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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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action. if it should 5 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .category. The Android Market determine based on the versionCode. 4. How to develop Android Applications Android applications are primarily written in the Java programming language.MAIN" /> <category android:name="android. it must be declared with the full qualified package name. During this conversion process redundant information in the class files are optimized in the .apk file) will be created and deployed. either within Eclipse or via the command line. Dalvik uses an own bytecode format which is different from Java bytecode.apk file contains all necessary data to run the Android application and can be deployed to an Android device via the "adb" tool. Android Application Architecture 4. For example if the application requires network access it must be specified here. For example all Activities and Services of the application must be declared in this file. they need to get converted in the Dalvik bytecode format.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas. All class files of one application are placed in one compressed . For example if the same String is found in different class files.3. Therefore it is a good habit to use your reverse domain name as package name.apk (Android Package) Therefore you cannot directly run Java class files on Android. the . The Android Development Tools (ADT) allows that all these steps are performed transparently to the user. The program aapt (Android Asset Packaging Tool) performs this packaging. android:versionName and android:versionCode specify the version of your application.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social applications. 3.intent.vogella.Convert" android:label="@string/app_name"> <intent-filter> <action android:name="android.dex file contains only once reference of this String. file.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. the images and XML files. Android provides a tool called "dx"" which converts Java class files into a dex (Dalvik Executable) file.temperature" android:versionCode="1" android:versionName="" package="de.dex file and the resources of an Android project. versionName is what the user sees and can be any String. If a Java object lies within a different <?xml version="1. Google Play requires that every Android application uses its own unique package. It must also contain the required permissions for the application. The Java source files are converted to Java class files by the Java compiler.xml The components and settings of an Android application are described in the file AndroidManifest. versionCode must be an integer. The resulting . are packed into an . The . These dex files are therefore much smaller in size than the corresponding class files.dex file.1.0"> <application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name"> <activity android:name=".Android Development Tutorial http://www. If you use the ADT tooling you press a button or run a script and the whole Android application (. e. This will avoid collisions with other Android applications.xml.

The "uses-sdk" part of the "AndroidManifest.intent. icons or pictures.xml" file defines the minimal SDK version for which your application is valid. icons. This file specifies the ViewGroups. 4.string.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social value by one. their relationship and their attributes for this specific layout. The layout defines the included Views (widgets) and their via the Eclipse ADT tools. These references are static int values and define ID's for the resources. you have to give the View a unique ID via the android:id attribute. Assets While the res directory contains structured values which are known to the Android platform. strings. you would use the getString(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 and Resources The " gen " directory in an Android project contains generated The tag <activity> defines an Activity. if you roll-out a new version of your application.action. 6 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .yourvalue). An intent filter is registered for this class which defines that this Activity is started once the application starts (action android:name="android. menus. If you create a new resource. for different devices and makes it easy to translate applications. the corresponding reference is automatically created in is a generated class which contains references to certain resources of the project.LAUNCHER" defines that this application is added to the application directory on the Android device. In most cases the layout is defined as an XML file. 4. For example to access a String with the R. R.yourString)) method. A layout can be defined via Java code or via is automatically created by the Eclipse development environment.vogella.vogella. The following shows an example in which a Button gets the "button1" ID assigned. R.g. Views. Activities and Layouts The user interface for Activities is defined via layouts.2. In Java you access this data via the AssetsManager and the getAssets() method .temperature package. To assign a new ID to a View use @+id/yourvalue. The usage of resource file makes it easy to provide different resources. the assets directory can be used to store any kind of data. This will prevent your application being installed on devices with older SDK versions. in this example pointing to the Convert class in the de. These resources must be defined in the "res" directory and can be XML files. XML based layouts are defined via a resource file in the /res/layout folder. e. If a View needs to be accessed via Java code.Android Development Tutorial http://www. The @string/app_name value refers to resource files which contain the actual value of the application name. R. 4.4.string. In your Java code you can later access a View via the method findViewById(R.yourString ID. You can for example define values.MAIN" ). The category definition category android:name=" layouts or animations via XML files.category. The Android system provides methods to access the corresponding resource via these ID' manual changes are not necessary and will be overridden by the tooling. colors.3.

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

com/android/eclipse/. 8 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .google. 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. therefore on an 64bit Linux system you need to have the package ia32-libs installed. you will be prompted to install the Android SDK.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The Android SDK is 32bit. apt-get install ia32-libs Please check your distribution documentation. You can use the following wizard or go to the next section to learn how to do it manually.3.vogella. After the new Android development components are installed. if you are using a different flavor of Linux.Android Development Tutorial http://www. For Ubuntu you can do this via the following 5.

Select Window → Android SDK Manager from the Eclipse menu. Avoid using spaces in the path name. Select Android and enter the installation path of the Android SDK. Development Tutorial http://www. 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 Preferences. 9 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .vogella. In Eclipse open the Preferences dialog via the menu Windows → Preferences. which you can extract to any place in your file system. Manually install Android SDK After the installation of the ADT the Eclipse tooling allows to download the Android SDK automatically.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 5. The download contains a zip file. 5.5. on my Linux system I placed it under "/home/vogella/android-sdks".g.4. 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.

jar in the Eclipse Package Explorer and select Properties → Java Source Attachment. Type in the source directory name and press OK.Android Development Tutorial http://www.3 version. Android Source Code The following step is optional.0. right click on your android. xx is the API level of Android. e.g. The sources are downloaded to the source directory located in "path_to_android_sdk/sources/android-xx". file in your Android project.vogella. As of Android 4. 5.0 the Android development tools provides also the source code. Select "Available packages" and open the "Third Party Add-ons". 10 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . As of Android You can download it via the Android SDK Manager by selecting the "Sources for Android SDK". To connect the sources with the android.3) version of the SDK and press "Install". 15 for the Android 4. After the installation completes. 5.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The dialog allows you to install new packages and also allows you to delete them. restart Eclipse.0 During Android development it is very useful to have the Android source code available. Select the Google API 15 (Android 4. Press the "Install" button and confirm the license for all packages.

Google vrs. You can configure the version of the Android system you would like to run. F8 Turns network on / off.source. Performance The graphics of the emulator are rendered in software.googlecode. Also if you have sufficient memory on your computer. 6. 11 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Starting a new emulator is very slow. If you want to create such an AVD.eclipse. 6.1. as for example HVGA. To have a responsive emulator use a small resolution for your emulator. which provide the Android Source code code. You can define several devices with different configurations.5.2. Prior to Android 4. An AVD created for the Google API's will also contain several Google applications. Ctrl+F11 changes the orientation of the emulator. This is the value "Device ram size" during the creation of the This will save the state of the emulator and let it start much faster.2. Cloud2DeviceMessaging or Google Maps you must run this application on an AVD with Google API's. More details can be found on the project website.Android Development Tutorial If you want to use functionality which is only provided via the Google API's. 6.0 introduced that devices do not have to have hardware button anymore.3. 6.update". the screen resolution and other relevant settings. 6. Android virtual device . Android AVD During the creation of an AVD you decide if you want an Android device or an Google device. Hardware button Android 4. which is very slow. e. What is the Android Emulator? The Android Development Tools (ADT) include an emulator to run an Android system. the size of the SD card. due to some initial An AVD created for Android will contain the programs from the Android Open Source Project. Use the Eclipse update manager to install the Android Source plugin from the following update site: "http://adtaddons.Emulator 6.vogella. Alt+Enter Maximizes the emulator.ide.0 For earlier versions Haris Peco maintains plugins. add at least 1 GB of memory to your emulator.4. most notable the Google Maps application. Emulator Shortcuts The following shortcuts are useful for working with 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.g. add the "Hardware Back/Home keys" property to the device configuration and set it to "false". Nice for demos.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 5. These devices are called "Android Virtual Device" (AVD) and you can start several in parallel.6. Also set the flag "Enabled" for Snapshots. The ADT allow to deploy and run your Android program on the AVD.

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

An Android virtual device provides per default only 64M for internal storage of application.3. Timeout during deployment If you face timeout issues during deployment you can increase the default timeout in the Eclipse preferences. You can clean your installed application by re-starting the emulator and selecting the "Wipe user data" flag. 8. select Window → Show View → Other → Android → LogCat. 8. 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. 14 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM To open this view. Alternative you can set the the data partition size. For example Java exceptions in your program would be shown here.6.vogella. 8.4. 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. LogCat The "LogCat" View shows you the log messages of your Android device and help you analyze problems.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Emulator does not start If your emulator does not start.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8.

html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8.7.g. Lower version of the Android API might also work.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Error message for @override The @override annotation was introduced in Java 1. This file is only valid for a year and if not present Eclipse will regenerate the password.8. Missing Imports Java requires that classes which are not part of the standard Java Language be either fully qualified or declared via imports.1. but if you face issues. 9. try the recommended version.6" in the drop-down box. change the Java compiler level to Java 1.keystore" file. Higher version usually should also work. Please use this version for all tutorials in this book.3.6. Eclipse Tips To work more efficiently with Eclipse. 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. API version.9. select Properties → Java Compiler → Compiler compliance level and select "1. If you see error message with "XX cannot be resolved to a variable".android" under Linux and delete the "debug.g. API Level 15.0. e. 8. The base package for the projects is always the same as the project name. e. If you receive an error message for @override.vogella. ". package and application name The tutorials of this document have been developed and tested with Android 8. Conventions for the tutorials 9. if you are asked to create a 15 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . right-click in your Editor and select Source → Organize Imports to important required packages. 8.10. 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.6.

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

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vogella.Android Development Tutorial http://www. For changing the position and grouping elements you can use the outline view.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <resources> <string name="hello">Hello World. 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.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social "#3399CC" as the value.xml" and open the Android editor via a double-click. Please note that the "Palette" view changes frequently so your view might be a bit different. <?xml version="1. You can switch between both representations via the tabs at the bottom of the editor. Table 1. String attributes allow the developer to translate the application at a later point. The following shows a screenshot of the Palette view from which you can drag and drop new UI elements into your layout. 19 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .4. Add UI Elements Select "res/layout/ Add also the following "String" attributes. 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.

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

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

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

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

The second option is that the app can open a menu which shows additional actions via a popup menu. and other interactive items.1.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. Definition of menu entries Android provides two possible ways to display global actions which the user can select. Menus and Action Bar 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 first one is the usage of the Action Bar in the application.Android Development Tutorial http://www. navigation modes.

If you want to influence the menu later you have to use the onPrepareOptionsMenu() method.3. A context menu for a view is registered via the registerForContextMenu(view) method. Create a project called "de.FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP). EditText provides context options to select" 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 .socialapp" with the Activity called "OverviewActivity" This example will be extended in the chapter about preferences.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 activity.addFlags(Intent. e. etc. 13. A context menu is activated if the user "long presses" the view.class).2.R. The onCreateOptionsMenu() method is only called once.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. Context menus You can also assign a context menu to an UI widget (view).xml" layout file in the diretory "/res/layout/" to the following: <?xml version="1. 12.Android Development Tutorial 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. intent. Action bar tabs It is also possible to add tabs to an action bar. Tutorial: Menus and Action Bar 13.vogella. Change the "main.R. // If home icon is clicked return to main Activity case If you select this icon the onOptionsItemSelected() method will be called with the value android. The recommendation is to return to the main Activity in your program. OverviewActivity. startActivity(intent). The ActionBar also shows an icon of your application. You can also add an action to this icon. 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. The onCreateContextMenu() method is called every time a context menu is activated as the context menu is discarded after its usage. The Android platform may also add options to your View. 12. break.home: Intent intent = new Intent(this. Each Activity has already an instance of the class available and this instance can get accessed via the getMenuInflator() method.

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

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

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

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

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

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

If not specified GridLayout uses defaults. 17.vogella. If the view is to big the ScrollView will display a scroll bar to scroll the context." 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 one row and the position of a View depends on the order of the declaration of the Views.0.0" android:text="Submit" > </Button> <Button android:id="@+id/Button02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_weight="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas. Create the following layout and class.scrollview" with the activity "ScrollView". e.0" android:text="@+id/TextView02" > </TextView> <LinearLayout android:id="@+id/LinearLayout02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" > <Button android:id="@+id/Button01" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_weight="1. 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. This layout allows you to organize a view into a Grid. ScrollView ScrollViews can be used to contain one view that might be to big to fit on one screen.vogella.0" android:text="Cancel" > 33 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16.4. Gridlayout GridLayout was introduced with Android Development Tutorial http://www. Of course this view can be a layout which can then contain other elements.g. Tutorial: ScrollView Create an android project "de. and cells. columns. GridLayout separates its drawing area into: rows. <?xml version="1.

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

For special purposes you can also use more special classes. Here you can inflate an layout. Fragments are components with their own lifecycle and their own user interface. like ListFragment or DialogFragment. If an Activity is stopped its Fragments will also be stopped. This size is also known as mdpi (medium dots per inch). You can therefore use the following formulator to calculate the right amount of pixels for a dimension specified in dp. so that it always occupies the same physical space. You can use "dp" in your resources. Using resource qualifiers Android also allows to use resource qualifiers to specify that certain resources should only be used for certain resolutions. Overview Fragment components allow you to organize your application code so that it is easier to support different sized devices. dp refers to the base line of an Android device. 120dip) and larger on a hdip(approx. depending on the device. 320x480 with 160dpi (dots per inch). which was the size of the first Android device (G1). The unit of measurement which should be used is "dp" (which is the same as "dip" but shorter). 240dpi) device. They can be defined via layout files or via coding. Fragments always run in the context of an Activity. Therefore it is recommended never to use fixed sized dimensions. if an Activity is destroyed its Fragments will also get destroyed.density. If you specify the size in "dp".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. On a mdpi device "dp" will be equal to pixel but it will be smaller on a ldpi (approx.Fragment. 19. e. 20.1. The Android SDK expects that you specify everything in pixels. The onStart() method is called once the Fragment gets visible. The base class for Fragments is android. e. } 19.vogella. Android will automatically scale it. Fragments 20. 35 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .g.2. Using device independent pixel Android devices are different in terms of resolution and in terms of density.1. Supporting different screen sizes 19. public int convertToDp(int input) { // Get the screen's density scale final float scale = getResources().getDisplayMetrics().5f). for example to the text elements via style=”@style/text” based on density scale return (int) (input * scale + 0.Android Development Tutorial http://www. // Convert the dps to pixels. layout the android:name attribute points to the Fragments class. The onCreateView() method is called by Android once the Fragment should create its user interface. If a Fragment component is defined in an XML layout file.

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

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

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

de/articles/Android/ if (extras != null) { String s = extras.main).xml" layout } setContentView(" 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.ORIENTATION_LANDSCAPE) { finish().Android Development Tutorial http://www.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.getString("value"). public class DetailActivity extends Activity { @Override protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.fragments. import android.detailsText). <?xml version="1. android.os. android.Bundle.orientation == Configuration. return.onCreate(savedInstanceState).os.details_activity_layout). finished and go back to the start Activity if (getResources(). } } } MainActivity will remain unmodified.getConfiguration(). import android.7.Bundle.layout.vogella.getExtras(). TextView view = (TextView) findViewById(R.widget.ListFragment" /> </LinearLayout> Also create the "details_activity_layout.layout. // Need to check if Activity has been switched to landscape mode // If yes. } } 21.Activity.6.setText(s). Run 39 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM Bundle extras = getIntent(). view. public class MainActivity extends Activity { /** Called when the activity is first created. setContentView(R.fragments. Please note that we could have create this file also in the "layout" folder. Activities Create a new Activity called DetailActivity with the following class. package de.TextView.fragments.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social android:layout_marginTop="?android:attr/actionBarSize" class="de. This layout will be used in the DetailActivity which is only used in portrait" /> </LinearLayout> 21. import import import import android. but as it is only used in portrait mode it is best practise to place it into this folder.onCreate(savedInstanceState).Configuration.res.vogella.vogella.vogella. android. */ @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { package

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

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

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