Monday, 8 June 2015

Do's and Don'ts for Android development, by Futurice developers

Best practices in Android development

Use Gradle and its recommended project structure

Put passwords and sensitive data in

Don't write your own HTTP client, use Volley or OkHttp libraries

Use the Jackson library to parse JSON data

Avoid Guava and use only a few libraries due to the 65k method limit

Use Fragments to represent a UI screen

Use Activities just to manage Fragments

Layout XMLs are code, organize them well

Use styles to avoid duplicate attributes in layout XMLs

Use multiple style files to avoid a single huge one

Keep your colors.xml short and DRY, just define the palette

Also keep dimens.xml DRY, define generic constants

Do not make a deep hierarchy of ViewGroups

Avoid client-side processing for WebViews, and beware of leaks

Use Robolectric for unit tests, Robotium for connected (UI) tests

Use Genymotion as your emulator

Always use ProGuard or DexGuard

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