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Mobile databases: SQLite and SQLite alternatives for Android and iOS

UPDATED 2020. At Droidcon Berlin, we noticed a lot of questions around databases. Many people weren’t aware of SQLite alternatives and Object-Relational Mappers (ORMs). Therefore, we follow up with an overview of the mobile database landscape.

What is a mobile database?

While Wikipedia defines a mobile database as “either a stationary database that can be connected to by a mobile computing device […] over a mobile network, or a database which is actually stored by the mobile device,” we solely refer to databases that run on the mobile device itself.

Why use a mobile database?

There are some advantages associated with using a mobile database:

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EventBus 3.2 with incremental annotation processing

EventBus 3.2.0 is now available on Maven Central. In 2020, seven years since version 1.0, EventBus is still one of the most used Android libraries. This update addresses advancements in the Gradle build system and supporting Android libraries.

EventBus 3.2 adds incremental processing to the EventBus annotation processor. This can greatly reduce build times – if all involved annotation processors play along (e.g. ObjectBox is getting there too).

The EventBus annotation processor is used when building EventBus with a subscriber index. This is now recommended for all Android apps. It improves run time performance and avoids crashes by looking up subscriber methods via reflection.

EventBus 3.2 also improves support for JetPack/AndroidX. When looking for @Subscribe methods, it now ignores all base classes from the androidx package and its subpackages, e.g. AppCompatActivity (from androidx.appcompat.app) or Fragment (from androidx.fragment.app). Before 3.2, those classes were scanned using reflection, regardless if a subscriber index was available or not.

Those two changes make EventBus faster and more resilient and we hope you consider making this update soon.

The EventBus library is free open source software. If you like it, we appreciate a star on GitHub, a tweet, or any feedback to us. If you use EventBus in a cool app that is a great showcase for its usefulness, we would love to share a case study with our community. Please get in touch.

EventBus 3.1 with plain Java support

With over 25% of the top Android apps using it, EventBus is more popular than ever before. So we’re very happy to announce EventBus 3.1 today. Starting with this release, EventBus works with plain Java (non-Android) projects. This has two major benefits: Firstly, it opens up EventBus for all Java developers and makes it usable for server and desktop applications. Secondly, it allows Android developers to use EventBus in local unit tests. Before, you had to use instrumentation tests which are slow and require a device. In contrast to this, plain Java unit tests are blazingly fast as they run directly on your desktop machine.
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ObjectBox is a Techstars’17 company

We just joined Techstars London with our Mobile Database ObjectBox. We’re really happy to be part of Techstars and to have the opportunity to learn so much. If you’re interested in learning more about that, we will post regular updates on our Techstars’ journey on our ObjectBox Blog. We already posted on our first days at Techstars and how we got into Techstars. Thanks to everyone who helped us on our journey so far, but especially our developer community on github. We could never have done any of our projects without you and we appreciate your feedback and support a lot! Please feel free to ping us with any questions you may have.

ObjectBox 0.9.10 – getting closer to 1.0

Do you know our new super fast mobile database ObjectBox yet? With versions 0.9.9 and the just released 0.9.10, ObjectBox made great progress to stabilize features for the 1.0 release. With an increasing number of apps using ObjectBox, we were able to spot and fix some less obvious issues. We believe that ObjectBox 0.9.10 is the most stable release ever. If you did not dare to check out the beta version yet: now is a good time to have a closer look.

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greenDAO 3.2.2 Bugfix Release

This week we released greenDAO 3.2.2 with a couple of bug fixes. We want to highlight better interoperability with the Android Gradle plugin. With each new release of Android Gradle plugin, there have been conflicts with greenDAO plugin as both use “JDT”, a library to parse and manipulate Java Sources. To solve those conflicts once and for all, we now ship the greenDAO plugin with a repackaged version of JDT. Thus we are independent of other tools and can use the latest JDT versions. For best developer experience, we recommend everybody to update to greenDAO 3.2.2.