[Android Dev] 2.1 Lifecycles

Android kills background apps !!

onCreate()CreatedonStart()Visible(can be seen on screen) → onResume()Active(get focus, can interact with)

ActiveonPause()Paused(lose focus — same thing as Visible?) → onStop()Stopped(disappeared) → onDestroy()Destroyed(lifecycle ends)

when rotate screen, the function calling is:

onPause --> onStop --> onDestroy --> onCreate --> onStart --> onResume

note: activity will be destroyed when device configuration is changed !


so that the app states can be saved when device configuration changes (ex. rotate).

parameter: a Bundle to keep state into key-value pairs. to pass objects via Bundle: implement the Parcelble interface.

Override this onSavedInstanceState() function → put useful objects into the bundle parameter.

// TODO (3) Override onSaveInstanceState to persist data across Activity recreation
// Do the following steps within onSaveInstanceState
// TODO (4) Make sure super.onSaveInstanceState is called before doing anything else

// TODO (5) Put the contents of the TextView that contains our URL into a variable
// TODO (6) Using the key for the query URL, put the string in the outState Bundle

// TODO (7) Put the contents of the TextView that contains our raw JSON search results into a variable
// TODO (8) Using the key for the raw JSON search results, put the search results into the outState Bundle

public void onSaveInstanceState(Bundle outState) {
    outState.putString(QUERYURL_KEY, mUrlDisplayTextView.getText().toString());
    outState.putString(RAW_JSON_KEY, mSearchResultsTextView.getText().toString());

in onCreate: try to extract objects form bundle savedInstanceState (if it's not null).

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    mSearchBoxEditText = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.et_search_box);
    mUrlDisplayTextView = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.tv_url_display);
    mSearchResultsTextView = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.tv_github_search_results_json);
    mErrorMessageDisplay = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.tv_error_message_display);
    mLoadingIndicator = (ProgressBar) findViewById(R.id.pb_loading_indicator);
    // TODO (9) If the savedInstanceState bundle is not null, set the text of the URL and search results TextView respectively
    if(savedInstanceState!=null && savedInstanceState.containsKey(QUERYURL_KEY))
    if(savedInstanceState!=null && savedInstanceState.containsKey(RAW_JSON_KEY))

AsyncTasks and Loader

edgecase: rotate when async task is performing → asynctask runs on separate thread → the zombie activities will not be killed !! ⇒ Loader Loader is identified by a loader ID, thus preventing several loaders running in the same time. AsyncTaskLoader lifecycle: it is bounded to an Activity instead of an async task ⇒ when device rotates, the loader will feed the results of tasks to the right activity.

Using Loaders

  1. create loader id: private static final GITHUB_SEARCH_LOADER = 22;
  2. implement LoaderCallbacks interface functions in MainActivity
  3. init loader with a LoaderManager, and start the loader

let MainActivty implement LoaderManager.LoaderCallbacks<String>

implement onCreateLoader — onPreExecute and onDoInBackground for AsyncTask

// TODO (3) Override onCreateLoader
public Loader<String> onCreateLoader(int id, final Bundle bundle) {// !make bundle final so that can access it below
    // TODO (4) Return a new AsyncTaskLoader<String> as an anonymous inner class with this as the constructor's parameter
    return new AsyncTaskLoader<String>(this) {
        public String loadInBackground() {
            return null;
        // TODO (5) Override onStartLoading
        protected void onStartLoading() {
            // TODO (6) If bundle is null, return.
            if (bundle==null) return;
            // TODO (7) move the content of onPrecuter in the AsyncTask class
            // TODO (8) Force a load

        // TODO (9) Override loadInBackground
        protected String onLoadInBackground() {
            // TODO (10) Get the String for our URL from the bundle passed to onCreateLoader
            String searchUrlstr= bundle.getString(SEARCH_QUERY_URL_EXTRA);
            // TODO (11) If the URL is null or empty, return null
            if(searchUrlstr==null || TextUtils.isEmpty(searchUrlstr)) return null;
            // TODO (12) Copy the try / catch block from the AsyncTask's doInBackground method
            String githubSearchResults = null;
            try {
                githubSearchResults = NetworkUtils.getResponseFromHttpUrl(new URL(searchUrlstr));
            } catch (IOException e) {
            return githubSearchResults;

implement onLoadFinished — onPostExecute for AsyncTask

// TODO (13) Override onLoadFinished
public void onLoadFinished(Loader<String> loader, String githubSearchResults) {
    // TODO (15) Use the same logic used in onPostExecute to show the data or the error message
    if (githubSearchResults != null && !githubSearchResults.equals("")) {
    } else {

// TODO (16) Override onLoaderReset as it is part of the interface we implement, but don't do anything in this method
public void onLoaderReset(Loader<String> loader) {


in makeGithubSearchQuery(): create bundle, create a loder, start it

instead of staring an AsyncTask, we get a Loader and re-run it via a loader manager.

// TODO (19) Create a bundle called queryBundle
Bundle queryBundle = new Bundle();
// TODO (20) Use putString with SEARCH_QUERY_URL_EXTRA as the key and the String value of the URL as the value
queryBundle.putString(SEARCH_QUERY_URL_EXTRA, githubSearchUrl.toString());
// TODO (21) Call getSupportLoaderManager and store it in a LoaderManager variable
LoaderManager loaderManager = getSupportLoaderManager();
// TODO (22) Get our Loader by calling getLoader and passing the ID we specified
Loader loader = loaderManager.getLoader(GITHUB_SEARCH_LOADER);
// TODO (23) If the Loader was null, initialize it. Else, restart it.
if(loader==null) loader = loaderManager.initLoader(GITHUB_SEARCH_LOADER, queryBundle, this);
else loaderManager.restartLoader(GITHUB_SEARCH_LOADER, queryBundle, this);

Caching with loaders

Loaders will reload if activity is destroyed and re-created. This overhead can be avoided by caching the results in the AsyncTaskLoader (created in onCreateLoader()).

// TODO (1) Create a String member variable called mGithubJson that will store the raw JSON
String mGithubJson; // cached results
protected void onStartLoading() {
    /* If no arguments were passed, we don't have a query to perform. Simply return. */
    if (args == null) {

        * When we initially begin loading in the background, we want to display the
        * loading indicator to the user

    // TODO (2) If mGithubJson is not null, deliver that result. Otherwise, force a load
    if(mGithubJson!=null) deliverResult(mGithubJson);
    else forceLoad();
// TODO (3) Override deliverResult and store the data in mGithubJson
public void deliverResult(String data) {
    mGithubJson = data;
// TODO (4) Call super.deliverResult after storing the data
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