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Programming language: Java
Tags: Network    
Latest version: v1.4.14

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Overview Build Status on Travis: Maven Central

RoboSpice is a modular android library that makes writing asynchronous network requests easy !

To learn more about RoboSpice in 30 seconds, try this infographics.

If you want to start using RoboSpice right now, jump to the Wiki or the samples.

The Wiki has a fully detailed section to quickly setup you up whether you use Gradle, Maven or ant/eclipse.

Main features of RoboSpice

  • supports Android starting from SDK version 8 (Froyo / 2.2.x)
  • executes network requests asynchronously (in a background AndroidService)
  • supports REST out of the box (using Spring Android or Google Http Client or Retrofit).
  • is strongly typed ! You query webservices using POJOs as parameters and you get POJOs as request results.
  • enforces no constraints neither on POJOs used for requests nor on Activity classes you use in your projects
  • caches results in Json with both Jackson or Jackson2 or Gson, or Xml, or flat text files, or binary files, even using ORM Lite (still in beta)
  • notifies your activities (or any other context) of the result of the network request with respect to their lifecycles.
  • notifies your activities (or any other context) on the UI Thread
  • no memory leaks at all, like Android Loaders, unlike Android AsyncTasks
  • uses a simple but robust exception handling model
  • supports multi-threading of request executions
  • is stable, efficient and designed to respect Android philosophy
  • supports request cancelling, request priorization and requests aggregation
  • supports aggregation of different web services
  • is a full featured replacement for long running AsyncTasks even if they are not related to networking.
  • is open source ;)
  • and tested (more than 200 tests)

RoboSpice is under Quality control on Sonar's Nemo instance. Thanks to Sonar Source.

To learn more about RoboSpice

To learn more, look at the presentation slides we created for DroidCon UK 2012, they are available in the download section.

A few links :

Example code & demo

The RoboSpice team proposes a lot of sample applications in their own GitHub repo.

We also propose a few demo :

A project initiated by Octo Technology

Octo Technology logo

RoboSpice has been incubated at Octo Technology, a french company based in Paris, focused on software design and quality. It offers its employees to work part time on Research & Development projects. RoboSpice was one of them.

RoboSpice is the news

RoboSpice has been featured in

RoboSpice has been presented at :

RoboSpice video at DroidConLondon

Robospice presentation by David Stemmer


Copyright (C) 2012 Octo Technology (http://www.octo.com)

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Alternatives to RoboSpice

Projects related to RoboSpice

  • Blandware Android AtLeap Core is a library accelerating development. It contains universal Content Provider (for SQLite, ORMLite), Drawer, Account Authenticator, etc. AtLeap Sample is a good example of RoboSpice, Retrofit, ORMLite, Picasso integration.
  • SpiceAnnotations : using RoboSpice and Android Annotations by Daniel Dekanski. Also read his blog post.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the robospice README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.