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Android Activity Lifecycle Car Analogy


In most application frameworks, classes have a certain lifecycle that may be used to do customizations at the proper time. Let’s look at the Android activity lifecycle as compared to being a car.

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Today, I found this great analogy for describing the Android Activity lifecycle as a car, which can help you map where you should put your activity customizations.

protected void onCreate(...) {
    openGarageDoor();
    unlockCarAndGetIn();
    closeCarDoorAndPutOnSeatBelt();
    putKeyInIgnition();
}

protected void onStart() {
    startEngine();
    changeRadioStation();
    switchOnLightsIfNeeded();
    switchOnWipersIfNeeded();
}

protected void onResume() {
    applyFootbrake();
    releaseHandbrake();
    putCarInGear();
    drive();
}

protected void onPause() {
    putCarInNeutral();
    applyHandbrake();
}

protected void onStop() {
    switchEveryThingOff();
    turnOffEngine();
    removeSeatBeltAndGetOutOfCar();
    lockCar();
}

protected void onDestroy() {
    enterOfficeBuilding();
}

protected void onReachedGroceryStore(...) {
    Intent i = new Intent(ACTION_GET_GROCERIES, ...,  this, GroceryStoreActivity.class);
}

protected void onRestart() {
    unlockCarAndGetIn();
    closeDoorAndPutOnSeatBelt();
    putKeyInIgnition();
}