Asynchronous Android Paperback – 24 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Steve Liles is a self-confessed geek and has been an Android fan since the launch day of the G1. When he isn't at work building publishing systems and apps for newspapers and magazines, you'll find him tinkering with his own apps, building 3D printers, or playing RTS games. He is currently working with a start-up to build an advertising system that links the print and digital worlds using computer vision on Android and iOS devices.
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The negatives in this book is that the material is pretty thin. For instance, there is no in depth discussion of things like the looper. There is no discussion at all about testing. It all kind of has the feel of just 'if you're looking for x, go to door y.' Also, there are a few sections of the book that are completely absurd like the one where the author uses a file download as an example of something that ought be implemented as a service, then in the chapter summary he calls it the best example of a service. On earth? Huh??
Just barely made 4 and that's because of the success in providing comparative summaries that the documentation lacks.
I would recommend reading the entire book but it is organized nicely and each component gets its own chapter. If you are simply dealing with asynctasks and life cycle issues related to asynctasks you can open this book to that chapter and be happily on your way.
Overall because of the importance that android places on not blocking an application's main thread means that every android developer should read this book to get the best performance and stability from their apps.
To address this problem efficiently, I recommend reading the book 'Asynchronous Android' from 'Packt Publishing' (see [...] )
'Asynchronous Android' is a practical book that guides you through the concurrency constructs provided by the Android platform, illustrating the applications, benefits, and pitfalls of each.
Reading the book, you will learn to use AsyncTask correctly to perform operations in the background, keeping user-interfaces running smoothly while avoiding treacherous memory leaks. Discover Handler, HandlerThread and Looper, the related and fundamental building blocks of asynchronous programming in Android. Escape from the constraints of the Activity lifecycle to load and cache data efficiently across your entire application with the Loader framework. Keep your data fresh with scheduled tasks, and understand how Services let your application continue to run in the background, even when the user is busy with something else.
Asynchronous Android will help you to build well-behaved apps with smooth, responsive user-interfaces that delight users with speedy results and data that’s always fresh, and keep the system happy and the battery charged by playing by the rules.
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