Chapter 1. Working your way around layouts

In this chapter, we’ll cover tips and recommendations for Android layouts. You’ll learn how to create certain types of layouts from scratch as well as how to improve upon existing ones.

Hack 1 Centering views using weights: Android v1.6+

At an Android talk I gave to a group of developers, when I was explaining how to create a view using an XML file, someone asked, “What should I write if I want a button to be centered and 50% of its parent width?” At first I didn’t understand what he was asking, but after he drew it on the board, I understood. His idea is shown in figures 1.1 and 1.2.

Figure 1.1. Button with 50% of its parent width (portrait)
Figure 1.2. Button with 50% of its parent width (landscape) ...

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