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Android Development Tutorial

Based on Android 4.0 Lars Vogel
Version 10.0 Copyright © 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Lars Vogel 06.03.2012
Revision History Revision 0.1 Created Revision 0.2 - 10.0 bug fixing and enhancements 07.07.2009 - 06.03.2012 04.07.2009

Development with Android Gingerbread and Eclipse This tutorial describes how to create Android applications with Eclipse. It is based on Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo), Java 1.6 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Table of Contents 1. What is Android? 1.1. Android Operation System 1.2. Google Play 1.3. Security and permissions 2. Android components 2.1. Activity 2.2. Views and ViewGroups 2.3. Intents 2.4. Services 2.5. ContentProvider 2.6. BroadcastReceiver 2.7. (HomeScreen) Widgets 2.8. Other 3. Android Development Tools 3.1. What are the Android Development Tools? 3.2. Dalvik Virtual Machine 3.3. How to develop Android Applications 4. Android Application Architecture 4.1. AndroidManifest.xml 4.2. and Resources 4.3. Assets 4.4. Activities and Layouts 4.5. Reference to resources in XML files 4.6. Activities and Lifecycle 4.7. Configuration Change 4.8. Context 5. Installation 5.1. Eclipse 5.2. Pre-requisites for using a 64bit Linux 5.3. Install ADT Plug-ins and Android SDK 5.4. Manually install Android SDK 5.5. Install a specific Android version 5.6. Android Source Code 6. Android virtual device - Emulator 6.1. What is the Android Emulator? 6.2. Google vrs. Android AVD 6.3. Emulator Shortcuts 6.4. Performance 6.5. Hardware button 7. Tutorial: Create and run Android Virtual Device 8. Error handling and typical problems 8.1. Clean Project 8.2. Problems with Android Debug Bridge (adb)

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Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8.5. Timeout during deployment 8.6. Install failed due to insufficient storage 8.7. Debug Certificate expired 8.8. Error message for @override 8.9. Missing Imports 8.10. Eclipse Tips 9. Conventions for the tutorials 9.1. API version, package and application name 9.2. Warnings Messages for Strings 9.3. Android Exercises and Tutorials 10. Your first Android project 10.1. Create Project 10.2. Two faces of things 10.3. Create attributes 10.4. Add UI Elements 10.5. Edit UI properties 10.6. Code your application 10.7. Start Project 11. Starting an deployed application 12. Menus and Action Bar 12.1. Definition of menu entries 12.2. Action bar tabs 12.3. Context menus 13. Tutorial: Menus and Action Bar 13.1. Project 13.2. Add a menu XML resource 14. Preferences 15. Tutorial: Preferences 15.1. Using preferences 15.2. Run 16. Layout Manager and ViewGroups 16.1. Available Layout Manager 16.2. LinearLayout 16.3. RelativeLayout 16.4. Gridlayout 16.5. ScrollView 17. Tutorial: ScrollView 18. Styling 18.1. Overview 18.2. Example 19. Supporting different screen sizes 19.1. Using device independent pixel 19.2. Using resource qualifiers 20. Fragments 20.1. Overview 20.2. When to use Fragments 21. Fragments Tutorial 21.1. Overview 21.2. Create project 21.3. Create layouts for portrait mode 21.4. Create Fragment classes 21.5. Create layouts for landscape mode 21.6. Activities 21.7. Run 22. DDMS perspective and important views 22.1. DDMS - Dalvik Debug Monitor Server 22.2. LogCat View 22.3. File explorer 23. Shell 23.1. Android Debugging Bridge - Shell 23.2. Uninstall an application via adb 23.3. Emulator Console via telnet 24. Deploy your application on a real device 25. Thank you 26. Questions and Discussion 27. Links and Literature 27.1. Source Code 27.2. Android Resources 27.3. vogella Resources

1. What is Android?
1.1. Android Operation System
Android is an operating system based on Linux with a Java programming interface. The Android Software Development Kit (Android SDK) provides all necessary tools to develop Android

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run Android programs. Android is currently primarily developed by Google. Android allows background processing, provides a rich user interface library, supports 2-D and 3-D graphics using the OpenGL libraries, access to the file system and provides an embedded SQLite database. Android applications consist of different components and can re-use components of other applications, if these applications declare their components as available. This leads to the concept of a task in Android; an application can re-use other Android components to archive a task. For example you can write an application which integrates a map component and a camera component to archive a certain task.

1.2. Google Play
Google offers the "Google Play" service. Google hosts Android applications and the Google Play application allows to install new Android application on an Android device. Google Play used to be called "Android Market".

1.3. Security and permissions
During deployment on an Android device, the Android system will create a unique user and group ID for every Android application. Each application file is private to this generated user, e.g. other applications cannot access these files. In addition each Android application will be started in its own process. Therefore by means of the underlying Linux operating system, every Android application is isolated from other running applications. A misbehaving application cannot easily harm other Android applications. If data should be shared, the application must do this explicitly, e.g. via a Service or a ContentProvider. Android also contains a permission system. Android predefines permissions for certain tasks but every application can also define its own permissions. An application must declare in its configuration file (AndroidManifest.xml) that it requires certain permissions. Depending on the details of the required permission, the Android system will either automatically grant the permission, reject it or ask the user if he grants this permission to the application during installation. If for example the application declares that it requires Internet access, the user needs to confirm the usage of this permission during installation. This is called "user driven security". The user decides to grant a permission or to deny it. If the user denies a permission required by the application, this application cannot be installed. The check of the permission is only performed during installation, permissions cannot be denied or granted after the installation. Typically not all users check the permissions in detail but some users do. If there is seems to be something strange in connection with them, they will write bad reviews on Google Play.

2. Android components
The following gives a short overview of the most important Android components.

2.1. Activity
Activity represents the presentation layer of an Android application. A simplified (and slightly incorrect)

description is that an Activity is a screen. This is slightly incorrect as Activities can be displayed as Dialogs or can be transparent. An Android application can have several Activities.

2.2. Views and ViewGroups
Views are user interface widgets, e.g. buttons or text fields. The base class for all Views is android.view.View. Views often have attributes which can be used to change their appearance and

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A ViewGroup is responsible for arranging other Views e.g. a ViewGroup is a layout manager. The base class for a layout manager is android.view.ViewGroups. ViewGroup also extends View. ViewGroups can be nestled to create complex layouts. You should not nestle ViewGroups too deeply as this has a negative impact on the performance.

2.3. Intents
Intents are asynchronous messages which allow the application to request functionality from other

components of the Android system, e.g. from Services or Activities. An application can call a component directly (explicit Intent ) or ask the Android system to evaluate registered components for a certain Intent (implicit Intents ). For example the application could implement sharing of data via an Intent and all components which allow sharing of data would be available for the user to select. Applications register themselves to an Intent via an IntentFilter.
Intents allow to combine loosely coupled components to perform certain tasks.

2.4. Services
Services perform background tasks without providing a user interface. They can notify the user via the

notification framework in Android.

2.5. ContentProvider
ContentProvider provides a structured interface to application data. Via a ContentProvider your

application can share data with other applications. Android contains an SQLite database which is frequently used in conjunction with a ContentProvider to persist the data of the ContentProvider.

2.6. BroadcastReceiver
BroadcastReceiver can be registered to receive system messages and Intents. A BroadcastReceiver

will get notified by the Android system, if the specified situation happens. For example a BroadcastReceiver could get called once the Android system completed the boot process or if a phone call is received.

2.7. (HomeScreen) Widgets
Widgets are interactive components which are primarily used on the Android homescreen. They typically

display some kind of data and allow the user to perform actions via them. For example a Widget could display a short summary of new emails and if the user selects an email, it could start the email application with the selected email.

2.8. Other
Android provide many more components but the list above describes the most important ones. Other Android components are "Live Folders" and "Live Wallpapers". Live Folders display data on the homescreen without launching the corresponding application.

3. Android Development Tools
3.1. What are the Android Development Tools?
Google provides the Android Development Tools (ADT) to develop Android applications with Eclipse. ADT is a set of components (plug-ins) which extend the Eclipse IDE with Android development capabilities. ADT contains all required functionalities to create, compile, debug and deploy Android applications from the Eclipse IDE and from the command line. Other IDE's, e.g. IntellJ, are also reusing components of ADT. ADT also provides an Android device emulator, so that Android applications can be tested without a real Android phone.

3.2. Dalvik Virtual Machine

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apk file contains all necessary data to run the Android application and can be deployed to an Android device via the "adb" tool.intent. it must be declared with the full qualified package name. 3.dex file. The Android Market determine based on the versionCode. The Java source files are converted to Java class files by the Java compiler. How to develop Android Applications Android applications are primarily written in the Java programming language. if it should 5 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .apk file) will be created and deployed. All class files of one application are placed in one compressed .action. <?xml version="1.apk (Android Package) file. Google Play requires that every Android application uses its own unique package. The program aapt (Android Asset Packaging Tool) performs this packaging. It must also contain the required permissions for the application. Android Application Architecture 4.xml. the images and XML files.xml The components and settings of an Android application are described in the file AndroidManifest.3. Therefore you cannot directly run Java class files on Android. The resulting .intent. AndroidManifest.0"> <application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name"> <activity android:name=". Android provides a tool called "dx"" which converts Java class files into a dex (Dalvik Executable) file.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas. For example all Activities and Services of the application must be declared in this file. If a Java object lies within a different package. are packed into an .MAIN" /> <category android:name="android. Dalvik uses an own bytecode format which is different from Java bytecode.g. they need to get converted in the Dalvik bytecode format. The Android Development Tools (ADT) allows that all these steps are performed transparently to the user. For example if the application requires network access it must be specified here. This will avoid collisions with other Android applications. During this conversion process redundant information in the class files are optimized in the .android. versionCode must be an integer. e. For example if the same String is found in different class files.Convert" android:label="@string/app_name"> <intent-filter> <action android:name="android. 4.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social applications.vogella.Android Development Tutorial http://www.category. versionName is what the user sees and can be any String.LAUNCHER" /> </intent-filter> </activity> </application> <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="9" /> </manifest> The package attribute defines the base package for the Java objects referred to in this file. either within Eclipse or via the command line. If you use the ADT tooling you press a button or run a script and the whole Android application (. the .dex file and the resources of an Android project.vogella.dex file contains only once reference of this" package="de. android:versionName and android:versionCode specify the version of your application. These dex files are therefore much smaller in size than the corresponding class files.temperature" android:versionCode="1" android:versionName="1.dex Therefore it is a good habit to use your reverse domain name as package The .

4. The usage of resource file makes it easy to provide different resources.intent. R. strings.vogella. In most cases the layout is defined as an XML and Resources The " gen " directory in an Android project contains generated is a generated class which contains references to certain resources of the project. R. The "uses-sdk" part of the "AndroidManifest. colors.4. icons. The Android system provides methods to access the corresponding resource via these ID's.LAUNCHER" defines that this application is added to the application directory on the Android device.action.3. The category definition category android:name=" via the Eclipse ADT tools. The following shows an example in which a Button gets the "button1" ID assigned. their relationship and their attributes for this specific layout.yourString)) method.category. You can for example define values. the corresponding reference is automatically created in R.yourString ID. menus.temperature package. icons or pictures. Assets While the res directory contains structured values which are known to the Android platform. manual changes are not necessary and will be overridden by the tooling. you have to give the View a unique ID via the android:id attribute.MAIN" ).intent. To assign a new ID to a View use @+id/yourvalue. in this example pointing to the Convert class in the de. The @string/app_name value refers to resource files which contain the actual value of the application name. 4. If a View needs to be accessed via Java code. In Java you access this data via the AssetsManager and the getAssets() method .de/articles/Android/article. XML based layouts are defined via a resource file in the /res/layout folder. These resources must be defined in the "res" directory and can be XML files. This will prevent your application being installed on devices with older SDK This file specifies the ViewGroups. e. In your Java code you can later access a View via the method findViewById(R. <Button android:id="@+id/button1" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Show Preferences" > </Button> By conversion this will create and assign a new yourvalue ID to the corresponding View. The tag <activity> defines an Activity.yourvalue). If you create a new resource. for different devices and makes it easy to translate applications.2. Activities and Layouts The user interface for Activities is defined via layouts.xml" file defines the minimal SDK version for which your application is valid. if you roll-out a new version of your application. you would use the getString(R. These references are static int values and define ID's for the resources. The layout defines the included Views (widgets) and their properties. the assets directory can be used to store any kind of data.string. 6 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . is automatically created by the Eclipse development environment. For example to access a String with the R.g. layouts or animations via XML files.string. R.vogella. A layout can be defined via Java code or via XML.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social value by one. An intent filter is registered for this class which defines that this Activity is started once the application starts (action android:name="android. 4.Android Development Tutorial http://www.

4.vogella. For example. can be used to release resource or save data onResume() .Context provides the connections to the Android system. It also allows the definition of different layouts for different devices. You find the necessary steps described in the following section of the tutorial: Eclipse Update Manager.called if the Activity is stopped. The author of this text has also published a Kindle book on the usage of the Eclipse IDE.7. Activities and Services extend the Context class and can therefore be used as Context.ProgressTestActivity" android:label="@string/app_name" android:configChanges="orientation|keyboardHidden|keyboard"> </activity> 4. e. if you want to refer to a color which is defined in a XML resource. The most important methods are: onSaveInstanceState() . You can also mix both approaches.called if the Activity is re-started.xml. you can refer to it via @color/your_id. you could access it via @string/hello. In the emulator you can simulate the change of the orientation via CNTR+F11. you can refer to other resources via the @ sign. The following Activity will not be restarted in case of orientation changes or position of the physical keyboard (hidden / visible). Or if you defined a "hello" string in an XML resource. Reference to resources in XML files In your XML files.g.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social definition.5. A configuration change happens if an event is triggered which may be relevant for the application. can be used to initialize fields 4. for example your layout files. 5. e.6. Context also provides access to Android Services. For an introduction into Eclipse please see the following tutorial: Eclipse IDE For example if the user changes the orientation of the device (vertically or horizontally). Used to save data so that the Activity can restore its states if re-started onPause() . Android assumes that an Activity might want to use different resources for these orientations and restarts the Activity. You can avoid a restart of your application for certain configuration changes via the configChanges attribute on your Activity definition in your AndroidManifest. because of an incoming call. Configuration Change An Activity will also be restarted.8. if a so called "configuration change" happens.Android Development Tutorial http://www. The tutorial above also describes how to install new components into Eclipse. It is the interface to global information about the application environment. Activities and Lifecycle The Android system controls the lifecycle of your application. Eclipse The following assume that you have already Java and Eclipse installed and know how to use Eclipse. the Location Service. This is required to install the Android Development Tools. Context The class android.g.1.always called if the Activity ends. which can be found here: Eclipse IDE Book for Kindle. Installation 5. The Android system defines a lifecycle for Activities via predefined methods. 7 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 4. At any time the Android system may stop or destroy your application. <activity android:name=".

After the new Android development components are installed.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The Android SDK is 32bit. you will be prompted to install the Android SDK. For Ubuntu you can do this via the following command.Android Development Tutorial 8 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . therefore on an 64bit Linux system you need to have the package ia32-libs installed. You can use the following wizard or go to the next section to learn how to do it manually. 5. if you are using a different flavor of Linux.3.vogella. Install ADT Plug-ins and Android SDK Use the Eclipse update manager to install all available components for the Android Development Tools (ADT) from the URL apt-get install ia32-libs Please check your distribution documentation.

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The sources are downloaded to the source directory located in "path_to_android_sdk/sources/android-xx". After the installation completes. As of Android 4.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The dialog allows you to install new packages and also allows you to delete them.0 the Android development tools provides also the source code. You can download it via the Android SDK Manager by selecting the "Sources for Android SDK".0. Type in the source directory name and press OK.1.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Press the "Install" button and confirm the license for all packages.6. As of Android 4. 10 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Select the Google API 15 (Android 4. e.vogella.0 During Android development it is very useful to have the Android source code available. 15 for the Android 4.jar file in your Android project. To connect the sources with the android. Select "Available packages" and open the "Third Party Add-ons".g.3 version. 5. 5. restart Eclipse.jar in the Eclipse Package Explorer and select Properties → Java Source Attachment. xx is the API level of Android.0. Android Source Code The following step is optional. right click on your android.6.3) version of the SDK and press "Install".de/articles/Android/article.

Starting a new emulator is very slow.Emulator 6. These devices are called "Android Virtual Device" (AVD) and you can start several in parallel.vogella. This will save the state of the emulator and let it start much faster. You can configure the version of the Android system you would like to run. due to some initial setup. Nice for demos. Ctrl+F11 changes the orientation of the emulator. add at least 1 GB of memory to your emulator. What is the Android Emulator? The Android Development Tools (ADT) include an emulator to run an Android system. 6. e. You can define several devices with different configurations. If you want to create such an which is very slow. To have a responsive emulator use a small resolution for your emulator. Alt+Enter Maximizes the emulator. More details can be found on the project website. the screen resolution and other relevant settings. 6.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The ADT allow to deploy and run your Android program on the AVD. If you want to use functionality which is only provided via the Google API's. Also if you have sufficient memory on your computer. Performance The graphics of the emulator are rendered in software. 6.googlecode.1. An AVD created for Android will contain the programs from the Android Open Source Project.ide. Prior to Android 4. Emulator Shortcuts The following shortcuts are useful for working with the emulator.3. The emulator behaves like a real Android device (in most cases) and allows you to test your application without having a real device.4. An AVD created for the Google API's will also contain several Google applications. This is the value "Device ram size" during the creation of the AVD.Android Development Tutorial http://www.eclipse. which provide the Android Source code code. Also set the flag "Enabled" for Snapshots.0 For earlier versions Haris Peco maintains plugins.5. as for example HVGA. F8 Turns network on / off.update". Android AVD During the creation of an AVD you decide if you want an Android device or an Google device.2. 11 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . the size of the SD card. Hardware button Android 4. add the "Hardware Back/Home keys" property to the device configuration and set it to "false". Cloud2DeviceMessaging or Google Maps you must run this application on an AVD with Google API's. most notable the Google Maps application.g. Google vrs.2. Use the Eclipse update manager to install the Android Source plugin from the following update site: "http://adtaddons.0 introduced that devices do not have to have hardware button anymore. Android virtual device .source. 6.

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5. LogCat The "LogCat" View shows you the log messages of your Android device and help you analyze problems. 8.Android Development Tutorial http://www.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8.6. 8. Alternative you can set the the data partition size. Timeout during deployment If you face timeout issues during deployment you can increase the default timeout in the Eclipse preferences. For example Java exceptions in your program would be shown here.vogella. An Android virtual device provides per default only 64M for internal storage of application. if you press edit on the AVD you can set the "Ideal size of data partition" property via the "New" button. Select Window → Preferences → Android → DDMS and increase the "ADB connection timeout (in ms)" value. select Window → Show View → Other → Android → You can clean your installed application by re-starting the emulator and selecting the "Wipe user data" flag. To open this view. 8. 14 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . make sure that the android-sdk version is in a path without any spaces in the path name.4.3. Emulator does not start If your emulator does not start. Install failed due to insufficient storage Sometimes the emulator will refuse to install an application with the error message: INSTALL_FAILED_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE.

e. right-click in your Editor and select Source → Organize Imports to important required packages.3. try the recommended version.g.1. if you are asked to create a 15 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . API version.Android Development Tutorial http://www. API Level 15. 8. This file is only valid for a year and if not present Eclipse will regenerate the password. If you receive an error message for @override. Eclipse Tips To work more efficiently with Eclipse.6.6" in the drop-down box.7. Conventions for the tutorials 9.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8. 9. Missing Imports Java requires that classes which are not part of the standard Java Language be either fully qualified or declared via imports. select Properties → Java Compiler → Compiler compliance level and select "1. package and application name The tutorials of this document have been developed and tested with Android 4. The base package for the projects is always the same as the project name. e.vogella. select Window → Preferences → Java → Editor → Save Actions and select that the source code should be formatted and that the imports should be organized at every save. change the Java compiler level to Java 8.g.9. Debug Certificate expired If you get the error message "Debug Certificate expired" switch to the folder which contains the Android AVD. Please use this version for all tutorials in this book. Error message for @override The @override annotation was introduced in Java 1. If you see error message with "XX cannot be resolved to a variable".keystore" file.6.10. ". but if you face issues. To do this right-click on the project. Lower version of the Android API might also" under Linux and delete the "debug. Higher version usually should also work. 8.0.

android. others just give you the task to do.example. Create Project This app is also available on the Android Marketplace.vogella.3.". Android Exercises and Tutorials You find different types of exercises. The Application name. Choose a name you like.2. Most exercises try to give you a base example and ask you to extend this example.test". will not be predefined. Your first Android project 10. Some exercises explain every mouse click you have to do. Search for "vogella" for find this example. which must be entered on the Android project generation wizard. Select File → New → Other → Android → Android Project and create the Android project "de. Enter the following.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social "de. Development Tutorial http://www.vogella. 16 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .vogella. Warnings Messages for Strings The Android development tools are show warnings if you use hard-coded strings. While for real application its best practice to use string resource files we use use Strings directly to simplify the creation of the examples. 9. for example in layout files.

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The following description tries to use the rich UI but for validation the resulting XML is also displayed. 18 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . You can switch between both things by clicking on the tab on the lower part of the screen.g.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social While "res" contains structured values which are known to the Android platform the directory "assets" can be used to store any kind of data. For example in the Package Explorer select "res/layout/main. In Java you can access this data via the AssetsManager and the method getAssets(). 10.Android Development Tutorial http://www. for strings or colors.vogella. e. Create attributes Android allows you to create attributes for resources. in two ways: via a rich editor.xml".g. 10. Two faces of things The Android SDK allows the developer to define certain e. and directly via XML. These attributes can be used in your UI definition via XML or in your Java source code. strings and UI's.

Add UI Elements Select "res/layout/main. Convert!</string> <string name="app_name">Temperature Converter</string> <color name="myColor">#3399CC</color> <string name="myClickHandler">myClickHandler</string> <string name="celsius">to Celsius</string> <string name="fahrenheit">to Fahrenheit</string> <string name="calc">Calculate</string> </resources> 10. <?xml version="1.xml" and open the Android editor via a double-click. 19 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Table 1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <resources> <string name="hello">Hello World. You can switch between both representations via the tabs at the bottom of the editor. String attributes allow the developer to translate the application at a later point. The following shows a screenshot of the Palette view from which you can drag and drop new UI elements into your layout. Please note that the "Palette" view changes frequently so your view might be a bit different. For changing the position and grouping elements you can use the outline view. String Attributes Name celsius fahrenheit calc Value to Celsius to Fahrenheit Calculate Switch to the XML representation and validate the values. This editor allows you to create the UI via drag and drop or via the XML source Development Tutorial http://www. Add also the following "String" attributes.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social "#3399CC" as the value.4.vogella.

com/apk/res/android" android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent"> <EditText android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/editText1" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:text="EditText"></EditText> <RadioGroup android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/radioGroup1" android:layout_width="match_parent"> <RadioButton android:text="RadioButton" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/radio0" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:checked="true"></RadioButton> <RadioButton android:text="RadioButton" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/radio1" android:layout_height="wrap_content"></RadioButton> </RadioGroup> 20 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . The number of radio buttons added to the radio button group depends on your version of drag a Button object onto the layout.vogella. Then. From the Palette section Form Widgets. Drag this onto the layout to create a text input field.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. Hello!” in the layout. Select Delete on the popup menu to remove the text Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Right-click on the text object “Hello World.Android Development Tutorial http://www. The result should look like the following. Make sure there are two radio buttons by deleting or adding radio buttons to the group. Switch to "main. they just specify via an additional attribute which text type can be used. select Text Fields and locate “Plain Text”. Now select the Palette section “Form Widgets” and drag a “RadioGroup” object onto the layout.xml" and verify that your XML looks like the following. from the “Palette” view. <?xml version="1. All object types in the section "Text Fields” derive from the class "EditText".

You can either edit the XML file or modify the properties via right mouse click.Android Development Tutorial http://www. But the right mouse functionality is nice if you are searching for a certain property. Use the right mouse click on the first radio button to assign the "celsius" string attribute to its "text" Typically you change properties directly in the XML file as this is much faster. From now on I assume you are able to use the properties menu on the UI elements. Edit UI properties If you select a UI element you can change its properties via the properties view.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social </LinearLayout> 10. Assign the and "fahrenheit" string attribute to the second radio button. Most of the properties can be changed via the right mouse menu.vogella. Assign "calc" to the text property of your button and assign "myClickHandler" to the "onClick" property.5. 21 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .xml" We will delete the initial text for the EditText field in XML. Open your file "main. Switch back to the "Graphical Layout" tab and check that the text is removed. Set the property "Checked" to true for the first RadioButton. You can also edit properties of fields directy in XML. Switch to the XML tab called "main.xml" and delete the android:text="EditText" property from the EditText part. Set the "Input type" property to "numberSigned" and "numberDecimal" on your EditText.

main).layout.Android Development Tutorial http://www.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.xml" tab and verify that the XML is correctly maintained. import import import import import import android.radio1). } // This method is called at button click because we assigned the name to the // "On Click property" of the button public void myClickHandler(View view) { switch (view.getId()) { case R.6. @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. text = (EditText) findViewById(R. public class ConvertActivity extends Activity { private EditText text.Bundle.temperature.Toast. Code your application During the generation of your new Android project you specified that an Activity called ConvertActivity should get created.radio0). android.widget.os. Right-click on an empty space in Graphical Layout to the following. <?xml version="1.button1: RadioButton celsiusButton = (RadioButton) findViewById(R.length() == 0) { 22 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM Select “Color” and then “myColor” in the list. Switch to the " Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social LinearLayout.EditText.Activity." android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:background="@color/myColor"> <EditText android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/editText1" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:inputType="numberDecimal|numberSigned"></EditText> <RadioGroup android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/radioGroup1" android:layout_width="match_parent"> <RadioButton android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/radio0" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="@string/celsius" android:checked="true"></RadioButton> <RadioButton android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/radio1" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="@string/fahrenheit"></RadioButton> </RadioGroup> <Button android:id="@+id/button1" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="@string/calc" android:onClick="myClickHandler"></Button> </LinearLayout> 10.vogella. RadioButton fahrenheitButton = (RadioButton) findViewById(R.widget. package de. Change your code in ConvertActivity.editText1) setContentView(R. The project wizard also created the corresponding Java then select Other Properties → All by Name → Background. Note that the myClickHandler will be called based on the OnClick property of your button. android. if (text.

toString()). 11. Be and select Run-As → Android Application. fahrenheitButton. } } 10. The result should be displayed and the other option should get selected.7.valueOf(convertCelsiusToFahrenheit(inputValue))).vogella.getText(). right click on it.Android Development Tutorial http://www. You should get the following result.32) * 5 / 9). } } // Converts to celsius private float convertFahrenheitToCelsius(float fahrenheit) { return ((fahrenheit . select your project.setChecked(true). select your conversion and press the button. the emulator starts up very slowly.parseFloat(text. celsiusButton. fahrenheitButton. } // Converts to fahrenheit private float convertCelsiusToFahrenheit(float celsius) { return ((celsius * 9) / 5) + 32. } float inputValue = Float. If you press the Home button you can also select your application. celsiusButton. Type in a number.setChecked(false).isChecked()) { text. } break.valueOf(convertFahrenheitToCelsius(inputValue))). if (celsiusButton.setChecked(false).setText(String .setText(String .html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social return. 23 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Starting an deployed application After you run your application on the virtual device you can start it again on the device.setChecked(true). } else { text. Start Project To start the Android Application.

navigation modes.vogella. The second option is that the app can open a menu which shows additional actions via a popup menu.1. Typically you define your menu entries in a way that they are added to the action bar if sufficient space is available in the 24 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Definition of menu entries Android provides two possible ways to display global actions which the user can select.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 12. and other interactive items. The first one is the usage of the Action Bar in the application.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Menus and Action Bar The Action Bar is a window feature at the top of the activity that may display the activity title.

Android Development Tutorial http://www.home: Intent intent = new Intent(this. OverviewActivity.socialapp" with the Activity called "OverviewActivity". This example will be extended in the chapter about break. The onCreateOptionsMenu() method is only called once. If you want to influence the menu later you have to use the onPrepareOptionsMenu() method.addFlags(Intent. Create a project called "de. The ActionBar also shows an icon of your application.home. The Android platform may also add options to your View. Tutorial: Menus and Action Bar 13. Project This chapter will demonstrate how to create and evaluate a option menu which is displayed in the action bar if sufficient space is available.xml" layout file in the diretory "/res/layout/" to the following: <?xml version="1. Context menus You can also assign a context menu to an UI widget (view).g. // If home icon is clicked return to main Activity case startActivity(intent).0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.class).FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP). A context menu is activated if the user "long presses" the view. e. etc. You can also add an action to this icon.R. intent.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The option menu and the action bar of your activity is filled by the method onCreateOptionsMenu() of your activity. 12. The recommendation is to return to the main Activity in your" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:orientation="vertical" > <Button android:id="@+id/Button01" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Show Preferences" > </Button> <Button android:id="@+id/Button02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Change Preferences" > </Button> </LinearLayout> 25 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Each Activity has already an instance of the class available and this instance can get accessed via the getMenuInflator() method. The onCreateContextMenu() method is called every time a context menu is activated as the context menu is discarded after its Change the "main.1. EditText provides context options to select text.vogella. If you select this icon the onOptionsItemSelected() method will be called with the value A context menu for a view is registered via the registerForContextMenu(view) method. In this method you can create the menu programmatically or you can use a pre-defined XML resources which you inflate via the MenuInflator Action bar tabs It is also possible to add tabs to an action bar. 13. 12.vogella.R.

unfortunately this editor is not always automatically used due to bugs in the ADT. Maintain the following value. Press Add and select "Item".html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Select your project.xml" and press the button "Finish". you can open this editor manually. right click on it and select New → Other → Android → Android XML File to create a new XML resource. This defines the entries in your menu. 26 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .de/articles/Android/article. Right-click on your menu file and select Open with → Android Menu Editor.Android Development Tutorial http://www.vogella.xml" in the folder "res/menu" of your project. Android provides a nice editor to edit this file. enter as File "mainmenu. If that happens. Select the option "Menu". Switch if necessary to the "Layout" tab of the editor. This will create a new file "mainmenu. We will also define that the menu entry is displayed in the action bar if there is sufficient space available. android.onCreate(savedInstanceState).MenuInflater. The OnCreateOptionsMenu method is used to create the menu. The behavior in "onOptionsItemSelected" is currently hard-coded to show a Toast and will soon call the preference settings.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Change your Activity class "OverviewActivity" to the following.Activity.vogella.layout. return true.view. 27 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . android. android.widget. android. Toast. } } Run your application.main).Bundle. If you select the menu item you should see a small info message.view. As there is enough space in the action bar your item will be displayed there. If there would be more items you could press "Menu" on the emulator to see them. import import import import import import android. inflater. package de.socialapp. public class OverviewActivity extends Activity { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.Menu. android.os. return } @Override public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) { MenuInflater inflater = getMenuInflater(). menu).Android Development Tutorial http://www. In case you want to disable or hide menu items you can use the method "onPrepareOptionsMenu" which is called every time the menu is called.makeText(this. "Just a test". } @Override public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) { setContentView(R.LENGTH_SHORT).android.mainmenu.

1.vogella. Preferences Android supports the usage of Preferences to allow you to save data for your application. 15.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Android provides the class "PreferenceActivity" which extends the class Activity.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The two "Preference" buttons are not yet active.xml" of type "PreferenceScreen". 14. Using preferences We will continue using the example project "de. To create or change preferences you have to call the edit() methods. To communicate between different components Android uses Intents. The definition of Preferences can also be done via an XML resource.getString("username".edit(). Create an Android XML resource "preferences.getDefaultSharedPreferences(this). In your application you can access the preference manager via the following: SharedPreferences preferences = PreferenceManager. "n/a"). PreferenceActivity supports the simple handling of preferences. Editor edit = preferences. We will use them in the next chapter. String username =". "new_value_for_user").putString("username". This activity can load a preference definition resources via the method addPreferencesFromResource(). Once you have changed the value you have to call commit() to apply your changes. Typically the PreferenceActivity is started from another activity via an Intent. Values can get access via the key of the preference setting. Tutorial: Preferences Preferences are stored as key values. edit. 28 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .

Press Add. e. 29 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .de/articles/Android/article. add a "PreferenceCategory" and add two preferences "EditTextPreferences" to this category : "User" and "Password".g.vogella.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Open the file via right-mouse click and Open-with → Android XML Resource Editor. You can also enter values for other properties of EditTextField. the inputMethod.Android Development Tutorial http://www.

Button01).PreferenceActivity.PreferenceManager. setContentView(R. import android.widget.SharedPreferences. @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.Editor.getString("username" } 30 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . android. Scroll to the botton of the view and add your new activity via the "Add" button.getDefaultSharedPreferences(this).xml" and the tab "Application".MenuInflater. android.View.xml. public class MyPreferencesActivity extends PreferenceActivity { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.OnClickListener.vogella.socialapp. password). } } To make this class available as an activity for Android you need to register it in your "AndroidManifest.preference.os.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() { public void onClick(View v) { String username = preferences. button. import android.content.view. android. buttonChangePreferences. import import import import import import import import import import import import android. android. showPrefs(username.Bundle. "n/a").Menu.content.widget. To make use of our new preference activity and the preference values we adjust the "OverviewActivity".xml" file and will allow the user to change the values. This Activity will load the "preference.View.onCreate(savedInstanceState) android. android. public class OverviewActivity extends Activity { SharedPreferences preferences. android.view. android. addPreferencesFromResource(R.Button02). Select "AndroidManifest. android. package de.preferences).SharedPreferences.view. android. Button button = (Button) findViewById(R.vogella.vogella.view.view. // Initialize preferences preferences = PreferenceManager.onCreate(savedInstanceState).app.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social android:inputType="textPassword" Create the class MyPreferencesActivity which extends PreferenceActivity.xml" file.layout. } }) package de.getString("password".os.main). String password = "n/a"). The first button will show the current values of the preferences via a Toast and the second button will revert the maintained user name to demonstrate how you could change the preferences via code. Button buttonChangePreferences = (Button) findViewById(R.Android Development Tutorial http://www.MenuItem.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() { public void onClick(View v) { updatePreferenceValue().

buffer. "Reverted string sequence of user name. Toast.makeText(OverviewActivity. 31 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .de/articles/Android/article. // A toast is a view containing a quick little message for the // user.". edit. } To open the new preference Activity we will use the onOptionsItemSelected() method.makeText(OverviewActivity. Toast.LENGTH_LONG). String username = preferences.this.getString("username".class).show().2. i--) { buffer. } // This method is called once the menu is selected @Override public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) { switch (item.append(username. "Enter your user credentials.inflate(R.makeText( OverviewActivity. // We will just revert the current user name and save again StringBuffer buffer = new StringBuffer(). menu).LENGTH_LONG). @Override public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) { MenuInflater inflater = getMenuInflater().this. Press the "menu" hardware button and then select your menu item "Preferences". } private void updatePreferenceValue(){ Editor edit = preferences. We give a little feedback Toast.mainmenu.Android Development Tutorial http://www.1. "n/a").preferences: // Launch Preference activity Intent i = new Intent(OverviewActivity.getItemId()) { // We have only one menu option case R. } return true. "Input: " + username + " and password: " + inflater. i >= 0.toString()). startActivity(i). } 15. // Some feedback to the user Toast. Even though we currently have only one option in our menu we use a switch to be ready for several new menu entries. If you press the second button the username should be reversed.this. } edit.putString("username". Run Run your .html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social private void showPrefs(String username. You should be able to enter your user settings then press the back hardware button to return to your main". The saved values should be displayed in a small message windows (Toast) if you press your first button. To see the current values of the preferences we define a button and use the class PreferenceManager to get the sharedPreferences. Toast.commit(). String password){ Toast. return true. MyPreferencesActivity.edit().this. for (int i = username.

de/articles/Android/article. As of Android 4. A simple usage for RelativeLayout is if you want to center a single component. Just add one component to the RelativeLayout and set the android:layout_centerInParent attribute to true.vogella. Android supports different default layout managers. Children can also define attributes which may be evaluated by their parent layout. LinearLayout LinearLayout puts all its child elements into a single column or row depending on the android:orientation attribute. This allows for complex layouts.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16.Android Development Tutorial" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="vertical" > <ProgressBar android:id="@+id/progressBar1" style="?android:attr/progressBarStyleLarge" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_centerInParent="true" /> 32 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Layout Manager and ViewGroups 16. FrameLayout. AbsoluteLayoutLayout is deprecated and TableLayout can be implemented more effectively via GridLayout 16.3. 16. All layouts allow the developer to define attributes.2. <?xml version="1.0 the most relevant layout manager are LinearLayout. Available Layout Manager A layout manager is a subclass of ViewGroup and is responsible for the layout of itself and its child Views. RelativeLayout RelativeLayout allow to position the widget relative to each other. Possible values for this attribute are horizontal and vertical. RelativeLayout and GridLayout.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. LinearLayout can be nested to achieve more complex layouts.1. horizontal is the default

de/articles/Android/article. You can specify how many columns you want for define for each View in which row and column it should be placed and how many columns and rows it should use.4. and cells. Of course this view can be a layout which can then contain other elements.5. 16. Tutorial: ScrollView Create an android project "de. ScrollView ScrollViews can be used to contain one view that might be to big to fit on one screen. one column. If the view is to big the ScrollView will display a scroll bar to scroll the context.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas.0" android:text="@+id/TextView02" > </TextView> <LinearLayout android:id="@+id/LinearLayout02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" > <Button android:id="@+id/Button01" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_weight="1. This layout allows you to organize a view into a Grid.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Gridlayout GridLayout was introduced with Android 4.scrollview" with the activity "ScrollView"." android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:fillViewport="true" android:orientation="vertical" > <LinearLayout android:id="@+id/LinearLayout01" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:orientation="vertical" > <TextView android:id="@+id/TextView01" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:paddingLeft="8dip" android:paddingRight="8dip" android:paddingTop="8dip" android:text="This is a header" android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge" > </TextView> <TextView android:id="@+id/TextView02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:layout_weight="1.vogella. Create the following layout and class. If not specified GridLayout uses defaults. GridLayout separates its drawing area into: rows. 17. <?xml version="1.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social one row and the position of a View depends on the order of the declaration of the Views.0" android:text="Submit" > </Button> <Button android:id="@+id/Button02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_weight="1.0" android:text="Cancel" > 33 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .

xml" XML file would be created in the "/res/xml" folder. This way you only have to set common attributes once and can later change the look in one central place. TextView view = (TextView) findViewById( } } The attribute "android:fillViewport="true"" ensures that the scrollview is set to the full screen even if the elements are smaller then one screen and the "layout_weight" tell the android system that these elements should be extended. String s="".de ". import import import import android. android.widget.Activity.Android Development Tutorial http://www. public class ScrollView extends Activity { /** Called when the activity is first created. i++) { s += "vogella. i < 100. Styling 18.onCreate(savedInstanceState).1. } view. setContentView(R. Overview Styles in Android allow to define the look and feel of Android application in external files. android. You can define styles in XML and assign them to these elements. 34 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .vogella.View.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social </LinearLayout> </ScrollView> package de. */ @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { Activitities or Views. Example The following "styles.vogella. 18.TextView02). These styles can get assigned to the complete Applications.main).TextView.Bundle.scrollview.setText(s). android. for (int

getDisplayMetrics(). public int convertToDp(int input) { // Get the screen's density scale final float scale = getResources(). // Convert the dps to pixels.g. This size is also known as mdpi (medium dots per inch). If you specify the size in "dp". e. You can therefore use the following formulator to calculate the right amount of pixels for a dimension specified in dp. Android will automatically scale it. The onStart() method is called once the Fragment gets visible. The base class for Fragments is android. The Android SDK expects that you specify everything in 120dip) and larger on a hdip(approx. Using resource qualifiers Android also allows to use resource qualifiers to specify that certain resources should only be used for certain resolutions. On a mdpi device "dp" will be equal to pixel but it will be smaller on a ldpi (approx. 320x480 with 160dpi (dots per inch). layout files.5f). You can use "dp" in your resources.Fragment. 19.Android Development Tutorial http://www. based on density scale return (int) (input * scale + 0. If a Fragment component is defined in an XML layout file. 35 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . if an Activity is destroyed its Fragments will also get destroyed. so that it always occupies the same physical space. like ListFragment or DialogFragment. Here you can inflate an layout. 20. The onCreateView() method is called by Android once the Fragment should create its user interface. Overview Fragment components allow you to organize your application code so that it is easier to support different sized devices.g. depending on the device. e. The unit of measurement which should be used is "dp" (which is the same as "dip" but shorter).html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social <resources> <style name="text"> <item name="android:padding">4dip</item> <item name="android:textAppearance">?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge</item> <item name="android:textColor">#000000</item> </style> <style name="layout"> <item name="android:background">#C0C0C0</item> </style> </resources> You assign the style attribute to your elements. Supporting different screen sizes 19.density. for example to the text elements via style=”@style/text”. Fragments always run in the context of an Activity. They can be defined via layout files or via dp refers to the base line of an Android device. Using device independent pixel Android devices are different in terms of resolution and in terms of density. } 19. which was the size of the first Android device (G1). For special purposes you can also use more special classes.vogella. If an Activity is stopped its Fragments will also be stopped. the android:name attribute points to the Fragments class. 240dpi) device.1.2. Fragments 20. Therefore it is recommended never to use fixed sized dimensions. Fragments are components with their own lifecycle and their own user interface.

if (fragment==null || ! fragment. e. use the same activity for handsets. To check for an fragment you can use the FragmentManager. The following discussion will assume that you have two Fragments (main and detail) but you can also have more. When to use Fragments Fragments make it easy to re-use components in different layouts. DetailFragment fragment = (DetailFragment) getFragmentManager(). but supply an alternative layout that includes just one fragment... It also requires an update of the action bar if the action bar status depends on the fragment. If the detailed fragment is there.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social add the action to the history stack of the Activity. We will also have one main activity and one detailed activity.update(. In this case the main activity checks if the detail fragment is available in the layout. This is not limited to tablets. 21. The typical example is a list of items in an activity.g. Use separate activities to host each fragment on a handset. 36 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . This is similar to the portrait mode.vogella. For example. If the user touches an item in the list. which displays two Fragments for tablets and only one on handsets devices. the main activity tells the fragment that is should update itself.). i. In landscape mode MainActivity will show two Fragments. On a tablet you see the details immediately on the same screen on the right hand side if you click on item. In portrait mode MainActivity will show one Fragment with a list of names. for example you can use Fragments also to support different layout for landscape and portrait orientation. On a tablet the main activity contains both Fragments in its layout. you can build single-pane layouts for handsets (phones) and multi-pane layouts for tablets. On a handset you jump to a new detail Overview The following tutorial demonstrates how to use Fragments. findFragmentById(R.detail_frag). The entry Activity (called MainActivity of our application ) will use different layouts for portrait and for landscape mode. The second approach is the most flexible and in general preferable way of using Fragments.2. The second Fragment shows the text of the current selected item. For this purpose a Fragment typically implements an interface to get new data from its host Activity. It is good practice that Fragments do not manipulate each other. This requires that the fragment is not declared in the layout file as such Fragments cannot be removed during runtime. on a handheld it only contains the main fragment. this will allow to revert the Fragment changes in the Activity via the back button. } To create different layouts with Fragments you can: Use one activity. In this case you would switch the Fragments in the activity whenever necessary. But as tablets offer significantly more space you typically include more views into the layout and Fragments makes that easier. When you need to switch Fragments. a second Activity called DetailActivity will start and show the selected text. If the detail fragment is not available the main activity starts the detailed activity. when the tablet UI uses two Fragments in an activity. The first is again the Fragments which shows the list of names.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Fragments Tutorial 21. start another activity that hosts the other fragment. but the whole information will be shown on one screen.isInLayout()) { // start new Activity } else { fragment.

onActivityCreated(savedInstanceState). 21.fragments.onCreate(savedInstanceState).android. This layout will be used by MainActivity in landscape mode and shows two Fragments.vogella.ListFragment { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.vogella. "Blackberry".com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="vertical" > <TextView android:id="@+id/detailsText" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:layout_gravity="center_horizontal|center_vertical" android:layout_marginTop="20dip" android:text="Large Text" android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge" android:textSize="30dip" /> </LinearLayout> Change the existing " Development Tutorial" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:orientation="horizontal" > <fragment android:id="@+id/listFragment" android:layout_width="150dip" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:layout_marginTop="?android:attr/actionBarSize" class="de. "WindowsMobile". Create Fragment classes Create now the Fragment android. "Ubuntu".DetailFragment" > <!-. <?xml version="1.ListFragment" ></fragment> <fragment android:id="@+id/detailFragment" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" class="de.ListView.ArrayAdapter. First create the following file called "details. 37 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .vogella.Bundle.xml" file.xml". "iPhone" import import import import import android.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. "WebOS". package de. "Windows7". public class ListFragment extends android.content. "Max OS X" } @Override public void onActivityCreated(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.Intent.Preview: layout=@layout/details --> </fragment> </LinearLayout> 21.fragments with an Activity called MainActivity. <?xml version="1. android. "Linux".os. This layout will be used by the DetailFragment.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Create a new project de. Create the ListFragment class. android.fragments.widget.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. String[] values = new String[] { "Android". "OS/2" }. Create layouts for portrait mode Create or change the following layout files in the "res/layout/" folder.4.

Bundle savedInstanceState) { View view = inflater.view. android.ViewGroup.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. Log. } } } Create the DetailFragment class.getApplicationContext(). Create layouts for landscape mode We want that Android uses a different main. return view. In portrait mode Android will check the "layout-port" folder for fitting layout files. item). View v. } @Override public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater. view.setText(item).xml file in portrait model then in landscape mode. "hello"). if (fragment != null && fragment.LayoutInflater.findFragmentById(R.view. android.inflate(R. startActivity(intent). intent.view.xml" file in "layout-port".android.onActivityCreated(savedInstanceState).id. public class DetailFragment extends Fragment { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. } else { Intent intent = new Intent(getActivity(). Only if we would not have a "main. } @Override public void onListItemClick(ListView ViewGroup" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:orientation="horizontal" > <fragment android:id="@+id/listFragment" 38 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .os.putExtra("value".getItem(position). For this reason create the "res/layout-port" folder.5. } @Override public void onActivityCreated(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. DetailActivity.TextView. android. package de. Therefore create the following "main.fragments.Fragment. false).detailsText).Log.util. } public void setText(String item) { TextView view = (TextView) getView().vogella. import import import import import import import android. } } 21.onCreate(savedInstanceState). DetailFragment fragment = (DetailFragment) getFragmentManager() .class). int position.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social setListAdapter(adapter).findViewById(R.detailFragment).Android Development Tutorial http://www. long id) { String item = (String) getListAdapter(). android.setText(item).xml" layout file in "res/layout-port". <?xml version="1. android.isInLayout()) { fragment.vogella. Android would check the "layout" folder.e("Test".

Bundle.content. android. } } 21.Bundle. */ @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="vertical" > <fragment android:id="@+id/detailFragment" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" class="de. but as it is only used in portrait mode it is best practise to place it into this android.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social android:layout_marginTop="?android:attr/actionBarSize" class=" view.res. setContentView(R.vogella. // Need to check if Activity has been switched to landscape mode // If finished and go back to the start Activity if (getResources().fragments.getConfiguration(). Bundle extras = getIntent().detailsText).app.vogella. Run 39 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .Android Development Tutorial http://www.main).fragments.orientation == Configuration.setText(s). Please note that we could have create this file also in the "layout" folder.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. import import import import android. Activities Create a new Activity called DetailActivity with the following class.onCreate(savedInstanceState).ListFragment" /> </LinearLayout> Also create the "details_activity_layout.Activity. package de. <?xml version="1.fragments.details_activity_layout).vogella.layout. } setContentView(R. import android.onCreate(savedInstanceState).Configuration.getString("value").7. if (extras != null) { String s = extras. import TextView view = (TextView) findViewById(R. android.ORIENTATION_LANDSCAPE) { finish(). This layout will be used in the DetailActivity which is only used in portrait mode.vogella. } } } MainActivity will remain unmodified.layout. package de.getExtras()" /> </LinearLayout> 21.TextView. public class DetailActivity extends Activity { @Override protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.os.xml" layout file. public class MainActivity extends Activity { /** Called when the activity is first

22. It also allows the application to set the current geo position and allows you to perform a performance trace of your application.out.2. 22. File explorer The file explorer allows to see the files on the Android simulator.vogella. 23.Dalvik Debug Monitor Server Eclipse provides a perspective for interacting with your Android (virtual) device and your Android application program. DDMS perspective and important views 22. In horizontal mode you should see two Fragments. Select Window → Open Perspective → Other → DDMS to open this perspective.3. 22. DDMS .1.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social to switch the orientation. If you select an item in portrait mode a new Activity should get started with the selected item. Shell 40 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . It includes several Views which can also be used independently and allows for example the application to place calls and send SMS to the Development Tutorial http://www.print() statements) via the LogCat view. LogCat View You can see the log (including System. In horizontal mode your second Fragment should display the select item.

Start the shell via the following command "adb shell".g.g. then enable USB debugging. e. You can also uninstall an app via adb with the package name. You also need to install the driver for your mobile phone. Deploy your application on a real device Turn on "USB Debugging" on your device in the settings.2. set your current geocodes. This allows you to simulate certain things. mkdir.vogella. # connects to device telnet localhost 5554 # set the power level power status full power status charging # make a call to the device gsm call 012041293123 # send a sms to the device sms send 12345 Will be home soon # set the geo location geo fix 48 51 For more information on the emulator console please see Emulator Console manual 24. etc. Use "telnet localhost 5554" to connect to your simulated device. to receive an sms and to get an incoming call make the following. For example to change the power settings of your phone. adb uninstall <packagename> 23. adb shell You can also copy a file from and to your device via the following commands. Switch the data/app directory (cd /data/app) and simply delete your android application. Select in the settings Applications > Development.Android Development Tutorial http://www.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social You can access your Android emulator also via the console. For details please see 41 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . e. Emulator Console via telnet Alternatively to adb you can also use telnet to connect to the device. Open a shell. etc. If you have several devices running you can issue commands to one individual device. change the network "stability". ls.3. The application data is stored in the directory "/data/data/package_of_your_app". incoming call. use the command "quit" or "exit". switch to your "android-sdk" installation directory into the folder "tools". // Assume the gesture file exists on your Android device adb pull /sdcard/gestures ~/test // Now copy it back adb push ~/test/gesture /sdcard/gestures2 This will connect you to your device and give you Linux command line access to the underlying file system. To exit the console session. # Lists all devices adb devices #Result List of devices attached emulator-5554 attached emulator-5555 attached # Issue a command to a specific device adb -s emulator-5554 shell 23. Uninstall an application via adb You can uninstall an android application via the rm.

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