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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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AndroidManifest.vogella.1. The .xml The components and settings of an Android application are described in the file android:versionName and android:versionCode specify the version of your application. Android Application Architecture 4.apk (Android Package) file. if it should 5 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . During this conversion process redundant information in the class files are optimized in the . For example if the application requires network access it must be specified here. The Android Development Tools (ADT) allows that all these steps are performed transparently to the user. For example if the same String is found in different class files. are packed into an . This will avoid collisions with other Android applications. versionName is what the user sees and can be any String. The Android Market determine based on the versionCode.g.apk file) will be created and deployed. e. It must also contain the required permissions for the application. versionCode must be an integer. it must be declared with the full qualified package name. 3. If a Java object lies within a different" encoding="utf-8"?> <manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas. <?xml version="1.3. The program aapt (Android Asset Packaging Tool) performs this packaging. For example all Activities and Services of the application must be declared in this file. The resulting .xml.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social applications. either within Eclipse or via the command" package="de.0"> <application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name"> <activity android:name=".de/articles/Android/article. Dalvik uses an own bytecode format which is different from Java bytecode.category. the images and XML files.dex file contains only once reference of this String. All class files of one application are placed in one compressed . The Java source files are converted to Java class files by the Java compiler. Therefore it is a good habit to use your reverse domain name as package name. Google Play requires that every Android application uses its own unique package. the .intent.Convert" android:label="@string/app_name"> <intent-filter> <action android:name="android. If you use the ADT tooling you press a button or run a script and the whole Android application (.apk file contains all necessary data to run the Android application and can be deployed to an Android device via the "adb" tool. How to develop Android Applications Android applications are primarily written in the Java programming language.MAIN" /> <category android:name="android.dex file.temperature" android:versionCode="1" android:versionName="1.vogella.dex file and the resources of an Android project. Therefore you cannot directly run Java class files on Android.Android Development Tutorial http://www. they need to get converted in the Dalvik bytecode format. Android provides a tool called "dx"" which converts Java class files into a dex (Dalvik Executable) file.action. These dex files are therefore much smaller in size than the corresponding class files.dex 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. 4.

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

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

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

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

0 the Android development tools provides also the source code. Select "Available packages" and open the "Third Party Add-ons". restart Eclipse. xx is the API level of Android.6. You can download it via the Android SDK Manager by selecting the "Sources for Android SDK".0 During Android development it is very useful to have the Android source code available. After the installation completes. Select the Google API 15 (Android 4.3 version.3) version of the SDK and press "Install".g.0. As of Android 4.0. Android Source Code The following step is 5. e. To connect the sources with the android.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social The dialog allows you to install new packages and also allows you to delete them. right click on your android. 10 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 15 for the Android 4. 5. Press the "Install" button and confirm the license for all packages.jar in the Eclipse Package Explorer and select Properties → Java Source Attachment.Android Development Tutorial http://www.jar file in your Android project. As of Android 4. The sources are downloaded to the source directory located in "path_to_android_sdk/sources/android-xx".1.vogella. Type in the source directory name and press OK.

Android virtual device . Starting a new emulator is very add at least 1 GB of memory to your emulator. Nice for demos. The emulator behaves like a real Android device (in most cases) and allows you to test your application without having a real device. 6. Alt+Enter Maximizes the emulator. Performance The graphics of the emulator are rendered in software.5. To have a responsive emulator use a small resolution for your emulator.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 5. Hardware button Android 4.1.0 For earlier versions Haris Peco maintains plugins. Ctrl+F11 changes the orientation of the emulator. as for example HVGA.source. which provide the Android Source code code. the size of the SD card. the screen resolution and other relevant settings. These devices are called "Android Virtual Device" (AVD) and you can start several in parallel.2. You can configure the version of the Android system you would like to run. e. Also set the flag "Enabled" for Snapshots. 6. Prior to Android 4. An AVD created for Android will contain the programs from the Android Open Source This will save the state of the emulator and let it start much faster.3. 6.4. If you want to use functionality which is only provided via the Google API's.2.0 introduced that devices do not have to have hardware button anymore. F8 Turns network on / off. most notable the Google Maps The ADT allow to deploy and run your Android program on the AVD. Android AVD During the creation of an AVD you decide if you want an Android device or an Google device.g. More details can be found on the project website.update". An AVD created for the Google API's will also contain several Google applications.Android Development Tutorial http://www. 11 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . You can define several devices with different configurations. If you want to create such an AVD. Also if you have sufficient memory on your computer. Use the Eclipse update manager to install the Android Source plugin from the following update site: "http://adtaddons. This is the value "Device ram size" during the creation of the AVD. which is very slow. add the "Hardware Back/Home keys" property to the device configuration and set it to "false". Cloud2DeviceMessaging or Google Maps you must run this application on an AVD with Google API's. due to some initial setup. Emulator Shortcuts The following shortcuts are useful for working with the emulator.googlecode. What is the Android Emulator? The Android Development Tools (ADT) include an emulator to run an Android system.ide.vogella.6. 6.Emulator 6. Google vrs. 6.

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5.vogella.Android Development Tutorial http://www. 14 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . LogCat The "LogCat" View shows you the log messages of your Android device and help you analyze problems.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8. To open this view. Install failed due to insufficient storage Sometimes the emulator will refuse to install an application with the error message: INSTALL_FAILED_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE. Select Window → Preferences → Android → DDMS and increase the "ADB connection timeout (in ms)" value. Timeout during deployment If you face timeout issues during deployment you can increase the default timeout in the Eclipse preferences.3. if you press edit on the AVD you can set the "Ideal size of data partition" property via the "New" button. make sure that the android-sdk version is in a path without any spaces in the path name. 8. An Android virtual device provides per default only 64M for internal storage of 8. For example Java exceptions in your program would be shown here. select Window → Show View → Other → Android → LogCat.4. Alternative you can set the the data partition size. Emulator does not start If your emulator does not start. 8.6. You can clean your installed application by re-starting the emulator and selecting the "Wipe user data" flag.

de/articles/Android/article. select Properties → Java Compiler → Compiler compliance level and select "1. Lower version of the Android API might also" under Linux and delete the "debug.6" in the drop-down box. To do this right-click on the project. change the Java compiler level to Java 1.1. Missing Imports Java requires that classes which are not part of the standard Java Language be either fully qualified or declared via imports.6. but if you face issues. API Level 15. If you see error message with "XX cannot be resolved to a variable". Eclipse Tips To work more efficiently with Eclipse.6. 8.8. e.3. try the recommended version.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 8.keystore" file. e. Error message for @override The @override annotation was introduced in Java 1. Higher version usually should also work.0. The base package for the projects is always the same as the project name. Debug Certificate expired If you get the error message "Debug Certificate expired" switch to the folder which contains the Android AVD. Conventions for the tutorials 9. If you receive an error message for @override. Please use this version for all tutorials in this book. This file is only valid for a year and if not present Eclipse will regenerate the password. if you are asked to create a 15 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 9. 8.vogella.Android Development Tutorial http://www. API version. 8. ". package and application name The tutorials of this document have been developed and tested with Android 4.g. right-click in your Editor and select Source → Organize Imports to important required packages.10.7.9. select Window → Preferences → Java → Editor → Save Actions and select that the source code should be formatted and that the imports should be organized at every save.g.

9. Android Exercises and Tutorials You find different types of exercises. Choose a name you like.temperature".android. Most exercises try to give you a base example and ask you to extend this example.vogella.vogella. for example in layout files. which must be entered on the Android project generation will not be predefined.vogella. Warnings Messages for Strings The Android development tools are show warnings if you use hard-coded strings.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social "de. 10.2.1. 9. 16 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .example. Search for "vogella" for find this example. Create Project This app is also available on the Android Marketplace. others just give you the task to do.test". Select File → New → Other → Android → Android Project and create the Android project "de. The Application name. While for real application its best practice to use string resource files we use use Strings directly to simplify the creation of the examples. Enter the following. Your first Android project 10.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Some exercises explain every mouse click you have to do.3.

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19 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . Table 1.4. Add UI Elements Select "res/layout/main.Android Development Tutorial http://www.vogella.xml" and open the Android editor via a double-click. You can switch between both representations via the tabs at the bottom of the editor.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social "#3399CC" as the value. This editor allows you to create the UI via drag and drop or via the XML source code. The following shows a screenshot of the Palette view from which you can drag and drop new UI elements into your layout. Please note that the "Palette" view changes frequently so your view might be a bit <?xml version="1. String Attributes Name celsius fahrenheit calc Value to Celsius to Fahrenheit Calculate Switch to the XML representation and validate the values. For changing the position and grouping elements you can use the outline view. 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. String attributes allow the developer to translate the application at a later point.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <resources> <string name="hello">Hello World. Add also the following "String" attributes.

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

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

public class ConvertActivity extends Activity { private EditText text. The project wizard also created the corresponding Java classs.radio0). Note that the myClickHandler will be called based on the OnClick property of your android. android.widget. Select “Color” and then “myColor” in the Code your application During the generation of your new Android project you specified that an Activity called ConvertActivity should get created. } // 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. setContentView(R.view. android.6.Android Development Tutorial http://www.xml" tab and verify that the XML is correctly maintained. Right-click on an empty space in Graphical Layout <?xml version="" 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> 10.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android=" == 0) { 22 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . import import import import import import android.radio1).getId()) { case R.widget.editText1). @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.vogella. Change your code in ConvertActivity.main) Switch to the "main. if (text.os. android. text = (EditText) findViewById(R.button1: RadioButton celsiusButton = (RadioButton) findViewById( android. then select Other Properties → All by Name → Background. package de.Activity.Bundle.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social to the following.onCreate(savedInstanceState).de/articles/Android/article. RadioButton fahrenheitButton = (RadioButton) findViewById(R.View.vogella.

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

and other interactive items. Menus and Action Bar 12.1. The Action Bar is a window feature at the top of the activity that may display the activity title. 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 .html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 12. The second option is that the app can open a menu which shows additional actions via a popup menu. The first one is the usage of the Action Bar in the application. navigation modes.Android Development Tutorial http://www.vogella. Definition of menu entries Android provides two possible ways to display global actions which the user can

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

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

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

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

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

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

Android Development Tutorial http://www. A simple usage for RelativeLayout is if you want to center a single component. <?xml version="1. FrameLayout.0 the most relevant layout manager are LinearLayout. As of Android 4.1. LinearLayout LinearLayout puts all its child elements into a single column or row depending on the android:orientation attribute.vogella. AbsoluteLayoutLayout is deprecated and TableLayout can be implemented more effectively via GridLayout 16.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16. Possible values for this attribute are horizontal and" 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 . RelativeLayout and GridLayout. Just add one component to the RelativeLayout and set the android:layout_centerInParent attribute to true. LinearLayout can be nested to achieve more complex layouts. Children can also define attributes which may be evaluated by their parent layout.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. Available Layout Manager A layout manager is a subclass of ViewGroup and is responsible for the layout of itself and its child Views. horizontal is the default value. RelativeLayout RelativeLayout allow to position the widget relative to each other.2. Layout Manager and ViewGroups Android supports different default layout managers. 16. This allows for complex layouts. All layouts allow the developer to define attributes." 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 column.0" android:text="Submit" > </Button> <Button android:id="@+id/Button02" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_weight="1.vogella. Of course this view can be a layout which can then contain other elements. ScrollView ScrollViews can be used to contain one view that might be to big to fit on one Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social 16. Create the following layout and class. This layout allows you to organize a view into a Grid. If the view is to big the ScrollView will display a scroll bar to scroll the Gridlayout GridLayout was introduced with Android 4. Tutorial: ScrollView Create an android project "de. e. <?xml version="1.0" android:text="Cancel" > 33 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . 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.vogella. 16.g.5. 17. columns. If not specified GridLayout uses defaults.Android Development Tutorial http://www.scrollview" with the activity "ScrollView".0" encoding="utf-8"?> <ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas. GridLayout separates its drawing area into: rows. and cells.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=" one row and the position of a View depends on the order of the declaration of the Views.0. ". i < 34 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .widget.2. You can define styles in XML and assign them to these elements.onCreate(savedInstanceState).main). i++) { s += "vogella.view.Activity. public class ScrollView extends Activity { /** Called when the activity is first created. } view.scrollview. for (int i=0. This way you only have to set common attributes once and can later change the look in one central place.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Overview Styles in Android allow to define the look and feel of Android application in external files.TextView02).setText(s).vogella. Activitities or Views. Styling 18.os.View. These styles can get assigned to the complete Applications. String s="".de/articles/Android/article.vogella. 18.xml" XML file would be created in the "/res/xml" folder. } } 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. */ @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. android. import import import import android.TextView.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social </LinearLayout> </ScrollView> package de. android. TextView view = (TextView) findViewById( setContentView(R. Example The following "styles.

The onStart() method is called once the Fragment gets Fragments always run in the context of an Activity. based on density scale return (int) (input * scale + 0. Fragments 20. the android:name attribute points to the Fragments class. // Convert the dps to pixels. 20. dp refers to the base line of an Android device. 19. public int convertToDp(int input) { // Get the screen's density scale final float scale = getResources(). Using resource qualifiers Android also allows to use resource qualifiers to specify that certain resources should only be used for certain resolutions. For special purposes you can also use more special classes. The base class for Fragments is android. so that it always occupies the same physical space. Fragments are components with their own lifecycle and their own user interface.1.1.g. The unit of measurement which should be used is "dp" (which is the same as "dip" but shorter). if an Activity is destroyed its Fragments will also get destroyed. You can therefore use the following formulator to calculate the right amount of pixels for a dimension specified in dp. The Android SDK expects that you specify everything in pixels. which was the size of the first Android device (G1). } 19. depending on the device. Here you can inflate an layout. for example to the text elements via style=”@style/text”.vogella. On a mdpi device "dp" will be equal to pixel but it will be smaller on a ldpi (approx. 240dpi) device. If a Fragment component is defined in an XML layout file. e.Android Development Tutorial http://www. Android will automatically scale it. If an Activity is stopped its Fragments will also be stopped. e.Fragment.getDisplayMetrics(). This size is also known as mdpi (medium dots per inch).5f).density. The onCreateView() method is called by Android once the Fragment should create its user interface. Using device independent pixel Android devices are different in terms of resolution and in terms of density. 35 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . layout files. If you specify the size in "dp". They can be defined via layout files or via coding. like ListFragment or DialogFragment. You can use "dp" in your resources. Supporting different screen sizes 19. Overview Fragment components allow you to organize your application code so that it is easier to support different sized devices.2. 320x480 with 160dpi (dots per inch).app.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. 120dip) and larger on a hdip(approx.g. Therefore it is recommended never to use fixed sized dimensions.

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

import import import import import android. "WindowsMobile".app.fragments. "Blackberry".html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social Create a new project de.onCreate(savedInstanceState). Create layouts for portrait mode Create or change the following layout files in the "res/layout/" folder. "OS/2" }.ListFragment" ></fragment> <fragment android:id="@+id/detailFragment" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" class="de.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.fragments with an Activity called MainActivity.ListFragment { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.Android Development Tutorial http://www. "Max OS X". <?xml version="" 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.xml" file.widget. "Windows7".0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.fragments. android. This layout will be used by MainActivity in landscape mode and shows two Fragments.vogella.ArrayAdapter.xml".vogella. Create Fragment classes Create now the Fragment classes. This layout will be used by the DetailFragment. public class ListFragment extends "Ubuntu". First create the following file called "details.Preview: layout=@layout/details --> </fragment> </LinearLayout>" > <!" 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=" package de.4. } @Override public void onActivityCreated(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. android. Create the ListFragment class. "Linux".vogella. 21.view.Bundle.vogella.fragments. android. String[] values = new String[] { "Android".onActivityCreated(savedInstanceState) "iPhone".vogella.content. "WebOS".android.Intent. <?xml version="1. 37 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .

View.widget.class).xml" layout file in "res/layout-port". startActivity(intent).TextView.ViewGroup. android. In portrait mode Android will check the "layout-port" folder for fitting layout files.Android Development Tutorial http://www. if (fragment != null && } @Override public void onActivityCreated(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super. view.detailFragment).com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:orientation="horizontal" > <fragment android:id="@+id/listFragment" 38 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .onActivityCreated(savedInstanceState). DetailActivity. intent. android.xml file in portrait model then in landscape mode. return view. package de.onCreate(savedInstanceState). Android would check the "layout" folder.getItem(position).getApplicationContext(). Log. } @Override public void onListItemClick(ListView l. Only if we would not have a "main. container. false).findFragmentById(R.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social setListAdapter(adapter). ViewGroup container. int position. Therefore create the following "main.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas. public class DetailFragment extends Fragment { @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.findViewById(R. } } } Create the DetailFragment class. Create layouts for landscape mode We want that Android uses a different main.putExtra("value". DetailFragment fragment = (DetailFragment) getFragmentManager() .isInLayout()) { fragment.inflate(R. For this reason create the "res/layout-port" folder.details.setText(item). } public void setText(String item) { TextView view = (TextView) getView().LayoutInflater. } @Override public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater. Bundle savedInstanceState) { View view = inflater.fragments. android.detailsText).id.e("Test" } else { Intent intent = new Intent(getActivity(). android. } } 21.5.vogella. import import import import import import import android.vogella. <?xml version="1. View v.Log. android. long id) { String item = (String) getListAdapter().Bundle.setText(item).id.Fragment.view. item).layout. "hello").view.view.xml" file in "layout-port".

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

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 It also allows the application to set the current geo position and allows you to perform a performance trace of your application. 23.print() statements) via the LogCat view. 22.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social to switch the orientation. Shell 40 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM .2.1. File explorer The file explorer allows to see the files on the Android simulator. In horizontal mode you should see two Fragments. 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.out. Select Window → Open Perspective → Other → DDMS to open this perspective. DDMS .vogella.Android Development Tutorial http://www. In horizontal mode your second Fragment should display the select item. LogCat View You can see the log (including System. 22. If you select an item in portrait mode a new Activity should get started with the selected item.

Open a shell. then enable USB debugging. Emulator Console via telnet Alternatively to adb you can also use telnet to connect to the device. set your current geocodes. switch to your "android-sdk" installation directory into the folder "tools". You can also uninstall an app via adb with the package name.vogella.Android Development Tutorial http://www.2.g. incoming call. For example to change the power settings of your phone. ls.html Home Tutorials Trainings Books Social You can access your Android emulator also via the console. # Lists all devices adb devices #Result List of devices attached emulator-5554 attached emulator-5555 attached # Issue a command to a specific device adb -s emulator-5554 shell 23. To exit the console session. e. change the network "stability".de/articles/Android/article. # 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. The application data is stored in the directory "/data/data/package_of_your_app". If you have several devices running you can issue commands to one individual device. For details please see 41 of 43 3/9/2012 10:02 AM . use the command "quit" or "exit".g. Deploy your application on a real device Turn on "USB Debugging" on your device in the settings. This allows you to simulate certain things. You also need to install the driver for your mobile phone. etc. etc. to receive an sms and to get an incoming call make the following. Use "telnet localhost 5554" to connect to your simulated device. e. Select in the settings Applications > Development. // 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. adb uninstall <packagename> 23. adb shell You can also copy a file from and to your device via the following commands. Switch the data/app directory (cd /data/app) and simply delete your android application.3. Uninstall an application via adb You can uninstall an android application via the shell. Start the shell via the following command "adb shell". rm. mkdir.

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