RoboSpice is a modular android library that makes writing asynchronous network requests easy !
To learn more about RoboSpice in 30 seconds, try this infographics.
The Wiki has a fully detailed section to quickly setup you up whether you use Gradle, Maven or ant/eclipse.
Main features of RoboSpice
- supports Android starting from SDK version 8 (Froyo / 2.2.x)
- executes network requests asynchronously (in a background AndroidService)
- supports REST out of the box (using Spring Android or Google Http Client or Retrofit).
- is strongly typed ! You query webservices using POJOs as parameters and you get POJOs as request results.
- enforces no constraints neither on POJOs used for requests nor on Activity classes you use in your projects
- caches results in Json with both Jackson or Jackson2 or Gson, or Xml, or flat text files, or binary files, even using ORM Lite (still in beta)
- notifies your activities (or any other context) of the result of the network request with respect to their lifecycles.
- notifies your activities (or any other context) on the UI Thread
- no memory leaks at all, like Android Loaders, unlike Android AsyncTasks
- uses a simple but robust exception handling model
- supports multi-threading of request executions
- is stable, efficient and designed to respect Android philosophy
- supports request cancelling, request priorization and requests aggregation
- supports aggregation of different web services
- is a full featured replacement for long running AsyncTasks even if they are not related to networking.
- is open source ;)
- and tested (more than 200 tests)
RoboSpice is under Quality control on Sonar's Nemo instance. Thanks to Sonar Source.
To learn more about RoboSpice
To learn more, look at the presentation slides we created for DroidCon UK 2012, they are available in the download section.
A few links :
- Browse RoboSpice's full documentation on the Wiki.
- Maven site.
- Discussion group on google.
- Stack Over Flow questions about RoboSpice
Example code & demo
The RoboSpice team proposes a lot of sample applications in their own GitHub repo.
We also propose a few demo :
- RoboSpice Motivations : a pedagogical app that explains the motivations behind RoboSpice.
- and a demo that illustrates non-network related requests (offline).
A project initiated by Octo Technology
RoboSpice has been incubated at Octo Technology, a french company based in Paris, focused on software design and quality. It offers its employees to work part time on Research & Development projects. RoboSpice was one of them.
RoboSpice is the news
RoboSpice has been featured in
- Android dev weekly mailing list, issue 31.
- Android weekly mailing list, issue 44.
- An article of Geeek.org
RoboSpice has been presented at :
- DroidCon London, October 2013
- DroidCon Paris, June 2013
- Nantes GDG Dev Fest, France, November 2012
- Paris Android User Group, November 2012
- DroidCon Amsterdam, November 2012
- DroidCon London, October 2012
Copyright (C) 2012 Octo Technology (http://www.octo.com)
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.
Alternatives to RoboSpice
- Volley, and its source code.
- REST Provider
- REST Droid
- PostMan (rings twice) Lib
- Android Job Queue
Projects related to RoboSpice
- Blandware Android AtLeap Core is a library accelerating development. It contains universal Content Provider (for SQLite, ORMLite), Drawer, Account Authenticator, etc. AtLeap Sample is a good example of RoboSpice, Retrofit, ORMLite, Picasso integration.
- SpiceAnnotations : using RoboSpice and Android Annotations by Daniel Dekanski. Also read his blog post.