Introducing Anko1:25 with Ben Deitch
Anko is a new library by Jetbrains which makes Android development a lot easier!
[MUSIC] 0:00 Hey, there. 0:04 I'm still Ben and we're still learning about Kotlin. 0:05 But at this point, 0:08 I think you've learned enough Kotlin that we can start learning about Anko. 0:09 Anko is a library which makes Android development faster and easier. 0:13 It makes your code clean and easy to read and 0:17 let's you forget about the rough edges of the Android SDK. 0:20 More specifically, Anko gives us a way to define our layouts and 0:23 code instead of XML. 0:27 With Anko we can greatly simplify our projects and 0:28 enjoy much easier code reuse with our layouts. 0:31 It's great stuff and I'm sure you'll love it. 0:35 But before we get any further, a quick warning. 0:37 At the moment Anko has yet to reach version 1.0. 0:40 And while there are a bunch of Android companies already using Kotlan or 0:43 at least looking into it, there aren't as many using Anko. 0:47 That said, just like Kotlan, Anko comes to us from Jetbrains. 0:50 So even though it's not as widespread as something like RxJava, 0:54 I'm not too concerned about it becoming obsolete anytime soon. 0:57 Another thing to keep in mind is that using Anko, or even Kotlan for 1:01 that matter, is just another way to make an Android app. 1:04 I'm not here to tell you that one way is better than another, but 1:08 I do think Anko's pretty cool. 1:11 Now, before we can really sink our teeth into Anko, 1:13 we'll need to have an Android project. 1:15 And that Android project, will need to be all set up with Kotlan. 1:18 So whenever you're ready, join me in the next video and we’ll do just that. 1:21
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