Saturday, August 22, 2009

Android : Sliding Drawer Example

If you have lot’s of stuff to put on your screen for a single activity, you should probably go for the SlidingDrawer widget. It is very simple to use, and looks cute. Here are the steps that you need to do for bringing up the sliding drawer on your activity.

Here is a sample application displaying how to code up a sliding drawer. It's pretty simple, and I don't think it needs more explanation.

<SlidingDrawer android:id="@+id/slidingDrawer1"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent"
        android:topOffset="50dip" android:handle="@+id/handle"

The sample project sets up a Sliding Drawer at the bottom of the screen. You can change it to appear at place of the screen. You just need to change/adjust some properties of the SlidingDrawer.
  • The orientation property can be set to either "horizontal" and "vertical"
  • There are properties like "topOffset", "bottonOffset", "rightOffset" and "leftOffset" with which you can position your drawer anywhere.
  • With a few more changes, you can attach backgrounds/images to the whole SlidingDrawer. For example, I have added a color background to the content of the Sliding Drawer.
Update: Here is the link to the source code which shows how to cook up a simple sliding drawer.