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.

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