Efficient Android Threading
Asynchronous Processing Techniques for Android Applications
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 280

Multithreading is essential if you want to create an Android app with a great user experience, but how do you know which techniques can help solve your problem? This practical book describes many asynchronous mechanisms available in the Android SDK, and provides guidelines for selecting the ones most appropriate for the app you’re building.

Author Anders Goransson demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of each technique, with sample code and detailed explanations for using it efficiently. The first part of the book describes the building blocks of asynchronous processing, and the second part covers Android libraries and constructs for developing fast, responsive, and well-structured apps.

  • Understand multithreading basics in Java and on the Android platform
  • Learn how threads communicate within and between processes
  • Use strategies to reduce the risk of memory leaks
  • Manage the lifecycle of a basic thread
  • Run tasks sequentially in the background with HandlerThread
  • Use Java’s Executor Framework to control or cancel threads
  • Handle background task execution with AsyncTask and IntentService
  • Access content providers with AsyncQueryHandler
  • Use loaders to update the UI with new data
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    I'm a relative newbie to Android but an experienced programmer. I wasn't getting the details I needed from the official Android API/Developers site for a project I was working on and I needed a better fundamental understanding of how Android works(threads, content providers, activities, etc).

    I quickly realized that you can't effectively program in Android without really understanding how things work. This book provides that understanding and will save you a lot of blog/stackoverflow searching time by reading it first. However, if you're just trying to write Hello World apps then it might not be a perfect fit.

    This book provides a very clear understanding of how Android works(threads down to the OS level) and interactions between them. It provides the info in a very logical, top down flow and explains how each of the major components(activity, broadcast receiver, content provider, service) interact and work.

    That said, it may not be for someone looking for a cookbook of code snippets. It has example code to reinforce how things work, but it's not geared for a vast array of example code. I found it a great reference book for the fundamentals of Android OS programming.

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