Extended Views

An Extended View inherits the parent View’s behavior and appearance, but lets you change and add to both. You can do so by writing a custom View class and a new layout XML file. An Extended View inherits all of the parent View’s other classes, including its Screenlet, listeners, and Interactors. An Extended View’s parent must be a Full View.

The example Extended View discussed here presents the same UI components as the Login Screenlet’s Default View, but adds functionality: computing password strength. Of course, you’re not restricted to password strength computations; you can implement anything you want.

  1. Create a new layout XML file named after the View’s Screenlet and its intended use case. A good way to start building your UI is to duplicate the parent’s layout XML file and use it as a template. The new layout file for the Login Screenlet’s Extended View is called login_password.xml, because it’s based on the Login Screenlet’s Default View layout file login_default.xml and it adds a password strength computation.

  2. Create a new custom View class that extends the parent View class. Name it after the Screenlet and the functionality you’ll add or override. The example View class LoginCheckPasswordView extends the Default View’s LoginView class, overriding the onClick method to compute password strength:

    public class LoginCheckPasswordView extends LoginView {
    
        // parent's constructors go here...
    
        @Override
        public void onClick(View view) {
            // compute password strength
    
            if (passwordIsStrong) {
                super.onClick(view);
            }
            else {
                // Present user message
            }
        }
    
    }
    
  3. Rename the layout XML file’s root element after your custom View’s fully-qualified class name. For example, the root element in login_password.xml is com.your.package.LoginCheckPasswordView:

    <com.your.package.LoginCheckPasswordView
        xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:orientation="vertical">
        ...
    
  4. Insert your View’s Screenlet in any of your activities or fragments, using your new layout’s name as the liferay:layoutId attribute’s value. For example, to use the new login_password layout, insert LoginScreenlet in an activity or fragment, and set liferay:layoutId="@layout/login_password".

The Bank of Westeros sample app’s Westeros View Set has a couple of Extended Views that you can examine. It has an Extended View that adds a new button to show the password in the clear for the Login Screenlet. The View uses custom layout file login_westeros.xml and custom View class LoginView. The Westeros View Set also contains an Extended View for the User Portrait Screenlet; it changes the border color and width of the user’s portrait picture and it uses the custom layout file userportrait_westeros.xml and the custom View class UserPortraitView.

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