Writing code at the creation of a fragment

All the examples I’ve seen so far for dealing with programmatically handling things from a view have involved an activity and the layout associated with it. But when I am working with Android Studio, whenever I create a new activity things are a little different and I get two layouts and things are happening in a fragment rather than the first layout. I don’t totally get the whole thing yet, I’m working on wrapping my mind around it. But today I did figure out something that was really giving me fits and I want to document it for later.

I wanted to start a new activity and in the view for that activity display a chart using the Android GraphView. Jonas provides nice documentation with example code on how to do this. But the fragment thing was really messing me up. I couldn’t figure out where to put the code and how to get it to work. The example I was interested in looks like this:

// init example series data
GraphViewSeries exampleSeries = new GraphViewSeries(new GraphViewData[] {
      new GraphViewData(1, 2.0d)
      , new GraphViewData(2, 1.5d)
      , new GraphViewData(3, 2.5d)
      , new GraphViewData(4, 1.0d)
GraphView graphView = new LineGraphView(
      this // context
      , "GraphViewDemo" // heading
graphView.addSeries(exampleSeries); // data
LinearLayout layout = (LinearLayout) findViewById(R.id.graph1);

But I would put it in different places and crash the app or get compiler errors before I even started. I did a lot of searching and reading before I got it to work and I guess I don’t need to rehash all that. It was the accepted answer on this stackoverflow question that finally put the last piece in place for me though.

When I create a new activity the class for it has a class inside that creates the fragment:

public static class PlaceholderFragment extends Fragment {
        public PlaceholderFragment() {
        public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater, ViewGroup container,
                Bundle savedInstanceState) {
            View rootView = inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_main, container, false);
            return rootView;

This made sense as the place to do my work but I couldn’t figure out how. I had trouble trying to reference the view. But it was right in front of me the whole time. Here is what finally worked.

public static class PlaceholderFragment extends Fragment {
        public PlaceholderFragment() {
        public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater, ViewGroup container,
                Bundle savedInstanceState) {
            View rootView = inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_show_graph, container, false);
            //I cannot believe I finally figured this out.
            GraphViewSeries avSeries = new GraphViewSeries(new GraphView.GraphViewData[] {
                    new GraphView.GraphViewData(1, 223)
                    , new GraphView.GraphViewData(2, 221)
                    , new GraphView.GraphViewData(3, 220)
                    , new GraphView.GraphViewData(4, 221)
            GraphView monthAverage = new LineGraphView(this.getActivity(), "Jan Data");
            LinearLayout layout = (LinearLayout)  rootView.findViewById(R.id.graphM);
            //this is the end of my part
            return rootView;

Oh – here’s the xml for the layout. I don’t think it matters a whole lot – but this is where the graphM id is located.


I was so happy when I ran this and I saw my graph pop up rather than the error message from the app crashing. It was a banner moment in my day.

Setting Up My AndroidStudio Project on GitHub

I started a project to do my homework for the week in the Android class I’m taking. I’ve been doing the bulk of my work on a desktop machine in my office. This week-end I also set up a dev environment on my Fedora laptop at home. I don’t want to have to monkey with copying files and carrying them back and forth so today I set up a GitHub repo so that I could use it to keep things in sync.

I’m no git expert. In the past what I’ve done is create a project in github with a couple pieces in place. Then I pull that down to a directory on my machine, add the files I need and then push all that back up.

Today I took a little bit of a different approach. I created the project. Then in bash I went to the root directory of the project and set things up. It took me a minute to get it all figured out. The git reference on remotes was a huge help. There is also the JetBrains documentation on git with IntelliJ which is what Android studio is built on.

For my own reference – once I got the project built I needed to add everything. First I went to github and made a repo – but I made it empty, not like I usually do. Then I went to the root of my project in bash.

git add .

and then make an initial commit

git commit -m 'initial commit'

I set up the remote

git remote add origin https://github.com/bittercode/learnandplay.git (bittercode is my github user name and learnandplay is the name of the repo I set up.)

Then I pushed the code to the remote

git push -u origin master

And that put it all up at github. Now I should be able to go home and pull it all down there. I also set up AndroidStudio so that it now handles all the git stuff. When I created a new activity it asked me about adding them to git – so I just said that it should default to yes and now I’m on the fast track to happy days.