Synopses & Reviews
Build mobile apps efficiently with Kivy, the Python-powered graphical toolkit for creating natural user interfaces with elegant multitouch support. With this hands-on guide, youll learn step-by-step how to build and deploy a complete Kivy app for iOS and Android devices. If youre just beginning to work with Python, but are reasonably familiar with its syntax, youre ready to go.
Each chapter includes exercises, using examples that run on Python 3 and Python 2.7. Learn how Kivy simplifies mobile development with its cross-platform API and domain-specific Kv language, and why this free and open source toolkit is ideal for commercial products.
- Design custom widgets with the Kv language
- Delve into Kivy events, event handlers, and properties
- Dynamically change which Kivy widgets are displayed
- Understand and apply iterative development principles
- Create basic animations, using Canvas and graphics primitives
- Store local data with Kivys powerful key value store
- Add basic gestures to switch between app views
- Improve your apps usability with Kivys built-in widgets
- Deploy the app to your Android or iOS device, using Buildozer
If youre familiar with Python, youre ready to start building Android apps with the Kivy graphical interface framework. This hands-on book introduces Kivy through a series of easy-to-digest stages, beginning with the most basic example and then building on it step-by-step. Youll learn how to create multi-touch gestures and other input methods for Android devices, and build a working app that you can distribute through Google Play.
Kivy is the only viable way to to run Python on Android and iOS devices. Creating Apps in Kivy is prefect for beginning to intermediate Python programmers who may have trouble with the official Kivy documentation.
- Get started with Kv, Kivys language for designing custom widgets
- Access Android features from Python
- Use Kivy Events and Properties
- Learn how to deploy your Kivy application to Android devices
- Overcome potential stumbling blocks and get debugging advice
About the Author
Dusty Phillips is a Canadian software engineer and author. He holds a master's degree in computer science and is an active member of various open source communities, most notably Python, Arch Linux, and Gittip. He has written two previous books and won the 2010 Django Dash.