Sometimes you'll want to populate a view group with some information that can't be hard-coded, instead, you want to bind your view to an external source of data. To do this, you use an AdapterView as your view group and each child View is initialized and populated with data from the Adapter.

The AdapterView object is an implementation of ViewGroup that determines its child views based on a given Adapter object. The Adapter acts like a courier between your data source (perhaps an array of external strings) and the AdapterView, which displays it. There are several implementations of the Adapter class, for specific tasks, such as the CursorAdapter for reading database data from a Cursor, or an ArrayAdapter for reading from an arbitrary array.

• To learn more about using an Adapter to populate your views, read Binding to Data with AdapterView. Styles and Themes

Perhaps you're not satisfied with the look of the standard widgets. To revise them, you can create some of your own styles and themes.

• A style is a set of one or more formatting attributes that you can apply as a unit to individual elements in your layout. For example, you could define a style that specifies a certain text size and color, then apply it to only specific View elements.

• A theme is a set of one or more formatting attributes that you can apply as a unit to all activities in an application, or just a single activity. For example, you could define a theme that sets specific colors for the window frame and the panel background, and sets text sizes and colors for menus. This theme can then be applied to specific activities or the entire application.

Styles and themes are resources. Android provides some default style and theme resources that you can use, or you can declare your own custom style and theme resources.

Learn more about using styles and themes in the Applying Styles and Themes document.

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