Degreat Yartey Degreat Yartey - 5 months ago 22
Android Question

Why was ActionBarActivity deprecated

I installed Android Studio freshly and I begun coding an activity to extend

ActionBarActivity
and it showed that it was deprecated. So how else do I set up an actionbar for my activity.
Also the Getting Started Training uses the
ActionBarActivity
without making reference that it has been deprecated.

Answer

ActionBar is deprecated ever since Toolbar was introduced. Toolbar can be seen as a 'superset' of any action bar. So the 'old' ActionBar is now an example of a Toolbar. If you want similar functionality, but without deprecation warnings do the following:

Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(R.id.toolbar);
if (toolbar != null) {
    toolbar.setTitle(R.string.app_name);
    setSupportActionBar(toolbar);
}

You need to define the Toolbar in your layout xml:

<android.support.v7.widget.Toolbar
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:id="@+id/toolbar"
    android:minHeight="?attr/actionBarSize"
    android:background="?attr/colorPrimary"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:theme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark.ActionBar"
    android:popupTheme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Light">
</android.support.v7.widget.Toolbar>

With this new functionality you can create your own custom ActionBar and let Android do the heavy lifting. Just create your own custom view that extends from Toolbar.


Also, you should use AppCompatActivity instead of ActionBarActivity, it was introduced in the latest version of the appcompat library. So dont forget to update gradle

compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:22.1.1'