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  • 650003 – Mobile Computing (MCA 5th Semester) 1Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Introduction to Mobile Networking  Android provide powerful API to design network based application like accessing Internet, design social networking application, etc.  Android uses powerful technologies and libraries like* and*.  Android SDK provide a number of tools and classes to design network based application.  We must take care while designing application as resources are limited. 2Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Accessing Internet ( HTTP)  Most commonly used protocol to transfer data over internet is HTTP.  We use HTTP to transfer data from and to the server over internet.  To transfer data securely SSL (Secure Socket Layer) may be used. 3Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Reading Data from web import; import; public class FetchData extends Activity { protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { URL text = new URL(“”); InputStream isText = text.openStream(); byte[] bText = new byte[250]; int readSize =; Log.i(“Net”, “readSize = “ + readSize); Log.i(“Net”, “bText = “+ new String(bText)); isText.close(); } } 4Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Permission to access Internet Add following code in AndroidManifest.xml file <uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.INTERNET” /> <uses-permission android:name=”android.permission. ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE” /> 5Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • HttpURLConnection class  This class is used to fetch more information about url compare to URL class in pervious example.  Extra information may includes the length of the content, content type, and date-time information. 6Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Example import; import; import; public class FetchData extends Activity { protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { URL text = new URL(“”); HttpURLConnection http = (HttpURLConnection)text.openConnection(); Log.i(“Net”, “length = “ + http.getContentLength()); Log.i(“Net”, “respCode = “ + http.getResponseCode()); Log.i(“Net”, “contentType = “+ http.getContentType()); Log.i(“Net”, “content = “+http.getContent()); } } 7Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Processing XML from the Network  Android uses XML in varieties of ways like Android resource file, manifest file, animation, layout design, etc.  Also large number of data transferred over network are in XML form.  We use Web service and RSS feed are in XML form.  Android provide class to process XML file same as other files from file system.  XML Pull Parser is fast and efficient choice to parse XML for network application 8Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • XMLPullParser Interface and more…  XML Pull Parser is an interface that defines parsing functionality .  Xml Pull Parser (XPP) provides a simple and fast implementation of "pull parsing model" that allows processing application to request parsing events incrementally.  There are two key methods: next() and nextToken().  While next() provides access to high level parsing events, nextToken() allows access to lower level tokens. 9Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Cont…  The current event state of the parser can be determined by calling the getEventType() method. Initially, the parser is in the START_DOCUMENT state.  The method next() advances the parser to the next event. The int value returned from next determines the current parser state and is identical to the value returned from following calls to getEventType (). The following event types are seen by next()  START_TAG An XML start tag was read.  TEXT Text content was read; the text content can be retrieved using the getText() method. (when in validating mode next() will not report ignorable whitespace, use nextToken() instead)  END_TAG An end tag was read  END_DOCUMENT No more events are available 10Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Steps… Following steps are required to use XPP: 1. create an instance of XmlPullParserFactory using newInstance() method 2. create an instance of XmlPullParser using newPullParser() method on instance of XmlPullParserFactory 3. set options (if they are different than defaults) 4. set input by calling either XmlPullParser.setInput(Reader) or XmlPullParser.setInput(char[]) 5. start parsing by calling - this method returns event type and parsing is finished when it returns XmlPullParser.END_DOCUMENT event type. 11Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Sample Code 12Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Network Address Space Network Address Description Router/gateway address Special alias to your host loopback interface (i.e., on your development machine) First DNS server / / Optional second, third and fourth DNS server (if any) The emulated device's own network/ethernet interface The emulated device's own loopback interface 13Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Processing Asynchronously AsyncTask enables proper and easy use of the UI thread. This class allows to perform background operations and publish results on the UI thread without having to manipulate threads and/or handlers.  An asynchronous task is defined by a computation that runs on a background thread and whose result is published on the UI thread. An asynchronous task is defined by 3 generic types, called Params, Progress and Result, and 4 steps, called onPreExecute, doInBackground, onProgressUpdate and onPostExecute. 14Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  •  AsyncTask must be extended in our own class to use it’s functionality.  The subclass will override at least one method (doInBackground(Params...)), and most often will override a second one (onPostExecute(Result).)  Example 15Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • Steps… When an asynchronous task is executed, the task goes through 4 steps: 1. onPreExecute(), invoked on the UI thread immediately after the task is executed. This step is normally used to setup the task, for instance by showing a progress bar in the user interface. 2. doInBackground(Params...), invoked on the background thread immediately after onPreExecute() finishes executing. This step is used to perform background computation that can take a long time. The parameters of the asynchronous task are passed to this step. The result of the computation must be returned by this step and will be passed back to the last step. This step can also use publishProgress(Progress...) to publish one or more units of progress. These values are published on the UI thread, in the onProgressUpdate(Progress...) step. 3. onProgressUpdate(Progress...), invoked on the UI thread after a call to publishProgress(Progress...). The timing of the execution is undefined. This method is used to display any form of progress in the user interface while the background computation is still executing. For instance, it can be used to animate a progress bar or show logs in a text field. 4. onPostExecute(Result), invoked on the UI thread after the background computation finishes. The result of the background computation is passed to this step as a parameter. 16Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )
  • In Short…….. 1. doInBackground: Code performing long running operation goes in this method. When onClick method is executed on click of button, it calls execute method which accepts parameters and automatically calls doInBackground method with the parameters passed. 2. onPostExecute: This method is called after doInBackground method completes processing. Result from doInBackground is passed to this method. 3. onPreExecute: This method is called before doInBackground method is called. 4. onProgressUpdate: This method is invoked by calling publishProgress anytime from doInBackground call this method. 17Mr. Pritesh N. Patel ( ISTAR )