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Day 15: Content Provider: Using Contacts API

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  • 1. Android Application DevelopmentContent ProviderAhsanul Karimahsanul.karim@sentinelbd.comSentinel Solutions Ltd.http://www.sentinelbd.com
  • 2. Application Building Blocks• UI Component TypicallyCorresponding to one screen.Activity• Responds to notifications or statuschanges. Can wake up your process.IntentReceiver• Faceless task that runs in thebackground.Service• Enable applications to share data.ContentProvider
  • 3. Android Application AnatomyActivities1. Provides User Interface2. Usually represents a Single Screen3. Can contain one/more Views4. Extends the Activity Base classServices1. No User Interface2. Runs in Background3. Extends the Service Base ClassApplication= Set of Android ComponentsContent Provider1. Makes application data availableto other apps2. Data stored in SQLite database3. Extends the ContentProviderBase classIntent/Broadcast Receiver1. Receives and Reacts to broadcastIntents2. No UI but can start an Activity3. Extends the BroadcastReceiverBase Class
  • 4. Android Content ProviderApp 1(Dialer)App 2(Messaging)App 3(Custom)App 4(Custom)Content Provider 1Data can be shared over different applicationsContent Provider Basics1. There are no common storage area that all Android application can access.2. The only way: to share data across applications: Content Provider3. Content providers store and retrieve data and make it accessible to allapplications.Content Provider 2
  • 5. Android Content ProviderContent Provider Basics (Contd.)Android ships with a number of content providers for common data types:1. Audio2. Video3. Images4. Personal contact information etcContent Provider provides the way to share the data between multiple applications.For example, contact data is used by multiple applications (Dialer, Messaging etc.)and must be stored in Content Provider to have common access.A content provider is a class that implements a standard set of methods to let otherapplications store and retrieve the type of data that is handled by that content provider.Content ProviderdataApp 1App 2
  • 6. Android Content ProviderContent Provider Basics (Contd.)Here are some of Androids most useful built-in content providers, along with a description ofthe type of data theyre intended to storeApplication can perform following operations on content provider -1. Querying data2. Modifying records3. Adding records4. Deleting records
  • 7. Android Content ProviderQuerying DataContent Provider Data ModelContent providers expose their data as a simple table on a database model, where each rowis a record and each column is data of a particular type and meaning.For example, information about people and their phone numbers might be exposed as follows:Every record includes a numeric _ID field that uniquely identifies the record within the table.IDs can be used to match records in related tables — for example, to find a persons phonenumber in one table and pictures of that person in another.A query returns a Cursor object that can move from record to record and column to columnto read the contents of each field. It has specialized methods for reading each type of data.So, to read a field, you must know what type of data the field contains.
  • 8. Android Content ProviderQuerying DataContent Provide: URI1. Each content provider exposes a public URI that uniquely identifies its data set.2. A content provider that controls multiple data sets (multiple tables) exposes aseparate URI for each one.3. All URIs for providers begin with the string "content://".The content: scheme identifies the data as being controlled by a content provider.URI samples:<standard_prefix>://<authority>/<data_path>/<id>For example, to retrieve all the bookmarks stored by our web browsers (in Android):content://browser/bookmarksSimilarly, to retrieve all the contacts stored by the Contacts application:content://contacts/peopleTo retrieve a particular contact, you can specify the URI with a specific ID:content://contacts/people/3
  • 9. Android Content ProviderQuerying DataContent Provide: URISo we need three pieces of information to query a content provider:1. The URI that identifies the provider2. The names of the data fields you want to receive3. The data types for those fieldsIf we are querying a particular record, you also need the ID for that record.Some more examples:content://media/internal/images URI return the list of all internal images on the device.content://contacts/people/ URI return the list of all contact names on the device.content://contacts/people/45 URI return the single result row, the contact with ID=45.
  • 10. Android Content ProviderQuerying DataContent Provide: URI•Although this is the general form of the query, query URIs are arbitrary and confusing.•For this android provide list of helper classes in android.provider package that define thesequery Strings.So we do not need to know the actual URI value for different data types.So it will be easy to query data.content://media/internal/images/ MediaStore.Images.Media.INTERNAL_CONTENT_URIcontent://contacts/people/ Contacts.People.CONTENT_URIcontent://contacts/people/45Uri person = ContentUris.withAppendedId(People.CONTENT_URI, 23);To query about specific record we have to use same CONTENT_URI andmust append specific ID.Content Provider: QueryHere is how we can query for data:Cursor cur = managedQuery(uri, null, null, null);
  • 11. Android Content ProviderQuerying DataContent Provider: QueryHere is how we can query for data:Cursor cur = managedQuery(uri, null, null, null, null);Parameters:1. URI2. The names of the data columns that should be returned. A null value returns allcolumns.3. A filter detailing which rows to return, formatted as an SQL WHERE clause(excluding the WHERE itself). A null value returns all rows.4. Selection arguments5. A sorting order for the rows that are returned, formatted as an SQL ORDERBY clause (excluding the ORDER BY itself). A null value returns the records in thedefault order for the table, which may be unordered.
  • 12. Android Content ProviderQuerying DataContent Provider: Query ExampleCreate a new project:Project Name: ContentProviderDemo1Build Target: Android 1.6Application Name:ContentProviderDemo1Package Name:com.basistraining.cpdemoCreate Activity:ContentProviderDemoActivityMin SDK Version: 4Add READ_CONTACTS permissionNow we make the Activity aListActivity to show a list of contacts
  • 13. Android Content ProviderQuerying DataContent Provider: Query ExampleNow we make the Activity a ListActivity to show a list of contacts:Now, we’ll add a method to retrieve data from Contacts Content Provider.The method will return an array of String which will be set as adapter for ListActivity
  • 14. Android Content ProviderQuerying Data Content Provider: Query ExampleNow, we’ll add a method to retrieve data from Contacts Content Provider.The method will return an array of String which will be set as adapter for ListActivity
  • 15. Android Content ProviderQuerying Data Content Provider: Query ExampleNow, we need to show data in list:
  • 16. Android Content ProviderQuerying Data Content Provider: Query ExampleNow, We run the app and in emulator we see a black screen as the emulator has no contactdata:Lets add some contacts using Contacts app
  • 17. Android Content ProviderQuerying Data Content Provider: Query ExampleIf we run the app again:What we are doing here???We are accessing the content providerContacts from our application.Contacts application inserts data into ContactContent Provider.App 1(Contacts)App 2(our app)Contacts Content Provider
  • 18. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleLet’s add another Activity which will load with selected data and provide us interface to edit:1. We create Update Activity2. We modify the main.xml for updating
  • 19. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleLet’s get back to ListActivity:1. To identify which data to be updated we’ll need to pass _ID of the selected Person. So weModify the columns2. We need to save the values in global arrays to pass them as parameter to update screen.So:
  • 20. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleWe need to save the values in global arrays to pass them as parameter to update screen.So:
  • 21. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleNow we detect selected person and pass the values to Update screen:And in the UpdateActivity, we get the values and set them in UI:
  • 22. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleNow lets add button functionality of UpdateNeed the method updateName()
  • 23. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleNow lets run the app and we end up with:WHY????
  • 24. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleNow lets run the app and we end up with:We need to add WRITE_CONTACTS permission
  • 25. Android Content ProviderModifying Data Content Provider: Update ExampleNow follow the steps for testing:1. Run the app2. Select a Contact3. Edit Contact name4. Go back to main screen5. Exit app6. Check whether data is updated from the Contacts app
  • 26. Android Content ProviderPractice Exercise1. Create an Application named “Bookmark Manager”2. In AVD, browse several sites in browser and bookmark them3. Read all bookmarks from browser Content Provider and show them in list4. On selecting an URL go to a new activity and open that link in a webviewHintsURI: android.provider.Browser.BOOKMARKS_URIFields:1. Browser.BookmarkColumns._ID,2. Browser.BookmarkColumns.TITLE,3. Browser.BookmarkColumns.URL