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Android Development Tutorial - Gingerbread
Version 7.8 Copyright © 2009 - 2011 Lars Vogel 11.07.2011
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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 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). Table of Contents 1. Android Development 1.1. Android Operation System 1.2. Important Android components 1.3. Security and permissions 1.4. AndroidManifest.xml 1.5. R.java, Resources and Assets 1.6. Activities and Layouts 1.7. Activities and Lifecyle 1.8. Context 2. Installation 2.1. Android SDK 2.2. Eclipse 2.3. Configuration 2.4. Android Source Code 3. Create an Android Emulator Device 4. Error handling 5. Your first Android project 5.1. Create Project 5.2. Two faces of things
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5.3. Create attributes 5.4. Add UI Elements 5.5. Edit UI properties 5.6. Code your application 5.7. Start Project 5.8. Using the home menu 6. Menus 6.1. Menus 6.2. Project 6.3. Add a menu XML resource 7. Preferences and Intents 7.1. Overview 7.2. Using preferences 7.3. Run 8. Dialogs via the AlertDialog 9. TableLayout 9.1. Overview 9.2. Example 10. ContentProvider 10.1. Overview 10.2. Create contacts on your emulator 10.3. Using the Contact Content Provider 11. ScrollView 12. DDMS perspective and important views 12.1. DDMS - Dalvik Debug Monitor Server 12.2. LogCat View 12.3. File explorer 13. Shell 13.1. Android Debugging Bridge - Shell 13.2. Uninstall an application via adb 13.3. Emulator Console via telnet 14. Deploy your application on a real device 15. Thank you 16. Questions and Discussion 17. Links and Literature 17.1. Source Code 17.2. Android Resources 17.3. vogella Resources
1. Android Development
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1.1. Android Operation System
Android is an operating system based on Linux with a Java programming interface. It provides tools, e.g. a compiler, debugger and a device emulator as well as its own Java Virtual machine (Dalvik Virtual Machine - DVM). Android is created by the Open Handset Alliance which is lead by Google. Android uses a special virtual machine, e.g. the Dalvik Virtual Machine. Dalvik uses special bytecode. Therefore you cannot run standard Java bytecode on Android. Android provides a tool "dx" which allows to convert Java Class files into "dex" (Dalvik Executable) files. Android applications are packed into an .apk (Android Package) file by the program "aapt" (Android Asset Packaging Tool) To simplify development Google provides the Android Development Tools (ADT) for Eclipse . The ADT performs automatically the conversion from class to dex files and creates the apk during deployment. Android supports 2-D and 3-D graphics using the OpenGL libraries and supports data storage in a SQLite database. Every Android applications runs in its own process and under its own userid which is generated automatically by the Android system during deployment. Therefore the application is isolated from other running applications and a misbehaving application cannot easily harm other Android applications.
1.2. Important Android components
An Android application consists out of the following parts: Activity - Represents the presentation layer of an Android application, e.g. a screen which the user sees. An Android application can have several activities and it can be switched between them during runtime of the application. Views - The User interface of an Activities is build with widgets classes which inherent from "android.view.View". The layout of the views is managed by "android.view.ViewGroups". Services - perform background tasks without providing an UI. They can notify the user via the notification framework in Android. Content Provider - provides data to applications, via a content provider your application can share data with other applications. Android contains a SQLite DB which can serve as data provider Intents are asynchronous messages which allow the application to request functionality from other services or activities. An application can call directly a service or activity (explicit intent) or ask the Android system for registered services and applications for an intent (implicit intents). For example the application could ask via an intent for a contact application. Application register themself to an intent via an IntentFilter. Intents are a powerful concept as they allow to create loosely coupled applications. Broadcast Receiver - receives system messages and implicit intents, can be used to react to changed conditions in the system. An application can register as a broadcast receiver for certain events and can be started if such an event occurs. Other Android parts are Android widgets or Live Folders and Live Wallpapers . Live Folders display any source of data on the homescreen without launching the corresponding application.
1.3. Security and permissions
Android defines certain permissions for certain tasks. For example if the application want to access the Internet it must define in its configuration file that it would like to use the related permission. During the installation of an Android application the user get a screen in which he needs to confirm the required permissions of the application.
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An Android application is described the file "AndroidManifest.xml". This file must declare all activities, services, broadcast receivers and content provider of the application. It must also contain the required permissions for the application. For example if the application requires network access it must be specified here. "AndroidManifest.xml" can be thought as the deployment descriptor for an Android application.
The "package" attribute defines the base package for the following Java elements. It also must be unique as the Android Marketplace only allows application for a specfic package once. Therefore a good habit is to use your reverse domain name as a package to avoid collisions with other developers. "android:versionName" and "android:versionCode" specify the version of your application. "versionName" is what the user sees and can be any string. "versionCode" must be an integer and the Android Market uses this to determine if you provided a newer version to trigger the update on devices which have your application installed. You typically start with "1" and increase this value by one if you roll-out a new version of your application. "activity" defines an activity in this example pointing to the class "de.vogella.android.temperature.Convert". For this class an intent filter is registered which defines that this activity is started once the application starts (action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"). The category definition (category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" ) defines that this application is added to the application directory on the Android device. The @ values refer to resource files which contain the actual values. This makes it easy to provide different resources, e.g. strings, colors, icons, for different devices and makes it easy to translate applications. The "uses-sdk" part of the "AndroidManifest.xml" defines the minimal SDK version your application is valid for. This will prevent your application being installed on devices with older SDK versions.
1.5. R.java, Resources and Assets
The directory "gen" in an Android project contains generated values. "R.java" is a generated class which contains references to resources of the "res" folder in the project. These resources are defined in the "res" directory and can be values, menus, layouts, icons or pictures or animations. For example a resource can be an image or an XML files which defines strings. If you create a new resources, the corresponding reference is automatically created in "R.java". The references are static int values, the Android system provides methods to
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access the corresponding resource. For example to access a String with the reference id "R.string.yourString" use the method getString(R.string.yourString)); Please do not try to modify "R.java" manually. While the directory"res" contains structured values which are known to the Android platform the directory "assets" can be used to store any kind of data. In Java you can access this data via the AssetsManager and the method getAssets().
1.6. Activities and Layouts
The user interface for Activities is defined via layouts. Layouts are at runtime instances of "android.view.ViewGroups". The layout defines the UI elements, their properties and their arragement. UI elements are based on the class "android.view.View". ViewGroup is a subclass of View A and a layout can contain UI components (Views) or other layouts (ViewGroups). You should not nestle ViewGroups to deeply as this has a negativ impact on performance. A layout can be defined via Java code or via XML. You typically uses Java code to generate the layout if you don't know the content until runtime; for example if your layout depends on content which you read from the internet. XML based layouts are defined via a resource file in the folder "/res/layout". This file specifies the view groups, views, their relationship and their attributes for a specific layout. If a UI element needs to be accessed via Java code you have to give the UI element an unique id via the "android:id" attribute. To assign a new id to an UI element use "@+id/yourvalue". By conversion this will create and assign a new id "yourvalue" to the corresponding UI element. In your Java code you can later access these UI elements via the method findViewById(R.id.yourvalue). Defining layouts via XML is usually the preferred way as this separates the programming logic from the layout definition. It also allows to define different layouts for different devices. You can also mix both approaches.
1.7. Activities and Lifecyle
The operating system controls the life cycle of your application. At any time the Android system may stop or destroy your application, e.g. because of an incoming call. The Android system defines a life cycle for an activities via pre-defined methods. The most important methods are: onSaveInstanceState() - called if the activity is stopped. Used to save data so that the activity can restore its states if re-started onPause() - always called if the Activity ends, can be used to release ressource or save data onResume() - called if the Activity is re-started, can be used to initiaze fields The activity will also be restarted if a so called "configuration change" happens. A configuration change for examples happens if the user changes the orientation of the device (vertical or horizontal). The activity is in this case restarted to enable the Android platform to load different resources for these configuration, e.g. layouts for vertical or horizontal mode. In the emulator you can simulate the change of the orientation via CNTR+F11. You can avoid a restart of your application for certain configuration changes via the configChanges attribute on your activity definition in your AndroidManifest.xml. The following activity will not be restarted in case of orientation changes or position of the physical keyboard (hidden / visible).
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1. 6 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . 2. I placed it under "c:\android-sdk-windows" .g.vogella.Gingerbread http://www. Context The class android.Context provides the connections to the Android system.content. 2.g. 2. Eclipse Use the Eclipse update manager to install all available plugins for the Android Development Tools (ADT) from the URL https://dl-ssl. For details please see Eclipse Tutorial . As Activities and Services extend the class "Context" you can directly access the context via "this".de/articles/Android/article. e. Configuration In Eclipse open the Preferences dialog via Windows -> Preferences. It is the interface to global information about the application environment.html#emulator_console 1. Select Android and enter the installation path of the Android SDK.com/android/eclipse/ . 2.8. Select Window -> Android SDK and AVD Manager from the menu. Installation The following assume that you have already Eclipse installed. Context also provides the method getSystemService() which allows to receive Android services.Android Development Tutorial . the Location Service . The download contains a zip file which you can extract to any place in your file system.3. e. Android SDK Download the Android SDK from the Android homepage under Android SDK download .google.2.
7 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .html#emulator_console Select available packages and select the Android 2.Android Development Tutorial .vogella.de/articles/Android/article.Gingerbread http://www.3 (API10) version of the SDK.3.
Gingerbread http://www. Android Source Code The following step is optional.vogella. After the installation restart Eclipse. 8 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . 2.de/articles/Android/article.4.html#emulator_console Press "Install selected" and confirm the license for all package.Android Development Tutorial .
android.update".Android Development Tutorial . More details can be found on the project website .vogella.com/svn/trunk/source/com.de/articles/Android/article.eclipse.com/svn/trunk/binedit /com. Update site: "http://adtaddons. To define an AVD press the device manager button. 9 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .source. You can emulate one or several devices with different configurations.Gingerbread http://www.ide.googlecode.android. Each configuration is defined via an "Android Virtual Device" (AVD).binedit. 3. Create an Android Emulator Device The Android tools include an emulator. press "New" and enter the following.googlecode.update" and "http://adt-addons.html#emulator_console During Android development it is very useful to have the Android source code available as Android uses a lot of defaults.eclipse. Haris Peco maintains plugins which provides access to the Android Source code code.ide. Use the Eclipse update manager to install two of his plugins. This emulator behaves like a real Android device in most cases and allow you to test your application without having a real device.
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vogella. After (a long time) your device should be started. select your device and press "Start". Error handling 11 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .Gingerbread http://www.de/articles/Android/article. 4.html#emulator_console At the end press the button "Create AVD". To test if your setup is correct.Android Development Tutorial .This will create the device and display it under the "Virtual devices".
Select File -> New -> Other -> Android -> Android Project and create the Android project "de.Android Development Tutorial .de/articles/Android/article. Create Project This app is also available on the Android Marketplace.vogella. Enter the following. Your first Android project 5. Several users report that get the following errors: 1. 5.java. 3..1. Project .Gingerbread http://www.vogella. The project could not be built until build path errors are resolved. If you having problems with your own code you can use the LogCat viewer as described in LogCat Viewer .temperature".html#emulator_console Things are not always working as they should be. Search for "vogella" for find this example.. 12 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . is missing required source folder: 'gen' 2. To solve this error select from the menu Project -> Clean.android. Unable to open class file R.
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In Java you can access this data via the AssetsManager and the method getAssets(). This should create the following directory structure.2.Gingerbread http://www. While "res" contains structured values which are known to the Android platform the directory "assets" can be used to store any kind of data. 5.html#emulator_console Press "Finish".Android Development Tutorial .vogella. Two faces of things 14 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .de/articles/Android/article.
These attributes can be used in your UI definition via XML or in your Java source code. You can switch between both things by clicking on the tab on the lower part of the screen. 15 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . Select "Color" and enter "myColor" as the name and "#3399CC" as the value. strings and UI's. for strings and / or colors. Create attributes Android allows you to create attributes for resources. For example in the Package Explorer select "res/layout/main.g. e. in two ways. e.g.de/articles/Android/article.xml".Android Development Tutorial .Gingerbread http://www.html#emulator_console The Android SDK allows to define certain artifacts. via a rich editor and directly via XML.xml" and press "Add". The following description tries to use the rich UI but for validation lists also the XML.3. Select the file "res/values/string.vogella. 5.
de/articles/Android/article.html#emulator_console Add also the following "String" attributes. String Attributes Name celsius fahrenheit calc Value to Celsius to Fahrenheit Calculate myClickHandler myClickHandler 16 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .vogella.Gingerbread http://www. String attributes allow to translate the application at a later point. Table 1.Android Development Tutorial .
html#emulator_console Switch to the XML representation and validate the values. 5.vogella. Please note that the "Palette" view changes frequently so your view might be a bit different.de/articles/Android/article.xml" and open the Android editor via a double-click.4.Gingerbread http://www. For changing the postion and grouping elements you can use the outline view. The following shows a screenshot of the Palette view from which you can drag and drop new UI elements into your layout.Android Development Tutorial . 17 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . You can switch between both representations via the tabs at the bottom of the editor. This editor allows you to create the UI via drag and drop or via the XML source code. Add UI Elements Select "res/layout/main.
Make sure that your code is the same as listed below. All object types in the section "Text Fields” derive from the class "EditText". From the Palette section Form Widgets. Now select the Palette section “Form Widgets” and drag a “RadioGroup” object onto the layout. select Text Fields and locate “Plain Text”. The number of radio buttons added to the radio button group depends on your version of Eclipse. Then.Android Development Tutorial . they just specify via an additional attribute which text type can be used. Drag this onto the layout to create a text input field. from the “Palette” view. The result should look like the following and the corresponding XML is listed below.vogella.Gingerbread http://www. Make sure there are two radio buttons by deleting or adding radio buttons to the group. Hello!” in the layout.de/articles/Android/article.html#emulator_console Right-click on the text object “Hello World. Select Delete on the popup menu to remove the text object. drag a Button object onto the layout. 18 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .
Edit UI properties If you select a UI element you can change its properties via the properties view. right mouse click on it. select Properties-> Text and delete the content.Gingerbread http://www.5. Select the EditText field. 5.de/articles/Android/article.Android Development Tutorial . Most of the properties can also be changed via the right mouse menu.xml" and verify that your XML looks like the following.html#emulator_console Switch to "main.vogella. This means no text will be initially shown in the text field. 19 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .
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Gingerbread http://www. 21 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .de/articles/Android/article.html#emulator_console Assign the "celsius" string attribute to your "text" property of the first radio button and "fahrenheit" to the second.Android Development Tutorial .vogella.
. Select “Color” and then “myColor” in the list.vogella. Set the "Input type" property to "numberSigned" and "numberDecimal" on your EditText.Android Development Tutorial .de/articles/Android/article.Gingerbread http://www. then select “Properties”/”Background. 22 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . Assign "calc" to the text property of your button and assign "myClickHandler" to the "onClick" property.” from the popup menu..html#emulator_console From now on I assume you are able to use the properties menu on the UI elements. Set the property "Checked" to true for the first RadioButton. Right-click on the view in Graphical Layout mode.
6.vogella.xml" tab and verify that the XML is correctly maintained. 5.Android Development Tutorial .Gingerbread http://www. Note that the "myClickHandler" will be called based on the "On Click" property of your button. Code your application Change your code in "Convert. 23 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .html#emulator_console Switch to the "main.de/articles/Android/article.java" to the following.
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Gingerbread http://www. Run-As-> Android Application Be patient. select your conversion and press the button. the emulator starts up very slow. 25 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .7. right click on it. The result should be displayed and the other option should get selected. You should get the following result.de/articles/Android/article.Android Development Tutorial . select your project. Start Project To start the Android Application.vogella.html#emulator_console 5. Type in a number.
Gingerbread http://www.Android Development Tutorial .de/articles/Android/article. Using the home menu If you press the Home button you can also select your application.8.html#emulator_console 5. 26 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .vogella.
Android Development Tutorial .com.dextra.br/Cadastre-se 6.impacta.html#emulator_console Treinamento Android em SP Aprenda a criar aplicativos Android na Dextra. Nova turma em setembro! Promoção: Cadastre-se Cadastre-se em 5 Seg e Receba Todo Dia Ofertas de no Mínimo 50% OFF! Curso de Android Descubra como desenvolver aplicativos móveis na Impacta! www.Gingerbread http://www.vogella.br www.com.com.br PeixeUrbano.de/articles/Android/article. Menus 27 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .
onCreateContextMenu() is only called once.Android Development Tutorial . If you want to influence the menu later you have to use the method onPrepareOptionsMenu(). First is the option menu which can be opened via the menu button.3. Select your project.html#emulator_console 6. "EditText" provides context options to select text. You get a MenuInflator via your activity with the method getMenuInflator().1. Create a project "de.android. The option menu of your activity is filled in the method onCreateOptionsMenu() of your activity.xml" and press the button "Finish". Add a menu XML resource Menus can be defined via XML files. e. You can register here a menu via your code or use a XML menu resources which you inflate via a "MenuInflator". enter as File "menu.g. Change the UI in the file "/res/layout/main.vogella. The Android platform may also add options to your view.xml" to the following: 6. etc. A context menu is activated if the user "long presses" the view.preferences" with the activity "HelloPreferences".2. The method onCreateContextMenu() is called every time a context menu is activated as the context menu is discarded after its usage. Menus To use menus Android provides two ways. 6. right click on it and select New -> Other -> Android -> "Android XML File".Gingerbread http://www. The second option to display a menu is to use the context menu for a UI widget (view). how to define preferences and how to navigate between activities via an intent . A context menu for a view is registered via the method registerForContextMenu(view).vogella. 28 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . Project This chapter will demonstrate how to create and evaluate a option menu.de/articles/Android/article. Select the option "Menu".
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Gingerbread http://www. We will have only one entry. 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. Maintain the following value. 30 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .html#emulator_console Press Add and select "Item". Change your class "HelloPreferences" to the following.vogella.Android Development Tutorial . The behavior in "onOptionsItemSelected" is currently hard-coded to show a Toast and will soon call the preference settings. The OnCreateOptionsMenu method is used to create the menu.de/articles/Android/article. This defines the entries in your menu.
31 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .Android Development Tutorial . Your menu should be displayed.html#emulator_console Run your application and press "Menu" on the emulator.Gingerbread http://www. If you select the menu entry you should see a small info message.vogella.de/articles/Android/article.
android.de/articles/Android/article. We will use them in the next chapter. 7.preferences" from the last chapter. Preferences and Intents 7.2. Intents allow you to start Activities from other Activities.vogella.Android Development Tutorial .Gingerbread http://www.1.html#emulator_console The two "Preference" buttons are not yet active.vogella. Overview Preferences allow you to save data for your application. 7. Preferences are stored as key values. Using preferences We will continue using the example project "de. 32 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .
Create another Android XML File "preferences.Gingerbread http://www.Android Development Tutorial .xml" this time of type "Preference".de/articles/Android/article. 33 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .vogella.html#emulator_console Preference values can also be stored as a XML resource.
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vogella.html#emulator_console Press Add.Gingerbread http://www.Android Development Tutorial .de/articles/Android/article. add a category and add two preferences "EditTextPreferences" to this category : "User" and "Password". 35 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .
Android Development Tutorial . Create the class "Preferences" which will load the "preference.vogella.xml" file.xml". To make this class available as an activity for Android you need to register it in your "AndroidManifest. Add the activity "Preferences".de/articles/Android/article. This activity can load a preference definition resources via the method addPreferencesFromResource().Gingerbread http://www. Select "AndroidManifest. 36 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .html#emulator_console To allow the user to enter the preference value you can define a Activity with extends PreferenceActivity.xml" and the tab "Application".
html#emulator_console 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 37 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .Gingerbread http://www.de/articles/Android/article.vogella.Android Development Tutorial .
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de/articles/Android/article.vogella. Even though we currently have only one option in our menu we use a switch to be ready for several new menu entries. 39 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . Press the "menu" hardware button and then select your menu item "Preferences".html#emulator_console We will update the method onOptionsItemSelected() to open the activity "Preferences" once you select the option menu.3. If you press the second button the username should be reversed. You should be able to enter your user settings then press the back hardware button to return to your main activity. 7.Gingerbread http://www. Run Run your application. To see the current values of the preferences we define a button and use the class "PreferenceManager" to get the sharedPreferences.Android Development Tutorial . The saved values should be displayed in a small message windows (Toast) if you press your first button.
AlertDialog is used to open a dialog from our activity. In this chapter we will use the class "AlertDialog". Create a new Android project "de.html#emulator_console 8. 40 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .vogella.android.Android Development Tutorial .xml". Dialogs via the AlertDialog We have already used a "Toast" which is a small message window which does not take the focus.Gingerbread http://www.g.vogella. e.alertdialog" with the activity "ShowMyDialog". An instance of this class can be created by the builder pattern. This method is automatically called by Android if you call showDialog(int).de/articles/Android/article. you can chain your method calls. You should always open a dialog from the class onCreateDialog(int) as the Android system manages the dialog in this case for you. Maintain the following layout for "main. This modal dialog gets the focus until the user closes it.
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de/articles/Android/article. More on dialogs can be found on Android Dialogs standard documentation.vogella.html#emulator_console If you run your application and click your button you should see your dialog. TableLayout 42 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . 9.Gingerbread http://www.Android Development Tutorial .
html#emulator_console 9.de/articles/Android/article. On the "TableLayout" you can define which column should take additional space via the "android:stretchColumns" attribute.1.vogella. If several columns should take the available space you can specify them as a comma-separated list. You can also put non TableRows in a table.vogella. Change "main.xml" to the following. Via Java you can display / hide these columns via the method setColumnVisible(). Per default each widgets creates a new column in the row. This layout allows you to organize a view into a table format. You specify via the view group "TableRow" rows for your table. This way you can for example add dividers between your columns.Gingerbread http://www. You can specific via "android:layout_column" the column a widget should go and via "android:layout_span" how many columns a widget should take. Example Create the project "de. 43 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . Afterwards you put widgets into the individual rows.2.android. which will try to word-wrap the content of the specified widgets and the attribute "android:collapseColums" to define initially hidden columns. LinearLayout can be nested to achieve nice effects. Columns will be automatically created based on the maximum number of widgets in one row. Similar you can use the attribute "android:shrinkColumn".layout. Overview In earlier chapter we have used the LinearLayout which allows you to stack widgets vertical or horizontal. 9. This chapter will demonstrate the usage of "TableLayout".table" with the activity "DemoTableLayout".Android Development Tutorial .
Create contacts on your emulator For this example we need a few maintained contacts.1.Android Development Tutorial . ContentProvider 10. Select the home menu and then the menu entry "Contacts" to create contacts.2.de/articles/Android/article. 10.Gingerbread http://www.vogella. Overview ContentProvider are used to provide data from an application to another.html#emulator_console Change the activity "DemoTableLayout" to the following to use the button to hide the second column in the table. The following example will use an existing context provider from "Contacts". 10. 44 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . ContentProvider do not store the data but provide the interface for other applications to access the data.
vogella. 45 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .Android Development Tutorial .Gingerbread http://www.html#emulator_console Press Menu and select "New Contact".de/articles/Android/article.
46 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .vogella.de/articles/Android/article.Android Development Tutorial .html#emulator_console As a result you should have a few new contacts.Gingerbread http://www.
47 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . Using the Contact Content Provider Create a new Android project "de.vogella.html#emulator_console 10. Delete the default text. Also change the layout_height to "fill_parent".3.de/articles/Android/article.xml should look like the following. The resulting main.Android Development Tutorial .Gingerbread http://www.vogella.contentprovider" with the activity "ContactsView". Rename the id of the existing TextView from the example wizard to "contactview".android.
From the drop-down list select the entry "android. 48 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . On that tab click the "Add" button. Open the AndroidManifest.Android Development Tutorial . and select "Uses Permission".xml.vogella.html#emulator_console Access to the contact content provider require a certain permission as not all applications should have access to the contact information.Gingerbread http://www. Change the coding of the activity.de/articles/Android/article.permission.READ_CONTACTS". and select the Permissions tab.
scrollview" with the activity "ScrollView". If the view is to big the ScrollView will display a scroll bar to scroll the context.vogella. Please see the ListView Tutorial for details.vogella. Create an android project "de. 11.android.Android Development Tutorial . Of course this view can be a layout which can then contain other elements.html#emulator_console Typically you would display such data in a ListView . 49 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .de/articles/Android/article. ScrollView ScrollViews can be used to contain one view that might be to big to fit on one screen. The attribute "android:fillViewport="true"" ensures that the 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.Gingerbread http://www. Create the following layout and class.
2.print() statements) via the LogCat view. 50 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .1. 12. Open it to see the possible options. It also allow to set the current geo position and to perform a performance trace of your application.out. DDMS perspective and important views 12. DDMS .de/articles/Android/article.Dalvik Debug Monitor Server Eclipse provides a perspective for interacting with your device and program. LogCat View You can see the log (including System.Gingerbread http://www.vogella. This perspective includes the following views which can also be used independently and allows to place calls and send SMS to the device.html#emulator_console 12.Android Development Tutorial .
File explorer The file explorer allows to see the files on the android simulator.html#emulator_console 12.Android Development Tutorial . 51 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .vogella.de/articles/Android/article.Gingerbread http://www.3.
Shell You can access your Android emulator also via the console. 52 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 .html#emulator_console 13.Gingerbread http://www. Start the shell via the following command "adb shell".Android Development Tutorial .1. You can also copy file from and to your device via the following commands. Open a shell. Android Debugging Bridge . switch to your "android-sdk" installation directory into the folder "tools".vogella. Shell 13.de/articles/Android/article.
Gingerbread http://www.g. Use "telnet localhost 5554" to conntect to your simulated device. For example to change the power settings of your phone. 13. Deploy your application on a real device Turn on "USB Debugging" on your device in the settings.3.vogella. then enable USB debugging.2. For more information on the emulator console please see Emulator Console manual 14. Select in the settings Applications > Development. mkdir. This allows you to simulate certain things. Emulator Console via telnet Alternatively to adb you can also use telnet to connect to the device.de/articles/Android/article. If you have several devices running you can issue commands to one individuel device. set your current geocodes. to receive an sms and to get an incoming call make the following. Switch the the data/app directory (cd /data/app) and simply delete your android application. etc. 13. e. e.g. incoming call. etc. use the command "quit" or "exit". To exit the console session. rm. You also need to install the driver for 53 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . ls.html#emulator_console This will connect you to your device and give you Linux command line access to the underlying file system.Android Development Tutorial . change the network "stability". The application data is stored in the directory "/data/data/package_of_your_app". Uninstall an application via adb You can uninstall an android application via the shell.
Questions and Discussion 54 de 56 04/08/2011 12:58 . 15.de/articles/Android/article.Gingerbread http://www. select "Manual" selection and select your device. Thank you Please help me to support this article: 2 16.Android Development Tutorial . select the "Run Configurations". Please note that the Android version you are developing for must be the installed version on your phone. For details please see Developing on a Device . To select your phone.html#emulator_console your mobile phone.vogella.
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