Android :: What Difference When A Class Extend From Handler And Thread? - In Framework

Mar 18, 2010

What is the difference when a class extend from Handler and Thread?

As described in developer.android.com
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Each Handler instance is associated with a single thread and that thread's message queue.
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Does the thread has no message queue ?

Any benefit for a class extend from Handler?

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Sep 6, 2010

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CODE:.....

However, I as soon as sendMessage() is called (from the parent/calling thread), the Handler.handleMessage() is processed (in the child/receiving thread), even if the child/receiving thread is blocking in a while loop.

I've seen this problem solved in other games by using a thread-safe list (ConcurrentLinkedQueue). The UI thread just posts events to this queue, and the game loop can remove the events as it seems fit. I just assumed the Handler class was designed for this purpose. It seems it's more intended for asynchronous callbacks to the parent thread.

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CODE:...............

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CODE:.............

In the AlertDialog instance is an OnClickListener:

CODE:...............

I've checked that the thread is still active with handler.getLooper().getThread().isAlive() which always returns true but it still gives me "sending message to a Handler on a dead thread". How is it that the Message/Handler has decided that the thread is dead? Shouldn't it rely on the .isAlive() method? In the end I am trying to avoid replicating the thread management build into the Android OS .

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Give a example, that I want to implement.

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May 21, 2009

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The requirement is like this.

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