Android :: Pass Messages Between Threads?

Jan 9, 2010

Currently I have two threads, other than the UI thread, which need to communicate with each other. Thread one needs to be able to send messages directly to thread two, and vice versa. What is the best way to implement this?

At the minute, my code looks like this...

Android :: Pass messages between threads?

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I am curious about the safety of this method I have considered using for passing touch events in my Android application (and testing my understanding of concurrency in Java). Here's the basics:

I have a SurfaceView hooked up to SurfaceHolder.Callback to get user input events, mainly the onTouchEvent callback. After the onTouchEvent method is invoked, I see if event.getAction() == MotionEvent.ACTION_UP and, if so, call a method I have named postTouchEvent which is a member method of my app thread that updates the application's state and draws to the canvas. Code...

Now I understand that it is certainly not atomic, but since I treat it as immutable after receiving it from framework, won't this work? (Instead of synchronizing the post method and the if statement, which I have no problem doing, but I'm asking to learn.)

Here are my thoughts. I know I will have a valid reference to the object but I am unsure in what state I will actually see the object. While testing everything is working out just fine but I am aware of how uncommon threading exceptions can be, even if something is broken.

Also, I can see one problem with this: If another MotionEvent comes though, it's possible that inputEvent in the run() method will be set to a different event than the one that was referenced when this.mInputEvent != null was checked, but this really isn't an issue.

So, is there anything I am missing or, for my purposes, should this be ok?

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As Timer runs in its own thread, I assumed this would be reliable. But I notice that sometimes there is a stutter, or delay, in the views updating. It's like they occasionally get stacked up, and all happen together. Studying the output from logcat, I notice that this happens when the device is doing something else - some system functions, or sometimes a garbage collection.

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Just for full disclosure, I was originally returning an ArrayList of custom model objects and using an ArrayAdapter, but (understandably) the customer pointed out it was bad memory-manangement and I wasn't happy with the performance anyways. I'd really like to avoid a solution where I'm generating huge lists of objects and then doing a listAdapter.notifyDataSetChanged/Invalidated()

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