Asynchronous message passing between Android components
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EventHub

EventHub is a slim library to allow your different asynchronous components inside an app to communicate with each other with very minimal overhead. Basic motivation of this idea was to allow activity to understand the state of its different fragments inside your Android application.

Architecture

EventHub is a singleton class which can be accessed through getInstance() method. Architecture is based on two components, one is Event Generator and another is Event Listeners. Event generating components register their action using registerEventHubAction method. And listeners register for listening the events using registerListenerForAction method. Action generator publish and action using actionHappened method, and it remains in the store throughout the lifecycle unless the action generator class un-registers itself. So that even if some new listener joins an event family, it gets the last message happened and can decide the state of itself.

                                     +--------------------+
                                     |                    |
                                 +---> Event Listener 1   |
                                 |   |                    |
+-------------+   +----------+   |   +--------------------+
|             |   |          |   |   +--------------------+
| Event       +---> EventHub +---+   |                    |
| Generator   |   |          |   +---> Event Listener 2   |
+-------------+   +----------+   |   |                    |
                                 |   +--------------------+
                                 |
                                 |   +--------------------+
                                 |   |                    |
                                 +---+ Event Listener n   |
                                     |                    |
                                     +--------------------+

For using it with Android

You can build this library and use jar in libs to use it with your Android application. This library does not use any specific library related with Android. In EventHubAction you can use Bundle instead. Both EventHubAction and EventHubActionListener are templatized so you can use any kind of object to represent the data related with your action.

Running example (Android APP)

I have used this library in AppSurfer (http://appsurfer.com) mobile app as well as our mobile SDK, for fragment state communication. We had three fragments inside a ViewPager (each having its own type of filters) showing apps related to the current category (somewhat similar to the Google Play store). Now to avoid using more memory, I had enabled caching for only 1 invisible fragment and the third fragment would get destroyed as soon as it leaves the cache enabled quota (using public void setOffscreenPageLimit (int limit)) of ViewPager. The category selection dialog was a separate fragment and had its own lifecycle. Now I had to store the current selected category by user so that as he traverses through the ViewPager he should see the updated category on each fragments.

In this scenario I used EventHub on the main activity, to which category fragment registers itself as category action event generator and all the fragments of the view pager register themselves as event listener for category action. So whenever a fragment gets resumed, it registers for the action, gets the latest message on that hub, and shows that category.

(This is very similar to what google play does, when it shows a tab bar with Top Free, Top paid and on the leftmost side it has a category selection fragment).

Licence

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2014 Akshay Deo

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