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

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

can be used to release resource or save data onResume() . Or if you defined a "hello" string in an XML resource. For example. you could access it via @string/hello. <activity android:name=". the Location Service.called if the Activity is re-started.8. Eclipse The following assume that you have already Java and Eclipse installed and know how to use Eclipse. 4. For example if the user changes the orientation of the device (vertically or horizontally). Configuration Change An Activity will also be restarted. which can be found here: Eclipse IDE Book for Kindle. A configuration change happens if an event is triggered which may be relevant for the application.content. 4.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social definition. You can also mix both approaches. Android assumes that an Activity might want to use different resources for these orientations and restarts the Activity.7. This is required to install the Android Development Tools.Android Development Tutorial http://www. can be used to initialize fields 4. if a so called "configuration change" happens.xml.vogella. The author of this text has also published a Kindle book on the usage of the Eclipse IDE. Activities and Services extend the Context class and can therefore be used as Context. It also allows the definition of different layouts for different devices.6.1.g.5.always called if the Activity ends. The following Activity will not be restarted in case of orientation changes or position of the physical keyboard (hidden / visible). because of an incoming call. It is the interface to global information about the application environment. At any time the Android system may stop or destroy your application. The tutorial above also describes how to install new components into Eclipse. Context also provides access to Android Services. Reference to resources in XML files In your XML files. Used to save data so that the Activity can restore its states if re-started onPause() . 5.called if the Activity is stopped.ProgressTestActivity" android:label="@string/app_name" android:configChanges="orientation|keyboardHidden|keyboard"> </activity> 4.g. you can refer to it via @color/your_id. The most important methods are: onSaveInstanceState() . In the emulator you can simulate the change of the orientation via CNTR+F11. for example your layout files.Context provides the connections to the Android system. Context The class android. you can refer to other resources via the @ sign. e. if you want to refer to a color which is defined in a XML resource. You can avoid a restart of your application for certain configuration changes via the configChanges attribute on your Activity definition in your AndroidManifest. Installation 5. You find the necessary steps described in the following section of the tutorial: Eclipse Update Manager. The Android system defines a lifecycle for Activities via predefined methods. 7 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Activities and Lifecycle The Android system controls the lifecycle of your application. For an introduction into Eclipse please see the following tutorial: Eclipse IDE Tutorial.

After the new Android development components are installed. if you are using a different flavor of Linux.3.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The Android SDK is 32bit. 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 https://dl-ssl. apt-get install ia32-libs Please check your distribution 5.Android Development Tutorial 8 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . For Ubuntu you can do this via the following command. you will be prompted to install the Android SDK. 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.

9 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . e. In Eclipse open the Preferences dialog via the menu Windows → Preferences. Avoid using spaces in the path name. Manually install Android SDK After the installation of the ADT the Eclipse tooling allows to download the Android SDK automatically. Select Window → Android SDK Manager from the Eclipse menu.Android Development Tutorial http://www.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 5. You also have to define the location of the Android SDK in the Eclipse Preferences.vogella.g.4. which you can extract to any place in your file system. 5. The download contains a zip file. on my Linux system I placed it under "/home/vogella/android-sdks". Install a specific Android version The Android SDK Manager allows you to install specific versions of Alternatively you can also manually download the Android SDK from the Android SDK download page. otherwise you may experience problems with the usage of the Android SDK. Select Android and enter the installation path of the Android SDK.

6.Android Development Tutorial http://www. The sources are downloaded to the source directory located in "path_to_android_sdk/sources/android-xx".6.0.g. After the installation completes. xx is the API level of Android. restart Eclipse.0.1. Select the Google API 15 (Android 4.vogella. You can download it via the Android SDK Manager by selecting the "Sources for Android SDK".jar file in your Android project. 15 for the Android 4.0 the Android development tools provides also the source code. 5. As of Android 4. right click on your android. Select "Available packages" and open the "Third Party Add-ons". 5. Android Source Code The following step is optional. e. To connect the sources with the android.3 Press the "Install" button and confirm the license for all packages.3) version of the SDK and press "Install". As of Android 4. Type in the source directory name and press OK.0 During Android development it is very useful to have the Android source code available.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The dialog allows you to install new packages and also allows you to delete them. 10 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .jar in the Eclipse Package Explorer and select Properties → Java Source Attachment.

More details can be found on the project website.2. Alt+Enter Maximizes the emulator. Emulator Shortcuts The following shortcuts are useful for working with the emulator. e.source.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 5. The ADT allow to deploy and run your Android program on the AVD. which is very slow. 11 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM the size of the SD card.eclipse. This is the value "Device ram size" during the creation of the AVD.Android Development Tutorial http://www. 6. Google vrs. the screen resolution and other relevant settings. Also set the flag "Enabled" for Snapshots.googlecode.3. Prior to Android 4. Also if you have sufficient memory on your computer. 6. Android virtual device . You can define several devices with different configurations. 6. which provide the Android Source code code.5. This will save the state of the emulator and let it start much faster.g. 6. due to some initial setup. add the "Hardware Back/Home keys" property to the device configuration and set it to "false". Use the Eclipse update manager to install the Android Source plugin from the following update site: "http://adtaddons. as for example HVGA.update".Emulator 6.0 introduced that devices do not have to have hardware button anymore. An AVD created for the Google API's will also contain several Google applications. Cloud2DeviceMessaging or Google Maps you must run this application on an AVD with Google API's.ide. F8 Turns network on / off. add at least 1 GB of memory to your emulator. To have a responsive emulator use a small resolution for your emulator. most notable the Google Maps application. Ctrl+F11 changes the orientation of the emulator. The emulator behaves like a real Android device (in most cases) and allows you to test your application without having a real device.1.6. Android AVD During the creation of an AVD you decide if you want an Android device or an Google device. Hardware button Android 4. If you want to use functionality which is only provided via the Google API's. You can configure the version of the Android system you would like to run. An AVD created for Android will contain the programs from the Android Open Source What is the Android Emulator? The Android Development Tools (ADT) include an emulator to run an Android system. Nice for demos.vogella. Starting a new emulator is very slow. If you want to create such an AVD.0 For earlier versions Haris Peco maintains plugins. These devices are called "Android Virtual Device" (AVD) and you can start several in parallel. Performance The graphics of the emulator are rendered in software.

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de/articles/Android/article. Problems with Android Debug Bridge (adb) The communication with the emulator or your Android device might have problems.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social We can also select the box "Enabled" for Snapshots. After (a long time) your AVD starts. Clean Project Several users report that get the following errors: 1. Unable to open class file R.Android Development Tutorial http://www. To test if your setup is correct. 3. You are able to use it via the mouse and via the virtual keyboard of the emulator.. Select therefore the DDMS perspective via Window → Open Perspective → Other → DDMS 13 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 8. This will create the AVD configuration and display it under the "Virtual devices". go to the project menu and select Project → Clean. To solve any of these errors. is missing required source folder: 'gen' 2. This will make the second start of the virtual device much faster.1. The project could not be built until build path errors are 8. Eclipse allows to reset the adb in case this causes problems.vogella. At the end press the button "Create AVD".2.. Project . 8. Error handling and typical problems Things are not always working as they should. This communication is handled by the Android Debug Bridge (adb). select your device and press "Start". This section gives an overview over typical problems and how to solve them.

14 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 8. if you press edit on the AVD you can set the "Ideal size of data partition" property via the "New" button. Timeout during deployment If you face timeout issues during deployment you can increase the default timeout in the Eclipse preferences. Alternative you can set the the data partition size. An Android virtual device provides per default only 64M for internal storage of application.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social You can clean your installed application by re-starting the emulator and selecting the "Wipe user data" flag. To open this view. Install failed due to insufficient storage Sometimes the emulator will refuse to install an application with the error message: INSTALL_FAILED_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE.3. 8. make sure that the android-sdk version is in a path without any spaces in the path name.vogella. For example Java exceptions in your program would be shown here. Select Window → Preferences → Android → DDMS and increase the "ADB connection timeout (in ms)" value. 8. select Window → Show View → Other → Android → LogCat. LogCat The "LogCat" View shows you the log messages of your Android device and help you analyze problems. Emulator does not start If your emulator does not start.Android Development Tutorial http://www.4.5.

3.g.6. e. if you are asked to create a 15 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8. If you see error message with "XX cannot be resolved to a variable". 8. Higher version usually should also work.g. right-click in your Editor and select Source → Organize Imports to important required packages.keystore" file. ". package and application name The tutorials of this document have been developed and tested with Android" under Linux and delete the "debug. Please use this version for all tutorials in this book. Lower version of the Android API might also e. but if you face issues.0. 9. change the Java compiler level to Java 1.6" in the drop-down box. Eclipse Tips To work more efficiently with Eclipse. If you receive an error message for @override. select Properties → Java Compiler → Compiler compliance level and select "1.vogella.6. try the recommended version.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Debug Certificate expired If you get the error message "Debug Certificate expired" switch to the folder which contains the Android AVD. To do this right-click on the project. Missing Imports Java requires that classes which are not part of the standard Java Language be either fully qualified or declared via imports. The base package for the projects is always the same as the project name. This file is only valid for a year and if not present Eclipse will regenerate the password. API version.9. 8. API Level 15.1. 8.7.8. Error message for @override The @override annotation was introduced in Java 1. Conventions for the tutorials 9. 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.

9. Select File → New → Other → Android → Android Project and create the Android project "de.test".1. Android Exercises and Tutorials You find different types of exercises.vogella. 9.2. will not be predefined. for example in layout files. Choose a name you like. Warnings Messages for Strings The Android development tools are show warnings if you use hard-coded strings.vogella. Create Project This app is also available on the Android Marketplace. which must be entered on the Android project generation wizard.example. 16 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .de/articles/Android/ Most exercises try to give you a base example and ask you to extend this example.Android Development Tutorial http://www. others just give you the task to do. Enter the following.3. Your first Android project 10. While for real application its best practice to use string resource files we use use Strings directly to simplify the creation of the examples. Search for "vogella" for find this Some exercises explain every mouse click you have to do. 10. The Application name.temperature".html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social "de.

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Add also the following "String" attributes. <?xml version="1. String Attributes Name celsius fahrenheit calc Value to Celsius to Fahrenheit Calculate Switch to the XML representation and validate the values. The following shows a screenshot of the Palette view from which you can drag and drop new UI elements into your layout.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 19 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 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. Table 1.xml" and open the Android editor via a double-click. For changing the position and grouping elements you can use the outline view.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social "#3399CC" as the value.Android Development Tutorial http://www.vogella. This editor allows you to create the UI via drag and drop or via the XML source code. Please note that the "Palette" view changes frequently so your view might be a bit different.4.

vogella.Android Development Tutorial http://www. drag a Button object onto the layout. Switch to "" 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 . Then. Now select the Palette section “Form Widgets” and drag a “RadioGroup” object onto the layout. Select Delete on the popup menu to remove the text object. From the Palette section Form Widgets. <?xml version="1. The result should look like the following. The number of radio buttons added to the radio button group depends on your version of Eclipse.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android=" Make sure there are two radio buttons by deleting or adding radio buttons to the group.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Right-click on the text object “Hello World. from the “Palette” view. All object types in the section "Text Fields” derive from the class "EditText". Hello!” in the select Text Fields and locate “Plain Text”.xml" and verify that your XML looks like the following. they just specify via an additional attribute which text type can be used. Drag this onto the layout to create a text input field.

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

vogella.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social RadioButton fahrenheitButton = (RadioButton) findViewById(R.os.vogella. text = (EditText) findViewById( to the android. Note that the myClickHandler will be called based on the OnClick property of your { case" 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. The project wizard also created the corresponding Java classs. android. Select “Color” and then “myColor” in the Change your code in ConvertActivity.radio0). <?xml version="1.main). then select Other Properties → All by Name → Background.Activity.widget. android.widget. Code your application During the generation of your new Android project you specified that an Activity called ConvertActivity should get created. import import import import import import android.length() == 0) { 22 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .6.Toast. android.widget. @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. public class ConvertActivity extends Activity { private EditText text. Switch to the "main. setContentView(R.RadioButton. if (text.button1: RadioButton celsiusButton = (RadioButton) findViewById(R.onCreate(savedInstanceState). } // 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.xml" tab and verify that the XML is correctly" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. Right-click on an empty space in Graphical Layout mode.EditText. package de.Android Development Tutorial http://www.temperature.View.

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

The second option is that the app can open a menu which shows additional actions via a popup Definition of menu entries Android provides two possible ways to display global actions which the user can select.Android Development Tutorial http://www. and other interactive items. 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 . Menus and Action Bar 12.vogella. navigation modes.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 12. The Action Bar is a window feature at the top of the activity that may display the activity title. The first one is the usage of the Action Bar in the application.1.

socialapp" with the Activity called "OverviewActivity". 12. The onCreateOptionsMenu() method is only called once.xml" layout file in the diretory "/res/layout/" to the following: <?xml version="1. This example will be extended in the chapter about preferences. Action bar tabs It is also possible to add tabs to an action bar. startActivity(intent). If you want to influence the menu later you have to use the onPrepareOptionsMenu() method." 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 .vogella. The Android platform may also add options to your View.R.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. e. Tutorial: Menus and Action Bar 13. Each Activity has already an instance of the class available and this instance can get accessed via the getMenuInflator() method.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Create a project called "de. // If home icon is clicked return to main Activity case android.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The option menu and the action bar of your activity is filled by the method onCreateOptionsMenu() of your 13.home: Intent intent = new Intent( etc.vogella. A context menu is activated if the user "long presses" the view. The recommendation is to return to the main Activity in your program. Context menus You can also assign a context menu to an UI widget (view).FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP). EditText provides context options to select text. A context menu for a view is registered via the registerForContextMenu(view) method.1.3. 12. Change the "main.class). Project This chapter will demonstrate how to create and evaluate a option menu which is displayed in the action bar if sufficient space is If you select this icon the onOptionsItemSelected() method will be called with the value android. The ActionBar also shows an icon of your application.g.2. OverviewActivity. You can also add an action to this icon.home. The onCreateContextMenu() method is called every time a context menu is activated as the context menu is discarded after its break. In this method you can create the menu programmatically or you can use a pre-defined XML resources which you inflate via the MenuInflator class.

Switch if necessary to the "Layout" tab of the editor. This will create a new file "mainmenu. Android provides a nice editor to edit this file. Press Add and select "Item". right click on it and select New → Other → Android → Android XML File to create a new XML resource.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Select your This defines the entries in your menu. you can open this editor manually. enter as File "mainmenu. Right-click on your menu file and select Open with → Android Menu Editor. unfortunately this editor is not always automatically used due to bugs in the ADT.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Maintain the following value. If that happens. Select the option "Menu". 26 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .xml" in the folder "res/menu" of your project.xml" and press the button "Finish". We will also define that the menu entry is displayed in the action bar if there is sufficient space available.vogella.

Activity. return true. return true. import import import import import import android.LENGTH_SHORT).main).os.layout.MenuItem. 27 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . } @Override public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) { Toast.vogella. The behavior in "onOptionsItemSelected" is currently hard-coded to show a Toast and will soon call the preference settings. setContentView(R. android. menu) Development Tutorial http://www.vogella. The OnCreateOptionsMenu method is used to create the menu. If there would be more items you could press "Menu" on the emulator to see them.inflate(R.view. android. 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. android.socialapp.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Change your Activity class "OverviewActivity" to the As there is enough space in the action bar your item will be displayed there. Toast. "Just a test".makeText(this. } @Override public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) { MenuInflater inflater = getMenuInflater().show().Bundle. public class OverviewActivity extends Activity { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { package de. android. android. If you select the menu item you should see a small info message.view. } } Run your application.

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

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

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

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

Possible values for this attribute are horizontal and vertical. Android supports different default layout managers. Children can also define attributes which may be evaluated by their parent layout.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.vogella.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16. Layout Manager and ViewGroups 16. LinearLayout can be nested to achieve more complex the most relevant layout manager are LinearLayout.Android Development Tutorial <?xml version="1. All layouts allow the developer to define attributes. FrameLayout. Just add one component to the RelativeLayout and set the android:layout_centerInParent attribute to" 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 . As of Android 4. RelativeLayout RelativeLayout allow to position the widget relative to each other. 16. LinearLayout LinearLayout puts all its child elements into a single column or row depending on the android:orientation attribute. horizontal is the default value. A simple usage for RelativeLayout is if you want to center a single component. Available Layout Manager A layout manager is a subclass of ViewGroup and is responsible for the layout of itself and its child Views. This allows for complex layouts.1. RelativeLayout and GridLayout. AbsoluteLayoutLayout is deprecated and TableLayout can be implemented more effectively via GridLayout 16.2.

ScrollView ScrollViews can be used to contain one view that might be to big to fit on one screen.0" android:text="Cancel" > 33 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . and cells. one column.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16. Tutorial: ScrollView Create an android project "de. This layout allows you to organize a view into a Grid.0. Gridlayout GridLayout was introduced with Android 16.vogella.vogella. If the view is to big the ScrollView will display a scroll bar to scroll the context. If not specified GridLayout uses defaults. GridLayout separates its drawing area into: rows.0" android:text="Submit" > </Button> <Button android:id="@+id/Button02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_weight="1.4. 17. 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. Create the following layout and class.Android Development Tutorial http://www. one row and the position of a View depends on the order of the declaration of the Views. columns.scrollview" with the activity "ScrollView".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="" encoding="utf-8"?> <ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas. <?xml version="" 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. e.g. Of course this view can be a layout which can then contain other elements.

android.View. for (int i=0. Styling 18.TextView02). 18.layout.Android Development Tutorial http://www.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social </LinearLayout> </ScrollView> package de. String s="". public class ScrollView extends Activity { /** Called when the activity is first created.scrollview.xml" XML file would be created in the "/res/xml" folder. import import import import android.vogella. Example The following "styles.1. You can define styles in XML and assign them to these elements.widget.Activity. Overview Styles in Android allow to define the look and feel of Android application in external files.main).TextView. This way you only have to set common attributes once and can later change the look in one central place.os. */ @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. 34 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM ". setContentView(R. i++) { s += "vogella.onCreate(savedInstanceState).setText(s). i < 100. } view.Bundle. } } 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. 18. These styles can get assigned to the complete Applications. Activitities or Views. android. TextView view = (TextView) findViewById(R.

e. Fragments 20. Fragments always run in the context of an Activity. Android will automatically scale it. You can therefore use the following formulator to calculate the right amount of pixels for a dimension specified in dp. dp refers to the base line of an Android device. They can be defined via layout files or via coding. This size is also known as mdpi (medium dots per inch). e. Here you can inflate an layout. like ListFragment or DialogFragment. so that it always occupies the same physical space. // Convert the dps to pixels.getDisplayMetrics().vogella.2.1. which was the size of the first Android device (G1).5f).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.g. 240dpi) device. depending on the device. If a Fragment component is defined in an XML layout file. You can use "dp" in your resources. The base class for Fragments is android. if an Activity is destroyed its Fragments will also get destroyed. layout files.Android Development Tutorial http://www. for example to the text elements via style=”@style/text”. Therefore it is recommended never to use fixed sized Using resource qualifiers Android also allows to use resource qualifiers to specify that certain resources should only be used for certain resolutions. Supporting different screen sizes 19. The unit of measurement which should be used is "dp" (which is the same as "dip" but shorter). based on density scale return (int) (input * scale + 0. 320x480 with 160dpi (dots per inch). Using device independent pixel Android devices are different in terms of resolution and in terms of density. On a mdpi device "dp" will be equal to pixel but it will be smaller on a ldpi (approx. If an Activity is stopped its Fragments will also be The onCreateView() method is called by Android once the Fragment should create its user interface. 120dip) and larger on a hdip(approx. 19. The Android SDK expects that you specify everything in pixels. For special purposes you can also use more special classes. Overview Fragment components allow you to organize your application code so that it is easier to support different sized devices. 35 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . the android:name attribute points to the Fragments class. Fragments are components with their own lifecycle and their own user interface. 20. public int convertToDp(int input) { // Get the screen's density scale final float scale = getResources().g. The onStart() method is called once the Fragment gets visible. } 19. If you specify the size in "dp".

The first is again the Fragments which shows the list of names. when the tablet UI uses two Fragments in an activity.update(. but the whole information will be shown on one screen.).id. DetailFragment fragment = (DetailFragment) getFragmentManager().g. a second Activity called DetailActivity will start and show the selected text. if (fragment==null || ! fragment.detail_frag).de/articles/Android/article. On a tablet you see the details immediately on the same screen on the right hand side if you click on item.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social add the action to the history stack of the Activity. e. 36 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . The second Fragment shows the text of the current selected item. This is not limited to tablets. For example. 20. We will also have one main activity and one detailed activity. If the detail fragment is not available the main activity starts the detailed activity.. The entry Activity (called MainActivity of our application ) will use different layouts for portrait and for landscape mode. on a handheld it only contains the main fragment. i. When to use Fragments Fragments make it easy to re-use components in different layouts. 21. This is similar to the portrait mode. When you need to switch Fragments. findFragmentById(R. use the same activity for handsets. This requires that the fragment is not declared in the layout file as such Fragments cannot be removed during runtime. On a handset you jump to a new detail screen. On a tablet the main activity contains both Fragments in its layout. the main activity tells the fragment that is should update itself. this will allow to revert the Fragment changes in the Activity via the back button.vogella. The typical example is a list of items in an activity. If the detailed fragment is there. Use separate activities to host each fragment on a handset. In this case the main activity checks if the detail fragment is available in the layout. It also requires an update of the action bar if the action bar status depends on the fragment. which displays two Fragments for tablets and only one on handsets devices. The following discussion will assume that you have two Fragments (main and detail) but you can also have more.2. But as tablets offer significantly more space you typically include more views into the layout and Fragments makes that easier. It is good practice that Fragments do not manipulate each other.. To check for an fragment you can use the FragmentManager. you can build single-pane layouts for handsets (phones) and multi-pane layouts for tablets. In portrait mode MainActivity will show one Fragment with a list of names. Overview The following tutorial demonstrates how to use Fragments. If the user touches an item in the list.e.isInLayout()) { // start new Activity } else { fragment.Android Development Tutorial http://www. but supply an alternative layout that includes just one fragment. Fragments Tutorial 21. } To create different layouts with Fragments you can: Use one activity. In landscape mode MainActivity will show two Fragments. For this purpose a Fragment typically implements an interface to get new data from its host Activity. The second approach is the most flexible and in general preferable way of using Fragments. In this case you would switch the Fragments in the activity whenever necessary.1. for example you can use Fragments also to support different layout for landscape and portrait orientation. start another activity that hosts the other fragment.

vogella.Bundle. "Max OS X".html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Create a new project de.vogella.fragments.os.ListFragment { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. "Blackberry". This layout will be used by MainActivity in landscape mode and shows two Fragments. This layout will be used by the DetailFragment.onActivityCreated(savedInstanceState) public class ListFragment extends android. First create the following file called "details. "iPhone".3. "Windows7". String[] values = new String[] { "Android". android. Create the ListFragment class.fragments.View.fragments with an Activity called "WebOS".ListFragment" ></fragment> <fragment android:id="@+id/detailFragment" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" class="de. "OS/2" }.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.Preview: layout=@layout/details --> </fragment> </LinearLayout> 21. 21. <?xml version="1. android. "WindowsMobile".com/apk/res/android" 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.ArrayAdapter. import import import import import android. Create layouts for portrait mode Create or change the following layout files in the "res/layout/" folder. Create Fragment classes Create now the Fragment classes. } @Override public void onActivityCreated(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. package de.xml" file.view.xml".Android Development Tutorial http://www. "Linux"" 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 "main. "Ubuntu".DetailFragment" > <! 37 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM

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

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

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

3. For example to change the power settings of your phone. For details please see 41 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . e. set your current geocodes. switch to your "android-sdk" installation directory into the folder "tools". This allows you to simulate certain things. etc. e. You can also uninstall an app via adb with the package name. use the command "quit" or "exit". The application data is stored in the directory "/data/data/package_of_your_app". change the network "stability". Select in the settings Applications > Development. adb uninstall <packagename> 23. ls.Android Development Tutorial http://www.2. // 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. You also need to install the driver for your mobile phone. then enable USB incoming call. mkdir. Use "telnet localhost 5554" to connect to your simulated device.g. Start the shell via the following command "adb shell". If you have several devices running you can issue commands to one individual device. Open a shell. # 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. Uninstall an application via adb You can uninstall an android application via the shell. Deploy your application on a real device Turn on "USB Debugging" on your device in the settings. rm.g. To exit the console session. etc. Emulator Console via telnet Alternatively to adb you can also use telnet to connect to the device.vogella. adb shell You can also copy a file from and to your device via the following commands. # 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. to receive an sms and to get an incoming call make the following.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social You can access your Android emulator also via the console. Switch the data/app directory (cd /data/app) and simply delete your android application.

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