Is this the first run?

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Ever wanted to have a different flow of actions on the second or third run of your app? I had that many times, in almost every project that I haver worked on. So here is a little snippet, that you can use to store, and check the fact, if this is the first run of your app. You can modify it easily, to suit your needs.

How to play video and audio on Android Part 2.

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In this part, I'm going to focus on MediaPlayer. I'm going to show you, how to stop it properly, and how to create a media player more easily.
The default behavior is the same, with every activity, after onPause and onStop, if the activity is not destroyed, it will continue to run in the background, until it is killed so the system can free up the memory it is using. So until the activity is destroyed, the mediaplayer will continue to occupy space in the phones memory.

How to display a custom dialog in your Android application

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How to display a custom dialog in your Android application

Yesterday Jozsi showed you, how to make an alert dialog, today I'm going to show you, how to make a custom dialog/popup window.
Sometimes, it's better to make your own dialog, because this way, you can display whatewer you want., the way you want it.
First, make your own layout, with the needed elements. Here, I'm going to use two buttons, a textview inside a scrollview, and an imageview...

How to play video and audio on Android

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There is more than one way, to play media files on an Android phone, let me show you two of them.


MediaPlayer is the easier way, if you just want to play an audio file in the background, somewhere in an appliaction. There are no ui controls here, but of course you can use MediaPlayer.stop(), play(), seekTo() ,etc. Just bind the needed functions to a button, gesture, or event. As you can see, it also throws a lot of exceptions, which you need to catch.

  1.  public void audioPlayer(String path, String fileName){
  2.     //set up MediaPlayer    
  3.     MediaPlayer mp = new MediaPlayer();
  5.     try {
  6.         mp.setDataSource(path+"/"+fileName);
  7.     } catch (IllegalArgumentException e) {
  8.         // TODO Auto-generated catch block
  9.         e.printStackTrace();
  10.     } catch (IllegalStateException e) {

How to optimize your android app's performance

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So here's how you can optimize, analyze your current application using TraceView.
Open your Project, and after onCreate(), or anywhere you want to start Log tracing, paste the following lines:

  1. /* start tracing to "/sdcard/filename.trace" */
  2. Debug.startMethodTracing("filename");

It is very important to stop tracing after you have done debugging. To do that, place these lines before onCreate().
  1. public void onDestroy() {
  2.         // stop tracing
  3.         Debug.stopMethodTracing();
  4.     }

Now run your Project, do anything you'd like to optimize, and quit. Open up DDMS File Explorer, and download /sdcard/filename.trace to your hard disk drive.

Go to your Android SDK folder, open Tools directory, and run ./traceview filename.trace

Here's how it looks like:

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