Optimize lists a 175%

Optimize lists a 175%

two operations are expensive when we create custom lists: Inflate (covered on the tip 23) and findByViewId(int). We can avoid call to this second operation saving the views used for every row in a wrapper.

This pattern implies use a Model and a Wrapper. The Model will save the information of every row and the Wrapper will save the Views. We need to save the wrapper in every row view using the properties getTag() and setTag(Object).

This example will use only one value in the model and a TextView in the wrapper, but you can extend it as much as you wish.

// Model: Item.java

public class Item {
  private String value = null;

  public String getValue() {
    if (this.value == null) {
      this.value = "";
    return this.value;

  public void setValue(String value) {
      this.value = value;
// Wrapper: ItemWrapper.java

public class ItemWrapper {
  private View row = null;
  private TextView mTextView = null;

  public ItemWrapper(View row) {
    this.mRow = row;

  private TextView getMTextView() {
    if (this.mTextView == null) {
      this.mTextView = (TextView) {
    return this.mTextView;

  public void populate(Item item) {
// Adapter: MyAdapter.java

private List<Item> items;

public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup parent) {
    View row = convertView;
    ItemWrapper wrapper = null;

    if (row == null) {
        LayoutInflater inflater = (LayoutInflater) this.mContext.getSystemService(Context.LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE);
        row = inflater.inflate(R.layout.your_row_layout, null);

        wrapper = new ItemWrapper(row);
    } else {
        wrapper = (ItemWrapper) row.getTag();

    // Populate row

    return row;

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