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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Flutter - Playing local, network and youtube videos with video player plugin.

If you're creating an application that supports videos feature then you have to use a video player. The Flutter team have created a Video Player widget to display a video in Flutter application.

flutter video player example
The Video Player widget can play multiple types of videos that may be stored in the mobile, as an asset, and from the internet. This plugin allows flutter to interface with the platform's native video players. In iOS, the video player widget uses AVPlayer to handle playback and it does not work on iOS simulators. So, you have to test videos on real iOS devices. In Android, the video player widget uses ExoPlayer to play a video. 


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Flutter - Draw custom shaps with clip path.

As we know, Flutter is a Mobile UI framework by Google which allows developers to create beautiful apps for both iOS and Android with a single codebase. 

flutter clip path exampleApart from inbuilt widgets that is Flutter framework provides us, we can draw a custom shape that is called Clipping. In a Flutter application, we use clipping to create awesome looking, custom user interfaces with special effects. A widget that clips its child using a path and calling a callback on a delegate whenever the widget is to be painted. The callback returns a path and the widget prevents the child from painting outside the path.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Android - Configuring SonarQube with Android Studio project.

CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment) is the backbone of the organizations to build a good quality products. The CI/CD bridges the gap between development and operations teams by automating build, test, and deployment of applications. It helps the development team to find code smells in the projects.

sonar qube installation in Android Studio project
Code smells are bugs in your code that produce the performance issue of the Application. We can find this smell with the help of the various tool. The tool can help you define custom rules, in addition to the common code smell patterns, externalize these rules and have the flexibility to apply them to the code at the project level, department level and at the enterprise level.  

The SonarQube is an open-source service that can scan code in 25+ languages and generates reports of smells, vulnerabilities, and bugs. It provides a beautiful dashboard scanning data where we can analyze our code quality. SonarQube is a big step toward automating development operations as it enables continuous code inspection that will improve code quality and ensures clean code.  It can easily be integrated right into the CI/CD process, which will enable continuous inspection of code for bugs, vulnerabilities, and smells, and can be extended. SonarQube can also be extended by using plugins. For example, we can use the CodeAnalyzer plugin to measure cyclomatic complexity.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Flutter - Web view widget and progress bar.

WebView in a mobile application allows us to integrate a web page as a part of the app. It comes with all the features for managing history, cookies, HTML5 support and lot more. 

flutter web view url loading example with progress bar
Using webview, you can build very cool apps like integrating HTML5 games, show text, audio, video, animation and more in the mobile app. The web page can be loaded from the same application by using a url address. It is the responsibility of a web browser to interpret text and commands that contained in the web page.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Flutter - Text widget with read more or expand feature.

In the mobile applications, sometimes we have to create an item that shows only two or three lines of the complete paragraph. To create such kind of view, we have a to add a button that displays complete content. When the user clicks on that button.

flutter read more textview widgetThe read more or expandable feature in a Text and other widgets will help you to show large sentences or paragraphs.  It shows complete paragraphs when a user clicks on read more button. We can display these feature at the end of sentences, as you can see below. The Flutter framework provides a Text widget to display content. But it's not providing any expandable feature to display text.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Flutter - Facebook login and authentication example

Today, almost every application provides login with Facebook because it having the biggest social media network in the world. It creates a wide range of users base for your application.
Flutter create facebook label.
The Facebook SDK provides a convenient and secure way for users to log in to an app without go through a sign-up process. Facebook SDK takes care of user’s privacy as well, when people log into your app they can grant permissions to your app. After that, you can retrieve information and perform some actions for your application.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Flutter - Draw SVG and Vector drawables.

The icons or graphics make an application more interactive because users get a rough idea of features of application by just seeing the icon and not reading the text corresponding to the icon. You should use more graphics if your user base is not so literate because the pictorial representations convey a better message to the users.
flutter svg example
So, if you are creating a mobile application with the help of icons. Then you have to support multiple resolutions icons that are sometimes a nightmare to developers. We have to create different mobile sizes icons in mdpi, hdpi, xhdpi, xxhdpi, xxxhdpi, x, 2x, 3x and so on. This will increase the size of your app. 


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Flutter — IDE Shortcuts for Faster and Efficient Development.

The IDE shortcuts help us a lot while developing, especially when we have a lot of code to go through and we have to find the opening and closing brackets, insert and remove the widget.
flutter shortcuts key widgets
If you’re new to Flutter development then you definitely facing problem to understand the nested structures and you spending the whole day for match the opening brackets to their closing ones. To increase development speed, we have to find out all important shortcuts of Flutter framework.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Flutter - Nexmo verify otp plugin.

Nowadays, all applications usually use a SMS text for authentication purpose, like OTP (One-Time-Passwords). Where a message(OTP) is sent by the service-provider. With the help of OTP, we can verify mobile numbers while e-commerce transactions, signing up and logging in the application. 
To make this process effortless we can auto read the OTP as soon as it reaches the user's inbox. This flow helps the user to save a lot of apps switching from application to messenger app and then entering the authentication text to the app again. It is more widespread and safe because it is difficult to hack.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Flutter - Screen navigation with custom transition animations.

The navigation is an important part of any mobile application. To use all the features of an application, we have to navigate between different screens such as, from the list to a detailed screen, from a shopping cart to a checkout screen and many other cases.
custom screen transition flutter If we talk about the native mobile application. The iOS navigation experience is often built-around  UINavigationController, which uses a stack-based approach for navigation between screens. On the Android side, the Activity manages stack for navigation between different screens. Just like the native SDKs, the Flutter frameworks provide some transition widget to achieve screen transitions. 




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