About the Book
Most modern mobile applications require that the user interface be responsive despite simultaneous operations occurring—downloading data over the network, displaying animations, writing files to disk, etc. As a consequence, concurrency and asynchronicity are inherent in mobile programming. Orchestrating concurrent code written in an imperative way, however, is known to be difficult and error-prone. Using the reactive programming paradigm, we are able to simplify much of these needs.
In the Android-world, the leading library for enabling reactive programming is RxJava. RxJava is the backbone of many large-scale applications such as Netflix, Soundcloud, and Trello. This book seeks to explain all there is to know about this topic and its applications in Android development using the latest version of RxJava, RxJava 2.x, by using examples that are familiar to Android developers.
At a high level, you will learn the following concepts:
- The 3 O's—Observable, Operator, Observer
- Alternative base reactive types—Completable, Maybe, Flowable
- Hot vs. Cold Observables
- Error Handling
- ...and many more!
If you are using Kotlin to develop Android apps, check out our other book "Reactive Programming on Android with RxKotlin."
About the Authors
Chris Arriola is a Mobile Developer Freelancer with extensive experience developing native Android and iOS applications. He has shipped several apps for top companies in the Bay Area.
When he's not writing code, you can find him climbing, surfing, or cycling somewhere. Find out more on his website.
Angus Huang is a software engineer based in the Bay Area, where he was born and raised. He has been developing for Android since 2012. Before Android, he was part of the standards group defining the APIs for Java ME. Now, he is building the digital cockpit experience for NIO's next-generation electric autonomous vehicle… using Android.
Away from the computer, he enjoys doing triathlons in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and traveling whenever possible.