Android-Zorn

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Language
Java
Version
v1.0.0 (Aug 26, 2015)
Created
Aug 6, 2015
Updated
Feb 22, 2016 (Retired)
Owner
Tomer Shalev (HendrixString)
Contributors
Ravindra Kumar (ravidsrk)
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Android-Zorn

Asynchronous Workers and Worker Managers for Android.

How to use

simply fork or download the project, you can also download and create .aar file yourself.

Notable Features

  • use Worker API as a replacement for AsyncTask
  • workers run on background threads and return callbacks on the main(calling) thread.
  • automate a batch of workers with two worker managers:
    • PriorityWorkerManager - workers are processed according to their priority both serially or unbounded.
    • TopologicalWorkerManager - workers are processed according to a binary topological relation and order.

Using a Worker

1. Simply anonymously instantiate AbstractWorker

AbstractWorker worker = new AbstractWorker() {
    @Override
    protected void onProgress() {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }

    @Override
    protected void onComplete() {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }

    @Override
    public void work() {
        // here you put work to be done in a background thread
    }
};

// run async
worker.process();

2. Simply extend AbstractWorker

MyWorker worker = new MyWorker();

worker.process(new WorkerObserver() {
    @Override
    public void onWorkerComplete(IWorker worker) {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }

    @Override
    public void onWorkerProgress(IWorker worker) {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }

    @Override
    public void onWorkerError(IWorker worker) {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }
});

3. use SimpleWorker with a IWork object (like Runnable)

SimpleWorker sw = new SimpleWorker(new IWork() {
    @Override
    public void work() {
        // here you put work to be done in a background thread
    }
});

sw.process();

notes

  • IWorker.process(..) method also have an overloaded version where one can pass ExecutorService
  • IWorker supports many more methods and ideas. I did not go through all.
  • in the future, I will add support for Java native FutureTask and Callable so worker can have cancelling feature.

Using a Worker Manager

Worker managers support a lot of functionality such as pause, start, stop etc.. You can also implement a Worker manager using BaseAbstractWorkerManager, it is very easy. Contributions of new Worker managers are most welcome.

Priority Worker Manager.

pm = new PriorityWorkerManager("myId");
// serial mode
pm.setExecutionMode(AbstractWorkerManager.EXECUTION_MODE.SERIAL);

IWorker worker = null;
String  id;
int     priority;

for(int ix = 0; ix < 20; ix++) {
    id        = String.valueOf(ix);
    priority  = ix;
    
    worker    = new TestWorker(id, priority);

    pm.enqueue(worker);
}

pm.setListener(new WorkerManagerObserver() {
    @Override
    public void onComplete(IWorkerManager wm) {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }

    @Override
    public void onProgress(String id) {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }

    @Override
    public void onError(WorkerManagerErrorInfo err) {
        // runs on the calling/main thread
    }
});

pm.start();

Topological Worker Manager.

Use the TopologicalWorkerManager.Builder or Zorn.newTopologicalWorkerManager() to create a worker manager that takes into account a directed binary relation among workers.

TestWorker a1 = new TestWorker("a1");
TestWorker a2 = new TestWorker("a2");
TestWorker a3 = new TestWorker("a3");
TestWorker a4 = new TestWorker("a4");
TestWorker a5 = new TestWorker("a5");

TopologicalWorkerManager tm = new TopologicalWorkerManager.Builder().id("topological_test")
                                                          .listener(this)
                                                          .before(a1, a3)
                                                          .before(a2, a3)
                                                          .after(a4, a3)
                                                          .after(a5, a4)
                                                          .build();
                                                          
tm.setListener(...);

tm.start();                                                          

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