Don't forget to apply some style to your view. Who would want to look at some boring, white standard font. Checkout the Android documentation on styles and themes.
But don't stop at using only the view components that Android supplies. Good object oriented design encompasses creating custom view components for your custom data objects. If you have a domain object called Person that needs to be displayed then you should have a custom composite view that knows exactly how a Person is displayed -- err, the attributes of the person are displayed. I learned over here that using custom view controls in the XML is as easy as defining an xml element with the name of your custom view.
I put together the below example as a guide. It is not meant to be an exemplar. Note that i have a LinearLayout that defines padding. That likely belongs in a style instead of being defined solely for THAT LinearLayout. With that warning in place, here's an exmple of a my.app.PersonComposite which is a custom class that extends LinearLayout. To use this custom view component in your XML then you would include something like the following:
<my.app.PersonCompositeSo, that element will put a PersonComposite in your activity. But what does the PersonComposite look like? Well, that should be defined in xml as well. In the constructors of PersonComposite, include the following:
LayoutInflater inflater = (LayoutInflater) context.getSystemService(Context.LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE);
View inflatedView = inflater.inflate(R.layout.person_composite, this);
In order for this to work, you'll need to have a ./res/layout/person_composite.xml. Perhaps something like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>Note that the style attribute conspicuously lacks the android namespace. Hmm? Oh well, just watch out for that. We have to define that Style over in ./res/values/styles.xml: