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Creating Apps in Kivy [Paperback]

Dusty Phillips
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27 April 2014 1491946679 978-1491946671 1

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, you’ll learn step-by-step how to build and deploy a complete Kivy app for iOS and Android devices. If you’re just beginning to work with Python, but are reasonably familiar with its syntax, you’re 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 Kivy’s powerful key value store
  • Add basic gestures to switch between app views
  • Improve your app’s usability with Kivy’s built-in widgets
  • Deploy the app to your Android or iOS device, using Buildozer

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (27 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491946679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491946671
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mobile with Python

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting started in Kivy supercharged 18 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book - despite the name is not just applicable to writing mobile apps (iOS or Android) alone. It's a brilliant primer for writing desktop apps too.
It addresses the simple layouts and events and moves on quickly to the important and clear explanation of how to link the GUI description to the Python code making it all a breeze.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Kivy and More 30 May 2014
By Eric Chou - Published on
I was brand new to Kivy and used this book to get an understanding and overview of the tool. The promise of a cross platform framework tool using Python just sounded too good to pass on. Besides teaching about the tool, the author also aims to transfer his knowledge on code patterns, refactoring, and creating manageable code. For me, since I was brand new to the tool, I decided to manually type in all the code and resist the temptation to copy and paste. It was a fitted practice for this book since the book follows the exact process for the author in creating this weather app in Kivy. It was also relatively simple because you really have two files to work on, one Python and one KV file.

The only thing I have slight disagreement with is the author stated that the intended audience is someone who had 'gone thru the Python tutorial' for Python background. I'd say it is a bit more involved than that if you are going into Kivy cold. I was able to follow along until about chapter 5, then I started to loss my logic a bit and found myself going back to the earlier sections/chapters more and more.

Overall this is a good investment of time and effort for me. I learned a new tool and gained some insights into good coding practice. I am happy I found this book and Kivy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Meant for the beginner in Kivy 31 May 2014
By Ruby 'Vette Lover - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book traces a single project throughout all of the chapters. This limits the scope of the material covered. But what the book lacks is readily available online. Do not bother with the recommended program editor. A more generic editor like Ultraedit is a far better buy.
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