Creating the FindAFriend Activity

To begin this section, create two files, findafriend.xml and Once again, these files will hold your layout and code for the current section, respectively.

The layout file is very basic and contains only a TextView. This TextView will be used to write results to in your list of friends. The full findafriend.xml file should appear as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<TextView xmlns:android="" android:id="@android:id/text1" android:layout_width="fill_parent"

android:layout_height="?android:attr/listPreferredItemHeight" android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLargeInverse" android:gravity="center_vertical" android:paddingLeft="2 7dip"

The full contents of the file follows. All of the code in this file has already been covered in this chapter. First, you read the database and write the results to a ListView. The user is then given menu options to edit or delete entries, or launch the FriendsMap Activity. Piece of cake, right?

package android_programmers_guide.FindAFriend;

import android_programmers_guide.FindAFriend.Friends;


import android.content.ComponentName;

import android.content.Intent;

import android.content.ContentUris;

import android.database.Cursor;



import android.os.Bundle;

import android.view.Menu;

import android.view.View;

import android.view.View.MeasureSpec;

import android.widget.ListAdapter;

import android.widget.ListView;

import android.widget.SimpleCursorAdapter;

import android.widget.TextView;

public class FindAFriend extends ListActivity {

public static final int DELETE_ID = Menu.FIRST; public static final int INSERT_ID = Menu.FIRST + 1; public static final int FIND_FRIENDS = Menu.FIRST + 2;

private static final String[] PROJECTION = new String[] { Friends.Friend._ID, Friends.Friend.NAME};

private Cursor mCursor;

@Override protected void onCreate(Bundle icicle) { super.onCreate(icicle);


Intent intent = getIntent(); if (intent.getData() == null) {



mCursor = managedQuery(getIntent().getData(), PROJECTION, null, null);

ListAdapter adapter = new SimpleCursorAdapter(this, R.layout.findafriend_item, mCursor, new String[] {Friends.Friend.NAME}, new int[] {});


private void setupList() {

View view = getViewInflate().inflate(

android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1, null, null);

TextView v = (TextView) view.findViewById(; v.setText("X");




@Override public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) { super.onCreateOptionsMenu(menu);

menu.add(0, INSERT_ID, R.string.menu_insert).setShortcut('3', 'a');

Intent intent = new Intent(null, getIntent().getData());



Menu.ALTERNATIVE, 0, new ComponentName(this, FindAFriend.class), null, intent, 0, null);

return true;

@Override public boolean onPrepareOptionsMenu(Menu menu) { super.onPrepareOptionsMenu(menu); final boolean haveItems = mCursor.count() > 0;

Uri uri = ContentUris.withAppendedId(getIntent().getData(), getSelectedItemId());

Intent[] specifics = new Intent[1];

specifics[0] = new Intent(Intent.EDIT_ACTION, uri); Menu.Item[] items = new Menu.Item[1];

Intent intent = new Intent(null, uri);

intent.addCategory(Intent.SELECTED_ALTERNATIVE_CATEGORY); menu.addIntentOptions(Menu.SELECTED_ALTERNATIVE, 0, null, specifics, intent, 0, items);

menu.add(Menu.SELECTED_ALTERNATIVE, DELETE_ID, R.string.menu_delete)

.setShortcut('2', 'd'); menu.add(Menu.SELECTED_ALTERNATIVE, FIND_FRIENDS, R.string.find_friends).setShortcut('4', 'f'); if (items[0] != null) {


menu.setItemShown(DELETE_ID, haveItems); return true;

@Override public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(Menu.Item item) { switch (item.getId()) { case DELETE_ID:


return true; case INSERT_ID:

insertItem(); return true; case FIND_FRIENDS:

Intent findfriends = new Intent(this, FriendsMap.class);


return true;

return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

@Override protected void onListItemClick(ListView l, View v, int position, long id) {

Uri url = ContentUris.withAppendedId(getIntent().getData(), id);

String action = getIntent().getAction(); if (Intent.PICK_ACTION.equals(action)

|| Intent.GET_CONTENT_ACTION.equals(action)) { setResult(RESULT_OK, url.toString()); } else {

startActivity(new Intent(Intent.EDIT_ACTION, url));

private final void deleteItem() {

mCursor.moveTo(getSelectedItemPosition()); mCursor.deleteRow();

private final void insertItem() {

startActivity(new Intent(Intent.INSERT_ACTION, getIntent().getData())); }

While this was the longest Activity that you have created in this book, it should still be noted that the relative amount of programming needed to do what you did is fairly small. Next, run this Activity and see the result of all your work.

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