Understanding Android Naming Conventions

Recently I’ve spent time trying to answer questions from students and Stack Overflow users. I have found many questions about what to put in an Activity, how to get access to a Context when you need one, how to do some async thing on the UI thread, why use Fragments, etc. Each question is basically “how do I do this thing that Android makes difficult?”.

Inevitably most answers by others provide hacky solutions that, while they technically work, should be ignored. These questions represent a fundamental misunderstanding about one or more class within the Android framework. The right answer to these questions is usually “you’re misunderstanding what this class is used for so you shouldn’t be doing this thing in the first place.”

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Communication

After writing this post, I re-read it and I realized that I sounded like I was up my own ass with self-importance. But I assure you that I don’t have these rules for myself. If it was up to me I wouldn’t talk to most people. I’d build awesome things by myself, for myself. I have these rules so that I can do awesome things with you and for you. Help me help you.

I’m always refining how I communicate with people, and how I ask others to communicate with me. Here’s where I am at the moment:
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