Android for Beginners
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In Android, Custom Components are a powerful way to create reusable and complex layouts. They allow you to encapsulate a part of your UI into a separate class, which can be reused across multiple activities or even multiple applications.


What are Custom Components?

Custom Component in Android is a subclass of a View or ViewGroup class. It allows you to create a component that has a specific behavior and appearance, which can be reused wherever you need it in your application.

Here’s an example of how to create a custom component:

public class MyCustomView extends View {
public MyCustomView(Context context) {

protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
// Your drawing code goes here

You can use this custom view in your layout file like this:

android:layout_height="match_parent" />



Why use Custom Components?

Custom components are useful for several reasons:

  1. Reusability: If you find yourself using the same combination of views in multiple places, a custom component can help you avoid repeating your layout code.

  2. Encapsulation: By encapsulating the layout and behavior in a single class, you can make your code cleaner and easier to maintain.

  3. Customization: Custom components allow you to create unique UI elements that are not available in the standard Android widgets.