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Android Build a Simple Android App (2014) Testing and Debugging Toast Notifications

Making a Toast

In the first Challenge I entered this:

Toast allDoneToast; Toast.makeText(this, "All Done!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

The first line was provided.

When I compiled it I got:

JavaTester.java:76: error: variable allDoneToast might not have been initialized else if (allDoneToast.mConstructorCalled) { ^ 1 error

What am I missing?

13,229 Points

It says that your variable allDoneToast was not initialized, so in your case you can do like this:

//--> a string variable to hold your message "All Done":

[String allDoneToast = "All Done";]

//--> a Toast variable, data type Toast --> initializing this variable using a static method of the toast class.
[Toast welcomeToast = Toast.makeText(this, allDoneToast, Toast.LENGTH_LONG);]

//--> method to show this in our app : [welcomeToast.show();]

This was a more structured way of coding (better to understand), whereas you can write this code in one single line:

[Toast.makeText(this, "All Done", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();]

Hope that helps :) Amathia

p.s. within [] is the code you can use, the rest is just an explanation. In the code challenge you do not need the show method()!

6 Answers

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Hi Terence,

You do not need to initialize with a [new] keyword, but you type equal sign [=] and the rest of the code.

the exact code that worked for me and should work for you as well is as follows:

[Toast allDoneToast = Toast.makeText(this, "All Done!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG);]

Best, Amathia

Thanks for the help Prateek. I tried both and a combination of them (1st line from #2 added to solution #1) and got the message: "Make sure to use the 'this' keyword as the first parameter of the 'makeText()' method."

This doesn't seem to make sense as I have used 'this' right after the " ( " . Any other ideas?

Thanks Amathia.

My compiler error is gone, but when I hit the "Check Work" button in the right side, I'm getting a message that says "Bummer! Make sure to use the 'this' keyword as the first parameter of the 'makeText()' method. How is the word "this" NOT the first parameter?

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Hi Terence,

If would be good if you could post your code and we can see where is the issue, cuz it is hard to guess only with textual information.

The first challenge tasks, requires from your to use Toast class (.) makeText(this, "All Done!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG)... the exact code would be: Toast allDoneToast = Toast.makeText(this, "All Done!", Toast.LENGTH_LONG);

Hope that helped :)

Sorry for being a bother. Maybe I should take up knitting or something.

What is in the ToastTest.java box is: 1 Toast allDoneToast = new Toast(); 2 Toast.makeText(this, "All Done", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

and the message I get back when I submit it is:

Bummer! Make sure to use the 'this' keyword as the first parameter of the 'makeText()' method.

By the way, this is Challenge Task 1 of 3

Ok so you've gone wrong here's how it's done...

There are 2 ways of Implementing a Toast.

1) Via method chaining-

Toast.makeText(this,"All Done !",Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

2) Creating an object of the Toast class -

Toast allDoneToast = new Toast();

allDoneToast.makeText(this,"All Done !",Toast.LENGTH_SHORT); allDoneToast.show();

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You know, pounding your head against the wall feels better when you stop.