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Customizing Android ListView Rows by Subclassing

April 21, 2014 | Android
Every Android programmer will at some point customize a ListView row by creating their own layout and populating it with data. When that happens, you’ll probably reach for the Holder pattern. But the Holder pattern is clumsy and full of boilerplate, and we can do better. In this post, we explore an alternative that uses a subclass of RelativeLayout to encapsulate the customization work.
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Xcode Breakpoint Wizardry for Debugging

November 7, 2013 | iOS | Mac

Every great developer should know how to use a debugger. Xcode has an excellent debugger UI that wraps LLDB (or, if you’re living in the past, GDB), giving you access to all the standard tricks like breakpoints, stepping in and out and around your code, and stack frame details.

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Ask Big Nerd Ranch

May 19, 2010 | iOS | Mac

Let’s face it. We all have questions. Why is the sky blue? What shirt will I wear today? Why does mommy spend so much time on the phone with “the handyman?” Thanks to the Big Nerd Ranch, there is now a place to ask these questions, and more.

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