Fragmented - Android Developer Podcast

The Fragmented Podcast is a podcast for Android Developers hosted by Donn Felker and Kaushik Gopal. Our goal is to help you become a better Android Developer. We chat about topics such as Testing, Dependency Injection, Android Patterns and Practices, useful libraries and much more. We will also be interviewing some of the top Android Developers out there. Subscribe now and join us on the journey of being an Android Developer.

http://www.fragmentedpodcast.com

subscribe
share



 

episode 14: 014: Effective Java for Android developers : Item 1


We've mentioned the book "Effective Java" by Joshua Bloch quite a few times on previous episodes. At this point, everyone knows they should have read this book (quadruple times). But it's a dense read and everyone could use a reading buddy. Also, what does Effective Java look like through the eyes of an Android developer? In this second installment of our Fragment (a.k.a mini-episode), we thought we'll do our listeners a favor and help with that reading. We introduce the very first of these venerable "Items": Consider providing static factory methods instead of constructors. Stay tuned for more items from our "Effective Java for Android developers" Fragment series. Show Notes:

  • Effective Java (2nd Edition) - Joshua Bloch
Consider providing static factory methods instead of constructors
  • static factory method makeText for Toast class [androidxref.com]
  • ObjectAnimator [androidxref.com]:
    • .ofInt [androidxref.com]
    • .ofArgb [androidxref.com]
    • .ofFloat [androidxref.com]
Advantages:
  1. You can control the name and thus give it much more meaningful names
  2. You are not required to create a "new" object each time they are invoked
  3. You can even return an object that's a subtype of the return type (unlike constructors which only return class type)
  4. e.g.  Java Collections framework [grepcode.com]
Disadvantages:
  1. Classes without public or protected constructors cannot be subclassed
  2. Static factory methods are not readily distinguishable from other static methods
Takeaways
  1. "Consider" using static factory methods (not always)
  2. Use  newInstance when creating Fragments [androiddesignpatterns.com]
  3. Use newIntent static factory method for creating intents inside the target activity.
Contact us:
  • @fragmentedcast [twitter.com]
  • @donnfelker [twitter.com]
  • @kaushikgopal [twitter.com]


share





 10 August 2015  17m