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// Get a Spinner and bind it to an ArrayAdapter that 
// references a String array.
Spinner s1 = (Spinner) findViewById(;
ArrayAdapter adapter = ArrayAdapter.createFromResource(
    this, R.array.colors, android.R.layout.simple_spinner_item);

// Load a Spinner and bind it to a data query.
private static String[] PROJECTION = new String[] {
        People._ID, People.NAME

Spinner s2 = (Spinner) findViewById(;
Cursor cur = managedQuery(People.CONTENT_URI, PROJECTION, null, null);
SimpleCursorAdapter adapter2 = new SimpleCursorAdapter(this,
    android.R.layout.simple_spinner_item, // Use a template
                                          // that displays a
                                          // text view
    cur, // Give the cursor to the list adapter
    new String[] {People.NAME}, // Map the NAME column in the
                                         // people database to...
    new int[] {}); // The "text1" view defined in
                                     // the XML template

Note that it is necessary to have the People._ID column in projection used with CursorAdapter or else you will get an exception.

If, during the course of your application's life, you change the underlying data that is read by your Adapter, you should call notifyDataSetChanged(). This will notify the attached View that the data has been changed and it should refresh itself.

Handling User Selections

You handle the user's selection by setting the class's AdapterView.OnItemClickListener member to a listener and catching the selection changes.

// Create a message handling object as an anonymous class.
private OnItemClickListener mMessageClickedHandler = new OnItemClickListener() {
    public void onItemClick(AdapterView parent, View v, int position, long id)
        // Display a messagebox.
        Toast.makeText(mContext,"You've got an event",Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

// Now hook into our object and set its onItemClickListener member
// to our class handler object.
mHistoryView = (ListView)findViewById(;

For more discussion on how to create different AdapterViews, read the following guides: Spinner, List View, and Grid View.