Android AsyncTask inside AsyncTask
So, I’m working on a barcode decoder, which once we have the barcode goes to multiples API over the internet to decode what was just scanned.
The thing is that I have to link some XML parsing together, and I don’t know if I’m doing it right.
So, once the barcode is scanned, my program calls an ASyncTask which goes over an API to retrieve the product name. Once it has the name, I want it to call another ASyncTask. I know this is possible by instantiating an ASyncTaks in the
onPostExecute() of the other but, I think this is wrong, because it’s like boxes within boxes.
So isn’t it possible/better to instantiate my second ASyncTask inside my main Activity, and make it wait until my first ASyncTask is finished ?
(english isn’t my primary language, I hope I made myself clear).
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I think it’s absolutely legitimate to start the second
AsyncTask in the
onPostExecute of the first AsyncTask, Mixing both operations is a bad logical idea, As “The Offspring” said – “You’ve gotta keep ’em separated”
If you don’t want it to be directly inside the
onPostExecute itself, set a handler to execute it in the activity and call this handler from
And last thing – If you have a lot of logic – move it to a separate file, don’t keep it all at the same file.
In situations like this it might be better to batch long running operations together in one AsyncTask.
Another option is to use the Loaders API, this makes chaining tasks much easier http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/fundamentals/loaders.html
You can go for another approach if you are facing often a situation like this. That is to merge requests and operations inside of runnables/callables and to manage them separately within say a queue for instance.
Here is a nice approach.