout file tailored specifically for when the device is in the landscape orientation.

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In this video you'll practice creating a landscape mode layout, through a hands-on challenge. Give it a try!

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Remove all of the nested layouts in an existing layout to create a completely flat ConstraintLayout.

Conclusion 2:45
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In this final episode, you'll get a summary of the course as well as see an overview of Android layout topics that were not covered.