Thursday, August 19, 2010

Miscellaneous Tips

How to stretch a control?

Set Layout_weight to greater than 0




Issue with Check box in a list view

When I use anything other than textview in a listview, the context menu stop working. Now to have a check box in a list view, I have to use CheckedTextView. But the text in CheckedTextView appears on the left side of the checkbox. I don’t know how to change it, so I use a CheckedTextView with no text and a TextView.


Show checkbox in CheckedTextView

<CheckedTextView android:id="@+id/categoryCheckedTextView"

Display simple MessageBox in Android

AlertDialog alertDialog;
alertDialog = new AlertDialog.Builder(this).create();
alertDialog.setTitle("Packing List");
alertDialog.setMessage("Could not find the file.");;


Change emulator orientation

Use KEYPAD_7 or KEYPAD_9 on you desktop. You need to turn off your Num Lock.

Dynamically change the background color

To dynamically change the background color, use myView.setBackgroundResource(R.color.my_color) instead myView.setBackgroundColor(R.color.my_color)


How to align text in text view?

When trying to align the text to the right in text , set the “layout_gravity” to right doesn’t work. Need to set “gravity” to right.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Re-import Android project issue

After my laptop crashes, I have to re-install everything. After importing the existing projects, I got the following error “The method onClick(DialogInterface, int) of type new DialogInterface.OnClickListener(){} must override superclass method”


And this is what I found on google:

Eclipse is defaulting to Java 1.5 and you have classes implementing interface methods (which in Java 1.6 can be annotated with @Override, but in Java 1.5 can only be applied to methods overriding a superclass method).

Go to your project/ide preferences and set the java compiler level to 1.6 and also make sure you select JRE 1.6 to execute your program from eclipse.


How to debug on device?

For detail information, go to - The following is a simplified version for my own reference.

1. Declare your application as "debuggable" in your Android Manifest.

In Eclipse, you can do this from the Application tab when viewing the Manifest (on the right side, set Debuggable to true). Otherwise, in the AndroidManifest.xml file, add android:debuggable="true" to the <application> element.

2. Turn on "USB Debugging" on your device.

On the device, go to the home screen, press MENU, select Applications > Development, then enable USB debugging.

3. Setup your system to detect your device.

If you're developing on Windows, you need to install a USB driver for adb. See the Windows USB Driver documentation.


ClassNotFound exception when unmarshalling

The following code is the serialization part of the Category class in PackingList project. Since the category has an arraylist of items, I have to put it in Bundle. To de-serialize it, I need to retrieve items from the Bundle. To do that, I was using Bundle d = in.readBundle(). However, I received “ClassNotFound exception when unmarshalling”. I have to pass in the ClassLoader so it knows it’s for the Item.


public void writeToParcel(Parcel dest, int flags) {
Bundle b = new Bundle();
b.putParcelableArrayList("items", items);


public static final Parcelable.Creator<Category> CREATOR =
new Parcelable.Creator<Category>() {
public Category createFromParcel(Parcel in) {
Category category = new Category();
category.category = in.readString();
Bundle b = in.readBundle(Item.class.getClassLoader());
category.items = b.getParcelableArrayList("items");

return category;

public Category[] newArray(int size) {
return new Category[size];

How to display progress dialog?

private ProgressDialog dialog;
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

dialog =, "",
"Loading Calendar and Tasks. Please wait...", true);

CalendarThread calendarThread = new CalendarThread();


private class CalendarThread extends Thread {

public void run() {
//Long running process


private Handler handler = new Handler() {

public void handleMessage(Message msg) {
//Process after the long running process