Android Tutorial Android Process and activities life cycle

Discussion in 'Tutorials & Examples' started by Erel, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Witold Giejsztowt

    Witold Giejsztowt New Member Licensed User


    New guy here.
    In Main module I am declaring Process_Globals variable.
    What happens when I re-declare the same name variable in different activity module Process_Globals Sub ?
  2. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Nothing special. You are creating two different variables.
  3. MrKim

    MrKim Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Along these lines here is where a little tutorial would be most helpful.
    We have activity. code, class, and service modules
    Who can access what? And When?
    Who can run what? And when?
  4. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    Did you have a look at chapter 11 Modules in the Beginner's Guide ?
  5. svk123

    svk123 Member Licensed User

    Can a Activity be cloned or copied? Is it possible to dynamically create new activities (forms) from code?
  6. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    No. Each activity must be declared in the manifest file. However you can implement most of the activity logic in a class and then reuse this class from multiple activities.
  7. svk123

    svk123 Member Licensed User

    Can Views such as ScrollView, Panel, Buttons, EditTexts be declared in the class which can be reused from multiple activities?
  8. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

  9. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    i have a question, if i exit my actvity and in activity_pause i have activity.finish then the activity will create it self in the next start
    but if i exit the activity and i dont want to destroy it and i use the back button

    after i return to the activity i have only a blank screen, the layout is not loaded.
    what should i do to prevent it

    the thing is that i dont want to close the main activity with activity.finish because i am using the paramters in Process_Globals of the main activity

    that means: in activity 2 i am changing parameters in Process_Globals of the main activity so main activity can not be finished

    all other acitivies i am using activity.finish in the pause event but if i use the back key in the main and return to my app its sows only a black screen

  10. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    You shouldn't call Activity.Finish in Activity_Pause.

    If the user presses on the back button then the activity is destroyed (unless you caught the back button event).

    Activity.Finish has nothing to do with the process global variables.
  11. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    ok i want to understand,

    so activity.finish should be called from a button for example and in the pause event i am saving data or whatever i want to do before the activity will be finished

    should i also finish the main avtivity if i want to go to other activities?

    the problem is that i want to use parameters that are in the main activity and change them, can i do that also if the main activity is called with activity.finish??

    and why afte ri press in main screen the back button and i exit my application when i return i get a blank screen??

    if the activity will be destroyd with the back button it should recreate it self on the next start and load the layout file etc...
  12. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Only if you want to remove it from the activities stack.

    If you are accessing process global variables then yes.

    See this quiz:

    It covers several common mistakes.
  13. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    the problem is that if i exit my app via home button and return to it everything is ok
    but via the back button and return the layout is not loaded and i see a black empty screen

    is this a bug? why via the homebutton the app load the activity layout again but via the back button not

    but i do to solve the problem is i caught the back button and call ExitApplication but is this the right way ?
  14. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Calling ExitApplication is almost always the wrong way.

    Most probably a bug in your code. Are you creating the UI only when FirstTime is true? If yes then it is a mistake.
  15. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    no not only if firsttime is true.
    could it be the phone? Samsung 2? because i can create a very simple app with a layout that has 1 button and it does the same
    if i exit the app with the back button when it returns i see black screen

    i will make a video when i get home and show you
  16. corwin42

    corwin42 Expert Licensed User

    Would be better if you show us the code than a video on the problem. Without the code we can only guess what you have done wrong.
  17. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User


    this is the main activity (its only loading my logo and then start activity menu)

    #Region  Project Attributes
    #ApplicationLabel: Ninja Hop
    #VersionCode: 13
    #VersionName: 1.42
    'SupportedOrientations possible values: unspecified, landscape or portrait.
        #SupportedOrientations: landscape
    #CanInstallToExternalStorage: False
    #AdditionalRes: C:\Android SDK\extras\google\google_play_services\libproject\google-play-services_lib\res,
    #End Region

    #Region  Activity Attributes
    #FullScreen: true
    #IncludeTitle: false
    #End Region

    'Activity module
    Sub Process_Globals
    'These global variables will be declared once when the application starts.
        'These variables can be accessed from all modules.
        Dim t1 As Timer
    End Sub

    Sub Globals
    'These global variables will be redeclared each time the activity is created.
        'These variables can only be accessed from this module.
    Dim img As ImageView
    Dim a1 As Animation
    Dim x As Int
    Dim y As Int

    End Sub

    Sub Activity_Create(FirstTime As Boolean)
    If FirstTime = True Then
        img.Initialize (
        img.Bitmap = 
    LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets , "pro2.png")
        img.Gravity = 
    Activity.Color = Colors.White
        y = (
    Activity.Height / 2) - 38dip
        x = (
    Activity.Width / 2) - 100dip
    Activity.AddView (img, x,y, 200dip ,76dip )

        t1.Initialize (

        a1.Duration = 
        a1.RepeatCount = 
    'a3.RepeatMode = a3.REPEAT_REVERSE
        t1.Enabled = 
    End If

    End Sub

    Sub Activity_KeyPress (KeyCode As Int) As Boolean 'Return True to consume the event

    If KeyCode = KeyCodes.KEYCODE_BACK Then                                   
    Return True                                                         
    Return False
    End If

    End Sub

    Sub t1_tick
    t1.Enabled = 
    End Sub

    Sub Activity_Resume
    End Sub

    Sub Activity_Pause (UserClosed As Boolean)
    End Sub
    activity menu i load the layout (not if firsttime = true )

    and when i exit my app via the back button = black screen, Home button is ok only back button

  18. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    The timer is never enabled when FirstTime is false.
  19. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    this is what i want, the timer will start after 2 seconds and start activity menu (and will finish activity main)
    so it should run only on firsttime

    do you know why do i get the black screen? via the back button but home button is ok?
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2014
  20. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Yes. You are not loading any layout when FirstTime is False (which will happen after you press on the back key).

    Note that it is a mistake to call Activity.Finish in Activity_Pause (not related to the missing layout).
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