XCoder XCoder - 29 days ago 9
Android Question

AutoCompleteTextView force to show all items

There is a moment in my app, that I need to force to show all items in the suggestion list, no matter what the user has typed. How can I do that?

I tried to do something with filtering, but for me as a beginner filtering is just way too complicated, I tried searching beginners tutorial for filtering without any luck. Maybe, there is a simpler way to force to show all the suggestion items?

EDIT:
Basically what was my idea, is that, when user types something whats not in the list, it shows all the available options he can have.

I've found the best way of checking weather the ACTV is beign shown or not, but onTextChangeEvent I compare the user typed text with my list, and then if no elements have been found show full list.

public void onTextChanged(CharSequence s, int start, int before, int count)
{
final EditText editText = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.vardsUserInput);
String strValue = editText.getText().toString().toUpperCase();
String temp;
int Cc=0; //my count variable
for(int i=0; i<vardi.length; i++)
{
temp = vardi[i].toUpperCase();
if(temp.startsWith(strValue.toUpperCase()))
{
Log.d("testing",vardi[i]);
Cc++;
}
}
if(Cc == 0)
{
//Show all the available options
textView.showDropDown();
}
}

Answer

Basically, after 5-6 hours of experimentation to understand how the damn filter works, I wrote my own adapter which does exactly what I want:

    public class burtuAdapteris extends ArrayAdapter<String> implements Filterable {

       ArrayList<String> _items = new ArrayList<String>();
       ArrayList<String> orig = new ArrayList<String>();

       public burtuAdapteris(Context context, int resource, ArrayList<String> items) {
           super(context, resource, items);    

           for (int i = 0; i < items.size(); i++) {
                orig.add(items.get(i));
            }
       }

       @Override
       public int getCount() {
           if (_items != null)
               return _items.size();
           else
               return 0;
       }

       @Override
       public String getItem(int arg0) {
           return _items.get(arg0);
       }


      @Override

      public Filter getFilter() {
          Filter filter = new Filter() {
              @Override
              protected FilterResults performFiltering(CharSequence constraint) {

                  if(constraint != null)
                      Log.d("Constraints", constraint.toString());
                  FilterResults oReturn = new FilterResults();

                /*  if (orig == null){
                    for (int i = 0; i < items.size(); i++) {
                        orig.add(items.get(i));
                    }
                  }*/
                  String temp;  
                  int counters = 0;
                  if (constraint != null){

                      _items.clear();
                      if (orig != null && orig.size() > 0) {
                          for(int i=0; i<orig.size(); i++)
                            {                           
                                temp = orig.get(i).toUpperCase();

                                if(temp.startsWith(constraint.toString().toUpperCase()))
                                {

                                     _items.add(orig.get(i));               
counters++;

                                }
                            }
                      }
                      Log.d("REsult size:" , String.valueOf(_items.size()));
                          if(!counters)
                          {
                             _items.clear();
                             _items = orig;
                          }
                      oReturn.values = _items;
                      oReturn.count = _items.size();
                  }
                  return oReturn;
              }


              @SuppressWarnings("unchecked")
              @Override
              protected void publishResults(CharSequence constraint, FilterResults results) {
                  if(results != null && results.count > 0) {
                        notifyDataSetChanged();
                        }
                        else {
                            notifyDataSetInvalidated();
                        }

              }

            };

          return filter;

      }


 }

And it's simple to use, just replace original adapter with this:

final burtuAdapteris fAdapter = new burtuAdapteris(this, android.R.layout.simple_dropdown_item_1line, liste);

In my case liste is: ArrayList<String> liste = new ArrayList<String>();