Android Firebase : GridView Multiple Fields

Android Firebase Database GridView Multi-Items  Tutorial

The Plan

This is an android firebase gridview tutorial.We had actually done an android firebase tutorial earler with a GridView.However in that case we using a simple field.Well that's not terribly practical. How to save data to firebase,retrieve then show that data in a simple gridview.
  • Save data from several edittext to google firebase database.
  • Retrieve the data by attaching events to a DatabaseReference instance.
  • Fill a simple array list and pass it over to the custom adapter.To be bound.
  • Bind the data to our Custom gridview using CustomAdapter.Our custom adapter derives from BaseAdapter.

What Is Firebase Realtime Database?

Firebase Realtime database is a database backend as a service Cloud hosted solution that gives us the platform to build rich apps.Normally we are used to making HTTP requests to read or write data against our servers.But not in Firebase.It uses synchronization technology that allows it to be realtime,but still performant.

Main Feautures?

  • Its realtime .
  • Platfrom Independent.
  • Easy Access Control.
  • It’s a NoSQL solution and is heavily optimized for performance.
  • Has Offline capability .
  • Its User Friendly.
Video Tutorial  For demo,setup and  more Explanations please check our video tutorial below.

The Main Points

Video Tutorial  For more Explanations please check our video tutorial below.

Tools Used

This example was written with the following tools:
  • Windows 8
  • AndroidStudio IDE
  • Genymotion Emulator
  • Language : Java

Source Code

Lets jump directly to the source code. Source code is well commented. Furthermore we have explained everything in the video tutorial. [su_tabs]

Build.Gradle

  • Add FirebaseDatabase as a dependency.
apply plugin: 'com.android.application'

android {
    compileSdkVersion 23
    buildToolsVersion "23.0.2"

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items"
        minSdkVersion 15
        targetSdkVersion 23
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
    }
    buildTypes {
        release {
            minifyEnabled false
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'
        }
    }
}

dependencies {
    compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
    testCompile 'junit:junit:4.12'
    compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:23.3.0'
    compile 'com.android.support:design:23.3.0'
    compile 'com.android.support:cardview-v7:23.3.0'

    compile 'com.google.firebase:firebase-core:9.0.2'
    compile 'com.google.firebase:firebase-database:9.0.2'
}
apply plugin: 'com.google.gms.google-services'

 

Spacecraft.java

  • Is our Data Object class
  • Must Have an empty constructor.
  • You can create,pass data to and use other constructors
package com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_Model;

/**
 *   6/21/2016 for ProgrammingWizards Channel and http://www.camposha.info.
 * 1. OUR MODEL CLASS
 */
public class Spacecraft {

    String name,propellant,description;

    public Spacecraft() {
    }

    public String getName() {
        return name;
    }

    public void setName(String name) {
        this.name = name;
    }

    public String getPropellant() {
        return propellant;
    }

    public void setPropellant(String propellant) {
        this.propellant = propellant;
    }

    public String getDescription() {
        return description;
    }

    public void setDescription(String description) {
        this.description = description;
    }
}

[su_tab title="FirebaseHelper.java"]
  • Basically,our CRUD class.
  • Here we perform reads and writes to Firebase database.
  • To persist data we use setValue().
  • Prior to calling setValue() method,we call push() to ensure we append data to database,not replace.
  • We fill an arraylist with our model objects.
package com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_FireBase;

import com.google.firebase.database.ChildEventListener;
import com.google.firebase.database.DataSnapshot;
import com.google.firebase.database.DatabaseError;
import com.google.firebase.database.DatabaseException;
import com.google.firebase.database.DatabaseReference;
import com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_Model.Spacecraft;

import java.util.ArrayList;

/**
 *   6/21/2016 for ProgrammingWizards Channel and http://www.camposha.info.
 * 1.SAVE DATA TO FIREBASE
 * 2. RETRIEVE
 * 3.RETURN AN ARRAYLIST
 */
public class FirebaseHelper {

    DatabaseReference db;
    Boolean saved=null;
    ArrayList<Spacecraft> spacecrafts=new ArrayList<>();

    /*
   PASS DATABASE REFRENCE
    */
    public FirebaseHelper(DatabaseReference db) {
        this.db = db;
    }

    //WRITE IF NOT NULL
    public Boolean save(Spacecraft spacecraft)
    {
        if(spacecraft==null)
        {
            saved=false;
        }else
        {
            try
            {
                db.child("Spacecraft").push().setValue(spacecraft);
                saved=true;

            }catch (DatabaseException e)
            {
                e.printStackTrace();
                saved=false;
            }
        }

        return saved;
    }

    //IMPLEMENT FETCH DATA AND FILL ARRAYLIST
    private void fetchData(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot)
    {
        spacecrafts.clear();

        for (DataSnapshot ds : dataSnapshot.getChildren())
        {
            Spacecraft spacecraft=ds.getValue(Spacecraft.class);
            spacecrafts.add(spacecraft);
        }
    }

    //READ BY HOOKING ONTO DATABASE OPERATION CALLBACKS
    public ArrayList<Spacecraft> retrieve()
    {

        db.addChildEventListener(new ChildEventListener() {
            @Override
            public void onChildAdded(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot, String s) {
                fetchData(dataSnapshot);
            }

            @Override
            public void onChildChanged(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot, String s) {
                fetchData(dataSnapshot);
            }

            @Override
            public void onChildRemoved(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot) {

            }

            @Override
            public void onChildMoved(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot, String s) {

            }

            @Override
            public void onCancelled(DatabaseError databaseError) {

            }
        });
        return  spacecrafts;
    }

}

CustomAdapter.java

  • Responsible for Layout Inflation.
  • Also for data binding to views.
  • In our case,we are dealing with several TextViews.
package com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_UI;

import android.content.Context;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.BaseAdapter;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.R;
import com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_Model.Spacecraft;

import java.util.ArrayList;

/**
 *   6/21/2016 for ProgrammingWizards Channel and http://www.camposha.info.
 * 1. where WE INFLATE OUR MODEL LAYOUT INTO VIEW ITEM
 * 2. THEN BIND DATA
 */
public class CustomAdapter extends BaseAdapter {
    Context c;
    ArrayList<Spacecraft> spacecrafts;

    public CustomAdapter(Context c, ArrayList<Spacecraft> spacecrafts) {
        this.c = c;
        this.spacecrafts = spacecrafts;
    }

    @Override
    public int getCount() {
        return spacecrafts.size();
    }

    @Override
    public Object getItem(int position) {
        return spacecrafts.get(position);
    }

    @Override
    public long getItemId(int position) {
        return position;
    }

    @Override
    public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup parent) {
        if(convertView==null)
        {
            convertView= LayoutInflater.from(c).inflate(R.layout.model,parent,false);
        }

        TextView nameTxt= (TextView) convertView.findViewById(R.id.nameTxt);
        TextView propTxt= (TextView) convertView.findViewById(R.id.propellantTxt);
        TextView descTxt= (TextView) convertView.findViewById(R.id.descTxt);

        final Spacecraft s= (Spacecraft) this.getItem(position);

        nameTxt.setText(s.getName());
        propTxt.setText(s.getPropellant());
        descTxt.setText(s.getDescription());

        //ONITECLICK
        convertView.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            @Override
            public void onClick(View v) {
                Toast.makeText(c,s.getName(),Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            }
        });

        return convertView;
    }
}

MainActivity.java

  • Launcher activity.
  • Reference GridView and sets its adapter.Passing in Context as well as Our arraylist filled with spacecrafts.
  • Shows Input Dialog on FAB button click.
  • Sets up our Firebase's by initializing the DatabaseReference.
package com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items;

import android.app.Dialog;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.support.design.widget.FloatingActionButton;
import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.support.v7.widget.Toolbar;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.GridView;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.google.firebase.database.DatabaseReference;
import com.google.firebase.database.FirebaseDatabase;
import com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_FireBase.FirebaseHelper;
import com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_Model.Spacecraft;
import com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items.m_UI.CustomAdapter;
/*
1.INITIALIZE FIREBASE DB
2.INITIALIZE UI
3.DATA INPUT
 */
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    DatabaseReference db;
    FirebaseHelper helper;
    CustomAdapter adapter;
    GridView gv;
    EditText nameEditTxt,propTxt,descTxt;

    @Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);
        Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(R.id.toolbar);
        setSupportActionBar(toolbar);

        gv= (GridView) findViewById(R.id.gv);

        //INITIALIZE FIREBASE DB
        db= FirebaseDatabase.getInstance().getReference();
        helper=new FirebaseHelper(db);

         //ADAPTER
        adapter=new CustomAdapter(this,helper.retrieve());
        gv.setAdapter(adapter);

        FloatingActionButton fab = (FloatingActionButton) findViewById(R.id.fab);
        fab.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            @Override
            public void onClick(View view) {
                displayInputDialog();
            }
        });
    }

    //DISPLAY INPUT DIALOG
    private void displayInputDialog()
    {
        Dialog d=new Dialog(this);
        d.setTitle("Save To Firebase");
        d.setContentView(R.layout.input_dialog);

        nameEditTxt= (EditText) d.findViewById(R.id.nameEditText);
        propTxt= (EditText) d.findViewById(R.id.propellantEditText);
        descTxt= (EditText) d.findViewById(R.id.descEditText);
        Button saveBtn= (Button) d.findViewById(R.id.saveBtn);

        //SAVE
        saveBtn.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            @Override
            public void onClick(View v) {

                //GET DATA
                String name=nameEditTxt.getText().toString();
                String propellant=propTxt.getText().toString();
                String desc=descTxt.getText().toString();

                //SET DATA
                Spacecraft s=new Spacecraft();
                s.setName(name);
                s.setPropellant(propellant);
                s.setDescription(desc);

                //SIMPLE VALIDATION
                if(name != null && name.length()>0)
                {
                    //THEN SAVE
                    if(helper.save(s))
                    {
                        //IF SAVED CLEAR EDITXT
                        nameEditTxt.setText("");
                        propTxt.setText("");
                        descTxt.setText("");

                        adapter=new CustomAdapter(MainActivity.this,helper.retrieve());
                        gv.setAdapter(adapter);

                    }
                }else
                {
                    Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "Name Must Not Be Empty", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
                }

            }
        });

        d.show();
    }

}

[su_tab title="inputdialog.xml.java"]

InputDialog.xml

  • defines our input dialogs layout
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent">

    <LinearLayout
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:layout_marginTop="?attr/actionBarSize"
        android:orientation="vertical"
        android:paddingLeft="15dp"
        android:paddingRight="15dp"
        android:paddingTop="50dp">

        <android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout
            android:id="@+id/nameLayout"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content">

            <EditText
                android:id="@+id/nameEditText"
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:singleLine="true"
                android:hint= "Name" />
        </android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout>

        <android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout
            android:id="@+id/propLayout"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content">

            <EditText
                android:id="@+id/propellantEditText"
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:singleLine="true"
                android:hint= "Propellant" />

        <android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout
            android:id="@+id/descLayout"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content">

            <EditText
                android:id="@+id/descEditText"
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:singleLine="true"
                android:hint= "Description" />
        </android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout>

        </android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout>

        <Button android:id="@+id/saveBtn"
            android:layout_width="fill_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:text="Save"
            android:clickable="true"
            android:background="@color/colorAccent"
            android:layout_marginTop="40dp"
            android:textColor="@android:color/white"/>

    </LinearLayout>

</LinearLayout>

Model.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<android.support.v7.widget.CardView xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:orientation="horizontal" android:layout_width="match_parent"
    xmlns:card_view="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    android:layout_margin="10dp"
    card_view:cardCornerRadius="5dp"
    card_view:cardElevation="5dp"
    android:layout_height="200dp">

        <LinearLayout
            android:orientation="vertical"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="match_parent">

            <TextView
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge"
                android:text="Name"
                android:id="@+id/nameTxt"
                android:padding="10dp"
                android:textColor="@color/colorAccent"
                android:textStyle="bold"
                android:layout_alignParentLeft="true"
                />

            <TextView
                android:layout_width="wrap_content"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge"
                android:text="Description....................."
                android:lines="3"
                android:id="@+id/descTxt"
                android:padding="10dp"
                android:layout_alignParentLeft="true"
                />

            <TextView
                android:layout_width="wrap_content"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceMedium"
                android:text="Propellant"
                android:textStyle="italic"
                android:id="@+id/propellantTxt" />

    </LinearLayout>

</android.support.v7.widget.CardView>

[su_tab title="AndroidManifest.xml"]
  • Remember to add permission for internet in your manifest file.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="com.tutorials.hp.firebasegridviewmulti_items">

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>

    <application
        android:allowBackup="true"
        android:icon="@mipmap/ic_launcher"
        android:label="@string/app_name"
        android:supportsRtl="true"
        android:theme="@style/AppTheme">
        <activity
            android:name=".MainActivity"
            android:label="@string/app_name"
            android:theme="@style/AppTheme.NoActionBar">
            <intent-filter>
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
            </intent-filter>
        </activity>
    </application>

</manifest>
  • To setup Firebase properly please check our video tutorial.

Video Tutorial

  • We have a YouTube channel with almost a thousand tutorials, this one below being one of them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNnB5kD4sHc

Download

  • You can Download the full Project below. Source code is well commented.
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How To Run

  1. Download the project above.
  2. You'll get a zipped file,extract it.
  3. Open the Android Studio.
  4. Now close, already open project.
  5. From the Menu bar click on File >New> Import Project.
  6. Now Choose a Destination Folder, from where you want to import project.
  7. Choose an Android Project.
  8. Now Click on “OK“.
  9. Done, your done importing the project,now edit it.

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