Saturday, 31 August 2013

Acitvity LifeCycle of Android Application

This tutorial explains how android activity lifecycle works. Activity is a window that contains the user interface of your application.

To create an activity your class need to extends Activty base class.An Application has more than on activity . Activity base class contains events that governs the life cycle of an activity.

  • onCreate () : Called when the activity is first created.
  • onStart(): Called when the activity become visible to the user.
  • onResume(): Called when the activity start interacting with the user.
  • onPause(): Called when the current activity is being paused and the previous activity is being resumed.
  • onStop(): Called when the activity is no longer visible to the user.
  • onDestroy(): Called before the activity is destroyed by the system.
  • onRestart(): Called when the activity has been stoped and is restarting again.

Step 1:
Create a project with the following details:
ProjectName      :            LifeCycle
PackageName    :            sat.tuts4mobile.lifecycle
ActivityName        :                LifeCycleActivity  

Step 2:
In the file , add the following code:

package sat.tuts4mobile.lifecycle;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class LifeCycleActivity extends Activity {
    /** Called when the activity is first created. */
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        Toast.makeText(LifeCycleActivity.this,"ON CREATE", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
    protected void onStart() {
       // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        Toast.makeText(LifeCycleActivity.this,"ON START", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
    protected void onResume() {
       // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        Toast.makeText(LifeCycleActivity.this,"ON RESUME", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

    protected void onPause() {
       // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        Toast.makeText(LifeCycleActivity.this,"ON PAUSE", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

    protected void onRestart() {
       // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        Toast.makeText(LifeCycleActivity.this,"ON RESTART", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

    protected void onStop() {
       // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        Toast.makeText(LifeCycleActivity.this,"ON STOP", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

    protected void onDestroy() {
       // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        Toast.makeText(LifeCycleActivity.this,"ON DESTROY", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Step 3:
When you run the following code , you see when the application starts there are three toast messages comes after one another.
First is ON CREATE , second is ON START and third is ON RESUME.

When you press the home button from the emulator , ON PAUSE and ON STOP methods call.

And when you opens the application again ON RESTART , ON START and ON RESUME methods call.

And in last when you press the back button from emulator , ON PAUSE , ON STOP and ON DESTROY method calls

Click here to download source code of application.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the information.

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