Android ListView (Scrolling ViewGroup) Hide/Disable Scrollbars

In Android, if you’ve ever wanted to sort of disable the scrollbars of a scrolling ViewGroup like a ListView, GridView, ScrollView, etc. then there are a few tricks to do that. I’ve tried to compile a set of such tricks to disable (or just hide) scrollbars for such scrolling View Groups.

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Android Scroll to Top of ScrollView with ListView and Other Child Views (Initial Jump Issue)

In my Android app, I was working in an Activity where I had a ScrollView containing a LinearLayout (could be a RelativeLayout too though) that had a few Views at the top followed by a ListView in the end that was long enough to move out of the bottom edge and add scrollbars to itself. Since I’d set a height to the ListView the ScrollView gained it’s vertical scrollbars.

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Android Push Notifications with Parse.com

If you want to send messages upstream and downstream from your Parse backend to your app and vice-versa then thankfully Parse does allow you to do that. Parse allows you to send unlimited push notifications to 1 million unique recipients (devices). Then they charge $0.05 per 1000 recipients extra. That’s awesome!

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Android Push Notifications with PubNub Data Streams (via GCM)

PubNub is a SaaS platform that lets us build realtime applications fairly quick by taking implementing websockets and a neat pub/sub API based model along with several other nice features. It’s supported across all sorts of platforms that you can think of like PHP, Ruby, Python, Android, iOS, Java, embedded systems, etc. I’ve covered how to setup it’s Android SDK and the basic usage before. In this tutorial I’d like to cover how we can use it to send Push Notifications via its own REST APIs as well as Google Cloud Messaging (GCM). I’ve already covered Android messaging (showing up as Notifications) via GCM before.

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Android Push Notifications with Google Cloud Messaging

We’re all familiar with the notifications that we receive from various apps on Android (even other platforms like iOS) that keeps us informed about relevant and timely events that occur in the pertaining app. Like new chat messages from WhatsApp or Emails from Gmail or a new friend request on Facebook. They’re like alerts for any important events occuring inside the app when the user hasn’t or is not using it which is sort of obvious as one won’t keep an app open and stare at it for good.

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Understanding Android Pending Intents

PendingIntent is basically an object that wraps another Intent object. Then it can be passed to a foreign application where you’re granting that app the right to perform the operation, i.e., execute the intent as if it were executed from your own app’s process (same permission and identity). For security reasons you should always pass explicit intents to a PendingIntent rather than being implicit.

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