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Android Database Best Practices / Edition 1

Android Database Best Practices / Edition 1

by Adam Stroud
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ISBN-13: 9780134437996
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Publication date: 08/12/2016
Series: Android Deep Dive Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Adam Stroud is an Android developer who has been developing apps for Android since 2010. He has been an early employee at multiple startups including RunKeeper, Mustbin, and Chef Nightly, and has led the Android development from the ground up. He has a strong passion for Android and open source and seems to be attracted to all things Android.

In addition to writing code, has also written other books on Android development and enjoys giving talks on a wide range of Android topics including Android development and gaining root access on Android devices. He loves being a part of the Android community and getting together with other Android enthusiasts to “geek out”.

Adam is currently the technical co-founder and lead Android architect at a new startup where he oversees the development of the Android app.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

About the Author xxi

Chapter 1: Relational Databases 1

History of Databases 1

The Relational Model 3

Relational Languages 9

Database Languages 14

Summary 15

Chapter 2: An Introduction to SQL 17

Data Definition Language 17

Data Manipulation Language 28

Queries 32

Summary 37

Chapter 3: An Introduction to SQLite 39

SQLite Characteristics 39

SQLite Features 39

What SQLite Does Not Support 42

SQLite Data Types 43

Summary 44

Chapter 4: SQLite in Android 47

Data Persistence in Phones 47

Android Database API 47

Strategies for Upgrading Databases 58

Database Access and the Main Thread 60

Exploring Databases in Android 61

Summary 77

Chapter 5: Working with Databases in Android 79

Manipulating Data in Android 79

Transactions 87

Running Queries 89

Cursors 91

CursorLoader 94

Summary 99

Chapter 6: Content Providers 101

REST-Like APIs in Android 101

Content URIs 102

Exposing Data with a Content Provider 102

Exposing a Remote Content Provider to External Apps 108

Content Provider Contract 112

Allowing Access from an External App 114

Implementing a Content Provider 115

When Should a Content Provider Be Used? 132

Summary 135

Chapter 7: Databases and the UI 137

Getting Data from the Database to the UI 137

Cursors as Observers 143

Accessing a Content Provider from an Activity 145

Summary 161

Chapter 8: Sharing Data with Intents 163

Sending Intents 163

Receiving Implicit Intents 166

Building an Intent 167

ShareActionProvider 173

Summary 175

Chapter 9: Communicating with Web APIs 177

REST and Web Services 177

Accessing Remote Web APIs 179

Persisting Data to Enhance User Experience 206

Android SyncAdapter Framework 207

Manually Synchronizing Remote Data 218

Summary 229

Chapter 10: Data Binding 231

Adding Data Binding to an Android Project 231

Data Binding Layouts 232

Using Data Binding to Replace Boilerplate Code 242

Data Binding Expression Language 246

Summary 247

Index 249

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