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Proteus: Android Layout Engine
Submitted by Aditya Sharat (@adityasharat) on Monday, 8 August 2016
Section: Full talk (40 minutes) Technical level: Advanced
Proteus is meant to be a drop-in replacement for Android’s
LayoutInflater; but unlike the compiled XML layouts bundled in the APK, Proteus inflates layouts at runtime.
This talk will focus on why we built Proteus and how it helped us perform A/B tests and build custom brand pages without any App release.
With Proteus, you can control your Apps layout from the backend (no WebViews). Forget the boilerplate code to
findViewById, cast it to a
TextView, and then
setText(). Proteus has runtime data bindings and formatters. Plugin in your own custom views and attributes and formatters.
- What are we trying to solve, and why?
LayoutInflater, and how it doesn’t work.
- How Proteus works.
- What you can achieve.
- There are others out there; kind of
Intermediate knowledge of the Android Framework
- XML layout and
- Building and deploying Android apps.
Aditya is a Software Development Engineer at Flipkart. He is part of the team which build Proteus. He works on developing libraries, frameworks and tools to promote decoupling, abstraction, code reusability, extensibility, and stability. He is also a full-stack Web Developer specializing in development of high-performance web applications.