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Android Build a Simple Android App (2014) Coding the Fun Facts Using Conditionals (else Statements)

only ants fact shows up. rest is blank

so whats happening is before i did this, i saw that when i pressed show me another fact, numbers werent showing up. so now that i did this if, else, its not working because of it.

package com.apps.tegh.funfacts;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.support.v7.app.ActionBarActivity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.TextView;

import java.util.Random;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        // Declare our View variables and assign the views from the layout file
        final TextView factLabel = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.factTextView);
        Button showFactButton = (Button)findViewById(R.id.showFactButton);

        View.OnClickListener listener = new View.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View view) {
                //The button was clicked so update the fact label with a new fact
                String fact;
                //randomly select fact
                Random randomGenerator = new Random();
                int randomNumber = randomGenerator.nextInt(3);
                 if (randomNumber == 0) {
                    fact = "Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning. ";
                 else if (randomNumber == 1) {
                    fact = "Ostriches can run faster than horses. ";
                 else if (randomNumber == 2) {
                    fact = "Olympic gold medals are actually made mostly of silver. ";
                } else {
                     fact = "Sorry there was an error";

                //Update the label with our dynamic fact
                factLabel.setText(fact = "");

    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        // Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
        getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.menu_main, menu);
        return true;

    public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
        // Handle action bar item clicks here. The action bar will
        // automatically handle clicks on the Home/Up button, so long
        // as you specify a parent activity in AndroidManifest.xml.
        int id = item.getItemId();

        //noinspection SimplifiableIfStatement
        if (id == R.id.action_settings) {
            return true;

        return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

2 Answers

Seth Kroger
Seth Kroger
56,412 Points

The problem is the line: factLabel.setText(fact = ""); The fact = "" part sets fact to a blank string before calling setText().

Seth Kroger ok but how should I fix it

Seth Kroger
Seth Kroger
56,412 Points


Seth Kroger thanks it worked.

Jeanne Merle
Jeanne Merle
3,390 Points

You also can put it into comments : // factLabel.setText(fact);