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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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the .android. either within Eclipse or via the command line.apk file contains all necessary data to run the Android application and can be deployed to an Android device via the "adb" tool. Dalvik uses an own bytecode format which is different from Java bytecode. AndroidManifest. Google Play requires that every Android application uses its own unique package. If a Java object lies within a different package.vogella.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.intent.dex file. android:versionName and android:versionCode specify the version of your application. This will avoid collisions with other Android applications.3. It must also contain the required permissions for the application. <?xml version="1. Therefore it is a good habit to use your reverse domain name as package name. The Android Development Tools (ADT) allows that all these steps are performed transparently to the file contains only once reference of this String. The Java source files are converted to Java class files by the Java compiler. For example if the same String is found in different class files.dex file and the resources of an Android project. are packed into an .0"> <application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name"> <activity android:name=".com/apk/res/android" package="de. 3.vogella.g. The program aapt (Android Asset Packaging Tool) performs this packaging. it must be declared with the full qualified package name. The resulting .1.dex file. The .apk file) will be created and The Android Market determine based on the versionCode.apk (Android Package) file. Android Application Architecture 4. If you use the ADT tooling you press a button or run a script and the whole Android application (. Therefore you cannot directly run Java class files on Android. During this conversion process redundant information in the class files are optimized in the . versionName is what the user sees and can be any String.xml. the images and XML files. they need to get converted in the Dalvik bytecode format. 4.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas. How to develop Android Applications Android applications are primarily written in the Java programming language.action.Convert" android:label="@string/app_name"> <intent-filter> <action android:name="android. versionCode must be an integer.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social applications.Android Development Tutorial http://www.temperature" android:versionCode="1" android:versionName="1. For example all Activities and Services of the application must be declared in this file. if it should 5 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . These dex files are therefore much smaller in size than the corresponding class files. Android provides a tool called "dx"" which converts Java class files into a dex (Dalvik Executable) file. e. All class files of one application are placed in one compressed .xml The components and settings of an Android application are described in the file AndroidManifest. For example if the application requires network access it must be specified here.MAIN" /> <category android:name="android.category.

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

you can refer to other resources via the @ sign. Activities and Services extend the Context class and can therefore be used as Context. <activity android:name=". e. Used to save data so that the Activity can restore its states if re-started onPause() . because of an incoming call. This is required to install the Android Development Tools.5. Context The class android. Installation 5.7.1. At any time the Android system may stop or destroy your application.g. A configuration change happens if an event is triggered which may be relevant for the application. For an introduction into Eclipse please see the following tutorial: Eclipse IDE Tutorial. 7 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .called if the Activity is stopped. It is the interface to global information about the application environment. For example if the user changes the orientation of the device (vertically or horizontally). for example your layout files. In the emulator you can simulate the change of the orientation via CNTR+F11. if you want to refer to a color which is defined in a XML resource. The following Activity will not be restarted in case of orientation changes or position of the physical keyboard (hidden / visible). Android assumes that an Activity might want to use different resources for these orientations and restarts the Activity.8. Context also provides access to Android Services.ProgressTestActivity" android:label="@string/app_name" android:configChanges="orientation|keyboardHidden|keyboard"> </activity> 4. 4. 4. you could access it via @string/hello.content. e. The Android system defines a lifecycle for Activities via predefined methods. The most important methods are: onSaveInstanceState() . you can refer to it via @color/your_id.g.xml. You can also mix both approaches. For example. You find the necessary steps described in the following section of the tutorial: Eclipse Update Manager. 5. can be used to release resource or save data onResume() . which can be found here: Eclipse IDE Book for Kindle.called if the Activity is re-started. Reference to resources in XML files In your XML files. The author of this text has also published a Kindle book on the usage of the Eclipse IDE. if a so called "configuration change" happens.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social definition.Context provides the connections to the Android system. Or if you defined a "hello" string in an XML resource.6. can be used to initialize fields 4. the Location You can avoid a restart of your application for certain configuration changes via the configChanges attribute on your Activity definition in your AndroidManifest.vogella.always called if the Activity ends. The tutorial above also describes how to install new components into Eclipse.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Configuration Change An Activity will also be restarted. Eclipse The following assume that you have already Java and Eclipse installed and know how to use Eclipse. It also allows the definition of different layouts for different devices. Activities and Lifecycle The Android system controls the lifecycle of your application.

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

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

As of Android 4. restart Eclipse. Type in the source directory name and press OK. e.3 version.0 the Android development tools provides also the source code.6. Android Source Code The following step is optional. Select "Available packages" and open the "Third Party Add-ons".vogella. 5.0. As of Android 4. right click on your android. 15 for the Android 4.0 During Android development it is very useful to have the Android source code available. The sources are downloaded to the source directory located in "path_to_android_sdk/sources/android-xx". Press the "Install" button and confirm the license for all packages. 5.1. Select the Google API 15 (Android 4.jar in the Eclipse Package Explorer and select Properties → Java Source Attachment.jar file in your Android project.g. xx is the API level of Android.0.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The dialog allows you to install new packages and also allows you to delete them.6.Android Development Tutorial http://www. To connect the sources with the android.3) version of the SDK and press "Install".de/articles/Android/article. 10 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . You can download it via the Android SDK Manager by selecting the "Sources for Android SDK". After the installation completes.

Nice for demos. This will save the state of the emulator and let it start much faster.0 introduced that devices do not have to have hardware button anymore. You can define several devices with different configurations. Use the Eclipse update manager to install the Android Source plugin from the following update site: "http://adtaddons.1. e. Android AVD During the creation of an AVD you decide if you want an Android device or an Google device.source.2.g. Also if you have sufficient memory on your computer.vogella. 6. Hardware button Android 4. Ctrl+F11 changes the orientation of the emulator. which provide the Android Source code code. If you want to use functionality which is only provided via the Google API's. Google vrs. These devices are called "Android Virtual Device" (AVD) and you can start several in parallel. 6. 6.ide. To have a responsive emulator use a small resolution for your Android virtual device . 6. which is very slow. Also set the flag "Enabled" for Snapshots. More details can be found on the project website.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Performance The graphics of the emulator are rendered in software. Prior to Android 4.googlecode. If you want to create such an AVD. add the "Hardware Back/Home keys" property to the device configuration and set it to "false". 11 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .0 For earlier versions Haris Peco maintains plugins.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 5. The ADT allow to deploy and run your Android program on the AVD.eclipse. the screen resolution and other relevant settings. most notable the Google Maps application.4.3. Alt+Enter Maximizes the emulator.6. add at least 1 GB of memory to your emulator.5. as for example HVGA. The emulator behaves like a real Android device (in most cases) and allows you to test your application without having a real device. Starting a new emulator is very slow.2. This is the value "Device ram size" during the creation of the AVD. You can configure the version of the Android system you would like to run. What is the Android Emulator? The Android Development Tools (ADT) include an emulator to run an Android system. An AVD created for Android will contain the programs from the Android Open Source Project. Emulator Shortcuts The following shortcuts are useful for working with the emulator. 6.Emulator 6. due to some initial setup. An AVD created for the Google API's will also contain several Google applications. F8 Turns network on / off. the size of the SD card.update". Cloud2DeviceMessaging or Google Maps you must run this application on an AVD with Google API'

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

de/articles/Android/article. To open this view. 8. LogCat The "LogCat" View shows you the log messages of your Android device and help you analyze problems. 14 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 8. 8. 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.Android Development Tutorial http://www. select Window → Show View → Other → Android → LogCat.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8.vogella.4. Emulator does not start If your emulator does not start. You can clean your installed application by re-starting the emulator and selecting the "Wipe user data" flag. Alternative you can set the the data partition size. Install failed due to insufficient storage Sometimes the emulator will refuse to install an application with the error message: INSTALL_FAILED_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE. make sure that the android-sdk version is in a path without any spaces in the path name. For example Java exceptions in your program would be shown here.5. Timeout during deployment If you face timeout issues during deployment you can increase the default timeout in the Eclipse preferences.6.3.

e. Debug Certificate expired If you get the error message "Debug Certificate expired" switch to the folder which contains the Android AVD.vogella. API Level 15.9.10. package and application name The tutorials of this document have been developed and tested with Android try the recommended version. The base package for the projects is always the same as the project name.8. Higher version usually should also work.g. If you receive an error message for @override. If you see error message with "XX cannot be resolved to a variable".1.7. change the Java compiler level to Java 1. e. 8.keystore" file. but if you face issues. Lower version of the Android API might also work. Conventions for the tutorials 9.g. if you are asked to create a 15 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . To do this right-click on the project.6" in the drop-down box. This file is only valid for a year and if not present Eclipse will regenerate the password. 8. API version. 8. Please use this version for all tutorials in this book. ". 9. right-click in your Editor and select Source → Organize Imports to important required packages. select Properties → Java Compiler → Compiler compliance level and select "1. Error message for @override The @override annotation was introduced in Java 1. 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.Android Development Tutorial" under Linux and delete the "debug.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8. Missing Imports Java requires that classes which are not part of the standard Java Language be either fully qualified or declared via imports. Eclipse Tips To work more efficiently with Eclipse.6.3.0.

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

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Create attributes Android allows you to create attributes for resources.2. in two ways: via a rich editor. and directly via XML. The following description tries to use the rich UI but for validation the resulting XML is also displayed. 10. e. You can switch between both things by clicking on the tab on the lower part of the screen.3.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. Two faces of things The Android SDK allows the developer to define certain artifacts. strings and UI's. For example in the Package Explorer select "res/layout/main. 18 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . for strings or colors. In Java you can access this data via the AssetsManager and the method getAssets(). 10.Android Development Tutorial http://www.vogella. These attributes can be used in your UI definition via XML or in your Java source code.g.xml".

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

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

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

os.vogella.View. Change your code in ConvertActivity.getText().6. Select “Color” and then “myColor” in the list. android.Activity. setContentView( Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social LinearLayout. then select Other Properties → All by Name → Background. <?xml version="1.Toast. import import import import import import android.widget.widget. android.radio1)" 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> The project wizard also created the corresponding Java classs.radio0).button1: RadioButton celsiusButton = (RadioButton) findViewById( package de. if (text.widget.layout. Note that the myClickHandler will be called based on the OnClick property of your to the public class ConvertActivity extends Activity { private EditText text.length() == 0) { 22 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . text = (EditText) findViewById(R.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.RadioButton.onCreate(savedInstanceState). @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.temperature. Switch to the "main.Android Development Tutorial http://www. } // 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.main). RadioButton fahrenheitButton = (RadioButton) findViewById(R. Right-click on an empty space in Graphical Layout mode.EditText.getId()) { case R. Code your application During the generation of your new Android project you specified that an Activity called ConvertActivity should get created." tab and verify that the XML is correctly maintained. android.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LinearLayout can be nested to achieve more complex layouts. 16. Layout Manager and ViewGroups 16. RelativeLayout and GridLayout.1.vogella.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16. RelativeLayout RelativeLayout allow to position the widget relative to each other. <?xml version="1. A simple usage for RelativeLayout is if you want to center a single component. LinearLayout LinearLayout puts all its child elements into a single column or row depending on the android:orientation attribute. As of Android 4. This allows for complex layouts. AbsoluteLayoutLayout is deprecated and TableLayout can be implemented more effectively via GridLayout 16.3.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. Android supports different default layout managers. Possible values for this attribute are horizontal and vertical.0 the most relevant layout manager are LinearLayout.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Children can also define attributes which may be evaluated by their parent layout. All layouts allow the developer to define attributes. Available Layout Manager A layout manager is a subclass of ViewGroup and is responsible for the layout of itself and its child Views. 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 . horizontal is the default

vogella. 17.Android Development Tutorial http://www.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas. e.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16. This layout allows you to organize a view into a one column. <?xml version="1. 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. Create the following layout and class. and cells.0" android:text="Cancel" > 33 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM If the view is to big the ScrollView will display a scroll bar to scroll the context.5.0. If not specified GridLayout uses defaults. columns.g.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="" 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. one row and the position of a View depends on the order of the declaration of the Views.4. Tutorial: ScrollView Create an android project "de.scrollview" with the activity "ScrollView". 16.vogella. 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. ScrollView ScrollViews can be used to contain one view that might be to big to fit on one screen. Of course this view can be a layout which can then contain other elements. Gridlayout GridLayout was introduced with Android 4.

android.setText(s).de/articles/Android/article.os. This way you only have to set common attributes once and can later change the look in one central place. } } 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.2. i++) { s += "vogella. TextView view = (TextView) findViewById(R. import import import import " } view.scrollview. Overview Styles in Android allow to define the look and feel of Android application in external files. Activitities or Views. These styles can get assigned to the complete Applications. You can define styles in XML and assign them to these elements. for (int i=0. Example The following "styles. 34 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . public class ScrollView extends Activity { /** Called when the activity is first created. 18.layout. */ @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.Android Development Tutorial http://www.1.Activity. setContentView(R.widget.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social </LinearLayout> </ScrollView> package de.xml" XML file would be created in the "/res/xml" Styling 18. i < 100.vogella. 18.view. android.Bundle.TextView02).TextView.main). String s="". android.

19. the android:name attribute points to the Fragments class. Android will automatically scale it. which was the size of the first Android device (G1). Using device independent pixel Android devices are different in terms of resolution and in terms of density.g.Android Development Tutorial http://www. e. Fragments are components with their own lifecycle and their own user interface. 120dip) and larger on a hdip(approx. The onStart() method is called once the Fragment gets visible. The Android SDK expects that you specify everything in pixels. 320x480 with 160dpi (dots per inch).Fragment. You can use "dp" in your resources. dp refers to the base line of an Android The base class for Fragments is android. If a Fragment component is defined in an XML layout file.2. If an Activity is stopped its Fragments will also be stopped. The onCreateView() method is called by Android once the Fragment should create its user interface. depending on the device.5f).g. The unit of measurement which should be used is "dp" (which is the same as "dip" but shorter). They can be defined via layout files or via If you specify the size in "dp". 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.1. Here you can inflate an layout. On a mdpi device "dp" will be equal to pixel but it will be smaller on a ldpi (approx. Supporting different screen sizes 19. e. 240dpi) device. based on density scale return (int) (input * scale + 0. // Convert the dps to pixels. 20. Therefore it is recommended never to use fixed sized dimensions.density. if an Activity is destroyed its Fragments will also get destroyed. Fragments always run in the context of an Activity. layout files. so that it always occupies the same physical space.vogella. for example to the text elements via style=”@style/text”. Fragments 20.getDisplayMetrics(). public int convertToDp(int input) { // Get the screen's density scale final float scale = getResources(). like ListFragment or DialogFragment. This size is also known as mdpi (medium dots per inch).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. You can therefore use the following formulator to calculate the right amount of pixels for a dimension specified in dp. 35 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . } 19.1. Using resource qualifiers Android also allows to use resource qualifiers to specify that certain resources should only be used for certain resolutions.

This is not limited to tablets. The second approach is the most flexible and in general preferable way of using Fragments. On a tablet you see the details immediately on the same screen on the right hand side if you click on item. The typical example is a list of items in an activity. The first is again the Fragments which shows the list of names.e. on a handheld it only contains the main fragment. 21.).html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social add the action to the history stack of the Activity..2. Use separate activities to host each fragment on a handset. if (fragment==null || ! fragment. which displays two Fragments for tablets and only one on handsets devices. findFragmentById(R.. It also requires an update of the action bar if the action bar status depends on the fragment. For example. The entry Activity (called MainActivity of our application ) will use different layouts for portrait and for landscape mode. Overview The following tutorial demonstrates how to use Fragments. } To create different layouts with Fragments you can: Use one activity. the main activity tells the fragment that is should update itself. It is good practice that Fragments do not manipulate each other. On a tablet the main activity contains both Fragments in its layout. To check for an fragment you can use the FragmentManager. when the tablet UI uses two Fragments in an activity.isInLayout()) { // start new Activity } else { fragment. For this purpose a Fragment typically implements an interface to get new data from its host but the whole information will be shown on one screen. 36 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . DetailFragment fragment = (DetailFragment) getFragmentManager(). When to use Fragments Fragments make it easy to re-use components in different layouts. This is similar to the portrait mode. i. When you need to switch Fragments. In landscape mode MainActivity will show two Fragments. On a handset you jump to a new detail screen. you can build single-pane layouts for handsets (phones) and multi-pane layouts for tablets. a second Activity called DetailActivity will start and show the selected text. In this case the main activity checks if the detail fragment is available in the layout. this will allow to revert the Fragment changes in the Activity via the back button. for example you can use Fragments also to support different layout for landscape and portrait orientation. The second Fragment shows the text of the current selected item. The following discussion will assume that you have two Fragments (main and detail) but you can also have more. If the detailed fragment is there. use the same activity for handsets.update(. start another activity that hosts the other fragment.g. Fragments Tutorial 21. This requires that the fragment is not declared in the layout file as such Fragments cannot be removed during runtime.1. But as tablets offer significantly more space you typically include more views into the layout and Fragments makes that easier. In this case you would switch the Fragments in the activity whenever necessary. 20.detail_frag). If the user touches an item in the list. 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. In portrait mode MainActivity will show one Fragment with a list of names.vogella. but supply an alternative layout that includes just one fragment.Android Development Tutorial http://www. package <?xml version="1. 21.Preview: layout=@layout/details --> </fragment> </LinearLayout> 21.4. "WindowsMobile".ListFragment { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. "Linux". android. "Ubuntu". "Blackberry". android. First create the following file called " android.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.vogella. "Max OS X".onActivityCreated(savedInstanceState).widget. "WebOS".DetailFragment" > <!-.Android Development Tutorial android.xml" file. "Windows7".widget. } @Override public void onActivityCreated(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.content. This layout will be used by the DetailFragment.ListFragment" ></fragment> <fragment android:id="@+id/detailFragment" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" class=" Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Create a new project" 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. "OS/2" }.xml".android.fragments with an Activity called MainActivity.fragments.ArrayAdapter.vogella. Create layouts for portrait mode Create or change the following layout files in the "res/layout/"" 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 " public class ListFragment extends android. Create Fragment classes Create now the Fragment classes. Create the ListFragment class.View. String[] values = new String[] { "Android". "iPhone". 37 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . <?xml version="1.onCreate(savedInstanceState). import import import import import android.vogella.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. 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android. intent. Create layouts for landscape mode We want that Android uses a different main.view.util. android.xml" layout file in "res/layout-port".xml" file in "layout-port". container. View v.Log.onCreate(savedInstanceState).inflate(R. In portrait mode Android will check the "layout-port" folder for fitting layout files. } @Override public void onListItemClick(ListView l. DetailFragment fragment = (DetailFragment) getFragmentManager() .ViewGroup.isInLayout()) { fragment.Bundle.vogella.detailFragment). package de." 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 . ViewGroup container. } } } Create the DetailFragment android.layout.class).os. Android would check the "layout" folder. } } 21.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social setListAdapter(adapter).setText(item). } else { Intent intent = new Intent(getActivity() For this reason create the "res/layout-port" folder.onActivityCreated(savedInstanceState).5. Log.getApplicationContext().0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. if (fragment != null && Bundle savedInstanceState) { View view = <?xml version="1. false).details. public class DetailFragment extends Fragment { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.findFragmentById(R.putExtra("value".id.Fragment. } @Override public void onActivityCreated(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. DetailActivity. } public void setText(String item) { TextView view = (TextView) getView(). Only if we would not have a "main. item). } @Override public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater.xml file in portrait model then in landscape mode.TextView.LayoutInflater.getItem(position).detailsText).Android Development Tutorial http://www. startActivity(intent). int position.e("Test".view. view. "hello").findViewById(R.fragments.setText(item).View. import import import import import import import android. return view. Therefore create the following "main. android. long id) { String item = (String) getListAdapter().

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

html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social to switch the orientation. LogCat View You can see the log (including System.vogella. 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. Select Window → Open Perspective → Other → DDMS to open this perspective.out. If you select an item in portrait mode a new Activity should get started with the selected item. 22.print() statements) via the LogCat view. 22. 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. DDMS perspective and important views 22.3.2. File explorer The file explorer allows to see the files on the Android simulator. 22.1. DDMS . Shell 40 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . In horizontal mode you should see two Fragments.Android Development Tutorial http://www.Dalvik Debug Monitor Server Eclipse provides a perspective for interacting with your Android (virtual) device and your Android application program.

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

27. Thank you Please help me to support this article: 26. Questions and Discussion Before posting questions. select "Manual" selection and select your device. I have created a short list how to create good questions which might also help you. select the "Run Configurations".vogella. If you have questions or find an error in this article please use the Google Group.1. To select your phone.Android Development Tutorial http://www.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social version on your phone. Source Code Source Code of Examples 27. please see the vogella FAQ. Links and Literature 27. Android Resources Android 2 (German Book) Android ListView and ListActivity Android SQlite Database Android Widgets Android Live Wallpaper Android Services Android Location API and Google Maps Android Intents Android and Networking 42 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .

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