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? Architecture

Follows new architecture guide updated on 14 December 2021 from revamped guide to app architecture.

? Layer of this app.

Network Repository ViewModels Screens
—> Source


? App Overview Compose Blog

Android app built with Jetpack Compose shows actors information fetched from Tmdb Api.
You may install and try to understand the code better, but make sure you provide your own Tmdb api
key for data to show up in directory /utils/ApiKey.kt.

Screen Preview
Home Screen (Default destination)

• Shows category list of actors in row of type popular & trending.
• Has it’s own ViewModel to manage it’s ui state.
• Custom TopAppBar container with search box.
• Navigates to Search screen clicking search box.
• Navigates to Detail screen with castId clicking any cast item.
• If user is offline snackbar message is shown.
• CircularProgressIndicator will be shown untill data is fetched.
• Image fetching with Coil, manages state error/placeholder.

Home screen preview
Search Screen

• Shows list of actors based on user submitted query.
• Animatable shapes infinitely repeatable.
• Has it’s own ViewModel to manage it’s ui state.
• TextField contained in TopAppBar completely transparent.
• Navigates to Detail screen with castId clicking any cast item.
• Screen and animation state changes on search began.
• Handles query & value changes correctly to fetch results.
• Draw Arc/Line on canvas & animate to shape shift like search icon.
• Different colors for animatables for both light/dark theme.

Search screen preview
Detail Screen

• Shows user selected actor from other screens.
• Has it’s own ViewModel to manage it’s ui state.
• Reveal effect animation added to few composables.
• CircularProgressIndicator will be shown untill data is fetched.
• Image fetching with Coil, manages state error/placeholder.
• Background image with gradient foreground effect.
• Draws dynamic color behind system bars.

Detail screen preview

? Search Animation

// Simple progressive circle looking animation
val animateCircle = remember { Animatable(0f) }.apply {

fun AnimateShapeInfinitely(
    // shape which will be animated infinitely.
    animateShape: Animatable<Float, AnimationVector1D>,
    // final float state to be animated.
    targetValue: Float = 1f,
    // duration took for animating once.
    durationMillis: Int = 1000
) {
    LaunchedEffect(animateShape) {
            targetValue = targetValue,
            animationSpec = infiniteRepeatable(
                animation = tween(durationMillis, LinearEasing),
                repeatMode = RepeatMode.Restart

Although I couldn’t fully achieve the desired result as I imagined, I’ve settled for this current
state for now.

Offline Dark

Calling the function once will draw a circle, in my example I have drawn it thrice with differnt colors, radius and scales.

    scale = scaleInfiniteTransition(targetValue = 2f, durationMillis = 600),
    color = circleColor,
    radiusRatio = 4f

I have kept all initial states of 3 circles to 0f to make end result much smoother.
Random or uneven gaps between initial/target/durationMillis will make end animation look more abrupt and aggressively pushing it’s bounds.

private fun scaleInfiniteTransition(
    initialValue: Float = 0f,
    targetValue: Float,
    durationMillis: Int,
): Float {
    val infiniteTransition = rememberInfiniteTransition()
    val scale: Float by infiniteTransition.animateFloat(
        initialValue = initialValue,
        targetValue = targetValue,
        animationSpec = infiniteRepeatable(
            animation = tween(durationMillis, easing = LinearEasing),
            repeatMode = RepeatMode.Reverse
    return scale

fun DrawCircleOnCanvas(
    scale: Float,
    color: Color,
    radiusRatio: Float
) {
        modifier = Modifier
            .graphicsLayer {
                scaleX = scale
                scaleY = scale
    ) {
        val canvasWidth = size.width
        val canvasHeight = size.height
            color = color,
            center = Offset(
                x = canvasWidth / 2,
                y = canvasHeight / 2
            radius = size.minDimension / radiusRatio,

? Offline state

Dark Light
Offline Dark Offline Light

Show a Snackbar message with SnackbarHostState.

if (!isOnline) {
    LaunchedEffect(scope) {
        scope.launch {
                message = context.getString(R.string.offline_snackbar_message),
                duration = SnackbarDuration.Indefinite


All screens have their own ViewModels for managing the ui state.

class HomeViewModel(
    application: Application,
    private val repository: AppRepository
) : AndroidViewModel(application) {

    // Holds the state for values in HomeViewState
    var uiState by mutableStateOf(HomeViewState())
        private set

    init {
        // Update the values in uiState from all data sources.
        viewModelScope.launch {
            uiState = HomeViewState(isFetchingActors = true)
            val popularActorsList = repository.getPopularActorsData()
            val trendingActorsList = repository.getTrendingActorsData()
            uiState = HomeViewState(
                popularActorList = popularActorsList,
                trendingActorList = trendingActorsList,
                isFetchingActors = false

Model for UI state of the screen.

data class HomeViewState(
    var popularActorList: List<Actor> = emptyList(),
    var trendingActorList: List<Actor> = emptyList(),
    val isFetchingActors: Boolean = false,

ViewModel used in a screen-level composable.

fun HomeScreen(
    viewModel: HomeViewModel
) {
    val uiState = viewModel.uiState
    Box {


All ViewModels have access to repository which has single instance.

class AppRepository {

    private val networkDataSource by lazy { NetworkDataSource() }

    suspend fun getPopularActorsData(): List<Actor> {
        val listData: List<Actor>
        withContext(Dispatchers.IO) {
            listData = networkDataSource.getPopularActors()
        return listData

Instantiated repository will be passed to all ViewModels.

val repository = (application as ComposeActorsApp).repository

    navController = navController,
    startDestination = startDestination
) {
        "Destination Route"
    ) {
            viewModel = viewModel(
                factory = HomeViewModel.provideFactory(
                    application, repository

? Structure

? data ? navigation ? repository ? root
? NetworkDataSource.kt
? JsonRemoteData.kt
? Urls.kt
? AppActions.kt
? AppDestinations.kt
? AppNavigation.kt
? AppRepository.kt ? MainActivity.kt
? Application.kt
? ui ? utils ? model
? home
? details
? search
? components
? theme
? InfiniteFlowingThings.kt
? RevealEffect.kt
? Utilities.kt
? DynamicThemeGenerator.kt
? NetworkManager.kt
? NetworkQueryUtils.kt
? Actor.kt
? ActorDetail.kt
? Movie.kt

? Packages in ui

? home ? details ? search ? components ? theme
? HomeScreen.kt
? HomeViewModel.kt
? DetailsScreen.kt
? DetailsViewModel.kt
? SearchScreen.kt
? SearchViewModel.kt
? AnimatedSearch.kt
? AppBars.kt
? Components.kt
? NetworkImage.kt
? Progress.kt
? Color.kt
? Shape.kt
? Theme.kt
? Type.kt

? Image loading with Coil

Reusable composable used in all screens to load image from an Url.

fun LoadNetworkImage(
    imageUrl: String,
    contentDescription: String,
    modifier: Modifier,
    shape: Shape
) {
        painter = rememberImagePainter(
            data = imageUrl,
            builder = {
        contentDescription = contentDescription,
        contentScale = ContentScale.Crop,
        modifier = modifier
            .background(color = MaterialTheme.colors.surface)

Then we will just call the composable anywhere in app screens.

    imageUrl = "https://image_url",
    contentDescription = stringResource(R.string.cd_movie_poster),
    modifier = Modifier.size(100.dp, 150.dp),
    shape = MaterialTheme.shapes.medium,

? App Theme

? Material Design 3.

Followed theming and color practices from Material Theme Builder Web Tool.
Learn more here


// Light theme colors
val light_primary = Color(0xFFaa370c)
val light_onPrimary = Color(0xFFffffff)
val light_background = Color(0xFFFFFAF9)
val light_onBackground = Color(0xFF211a18)
val light_surface = Color(0xFFFFE6DB)
val light_onSurface = Color(0xFF211a18)

// Dark theme colors
val dark_primary = Color(0xFFffb59c)
val dark_onPrimary = Color(0xFF5f1600)
val dark_background = Color(0xFF211a18)
val dark_onBackground = Color(0xFFede0dc)
val dark_surface = Color(0xFF302522)
val dark_onSurface = Color(0xFFede0dc)


val LightColorPalette = lightColors(
    primary = light_primary,
    onPrimary = light_onPrimary,
    background = light_background,
    onBackground = light_onBackground,
    surface = light_surface,
    onSurface = light_onSurface,

val DarkColorPalette = darkColors(
    primary = dark_primary,
    onPrimary = dark_onPrimary,
    background = dark_background,
    onBackground = dark_onBackground,
    surface = dark_surface,
    onSurface = dark_onSurface

⚪⚫ Light/Dark theme screenshots

Home Search Detail
Home Dark
Home Light
Search Dark
Search Light
Detail Dark
Detail Light

? Blog

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? Motivation and Context

Jetpack Compose is Android’s modern toolkit for building native UI. It enables you to quickly
bring your app to life with less code, powerful tools, and intuitive Kotlin APIs.

Understanding to implement own Theme Shape Typography Color has became bit easier by
referring to lot of official jetpack compose samples which are available in GitHub.

Best of all we got to do this in Kotlin way. Excited and long way to go from here.

? Credits

? JetCaster

Check the official JetCaster example from Android Team, I have used their code to generate Swatch with Palette Api in my Detail screen.

? Tmdb Api

Images and all information in app belongs to and taken from Tmdb Api.
I do not own any of it and only made use of it for this app demonstration purpose.

Obtain your own Tmdb Api Key
from here


Copyright 2021 Rajasekhar K E

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