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A Deep Dive Into ViewPager

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from the AnDevCon Boston 2013 conference

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  • 1. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCA Deep Dive IntoViewPagerAnDevCon Boston 2013
  • 2. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCGetting Horizontal● Classic Android UX– Focused on vertical scrolling in conventionalapps● Now Presenting: Matias Duarte– Hired by Google away from Palm/WebOS– Re-emphasized horizontal swiping as a patternfor moving between peer content
  • 3. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCEnter the Protagonist, Stage Left● ViewPager: Leading Horizontal SwipeSolution– Ships with Android Support package● Not a backport!– Works a Bit Like a ListView● You supply an adapter, which supplies “pages”● ViewPager shows current page● User horizontal swipes to move back and forthbetween pages
  • 4. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCTheViewPager Recipe● Add a ViewPager to your activity layout● Create a PagerAdapter– Typical: FragmentPagerAdapter orFragmentStatePagerAdapter– Extend, override getCount() andgetItem()● Attach the PagerAdapter to theViewPager via setAdapter()
  • 5. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCWhere We At?● Indicators: PagerTitleStrip, PagerTabStrip– Supplied with Android Support package– Add as child ofViewPager– Set android:layout_gravity to be top
  • 6. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCWhere We At: Wharton Style● ViewPagerIndicator– Library of indicators– Add as siblings ofViewPager● E.g., stacked in vertical LinearLayout– Connect toViewPager in Java code
  • 7. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCViewPager: Not Perfect● Cannot Easily Be Used In a Fragment– Nested fragments possible but a bit tricky– Requires Android 4.2 or Android Supportpackage● MinimumThree Pages Loaded– Make sure your pages are fast to be created– More likely to be trouble since larger thanListView rows or other AdapterViewscenarios
  • 8. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCLights Bar! Camera Bar! Action Bar!● Fragment Pages and the Action Bar– Standard Fragment/Action Bar Recipe● setHasOptionsMenu(true)● onCreateOptionsMenu()● onOptionsItemSelected()– As pages are swiped, action bar items areadded/removed
  • 9. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCIts Scrolling, AllThe Way Down● Handling Scrollable Page Content– SubclassViewPager– Override canScroll()● Return true if the designated content could bescrolled, false otherwise● Touch point and scroll delta supplied, in case youneed it (e.g., bezel swiping)
  • 10. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCN-Up Printing (Without the Printing Part)● Showing Multiple Pages at Once– Implement getPageWidth() on yourPagerAdapter● Returns float indicating amount of pager space todevote to this page (e.g., 0.5f)– May wish to callsetOffscreenPageLimit() onViewPagerto raise number of cached pages
  • 11. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCPlume: A Column of Smoke● Pages on Phones, Columns onTablets– Devise proper layouts for the screen sizes– If you have aViewPager, give it the adapter– If you do not have aViewPager:● Use static fragments, or● Use the adapter to give you fragments for slots– Limitation: same basic structure in allconfigurations (cannot deal with change)
  • 12. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCI Can Haz Better Adapter?● FragmentPagerAdapter andFragmentStatePagerAdapter are nice but notperfect● Limitations– UsingViewPager in some configurations, but notall– Adding/removing/reordering pages
  • 13. Copyright © 2013 CommonsWare, LLCSpeaker ContactInformationSource Code