[Mono-bugs] [Bug 665345] New: Services: Some suggestions to improve the API and .netify it

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           Summary: Services: Some suggestions to improve the API and
                    .netify it
    Classification: Mono
           Product: MonoDroid
           Version: SVN
          Platform: Macintosh
        OS/Version: Mac OS X 10.6
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Enhancement
          Priority: P5 - None
         Component: Class Libraries
        AssignedTo: mkestner at novell.com
        ReportedBy: jondick at gmail.com
         QAContact: mono-bugs at lists.ximian.com
          Found By: ---
           Blocker: ---

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_6; en-US)
AppleWebKit/534.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/8.0.552.237 Safari/534.10

So, for services there's the concept of binding a service to an activity on
android, to get a reference to the service that you can use directly from the

It all works right now as is, but I've created a couple of simple classes that
would really make it a lot easier and less verbose to work with.

using System;
using Android.OS;
using Android.Service;
using Android.App;
using Android.Content;
using Android.Runtime;

namespace Chapter13Threading
    public class ServiceConnection<TService, TBinder> : Java.Lang.Object,
IServiceConnection where TService : Service where TBinder :
        public event Action<TService> Connected;

        public event Action Disconnected;

        public void OnServiceConnected(ComponentName className, IBinder
            if (this.Connected != null)
                this.Connected((serviceBinder as

        public void OnServiceDisconnected(ComponentName className)
            if (this.Disconnected != null)

    public class ServiceBinder<TService> : Binder where TService : Service
        TService _service;

        public ServiceBinder(TService service)
            this._service = service;

        public TService GetService()
            return _service;

So, in your service you'd create a new ServiceBinder<MyService>(); instance and
return that in your OnBind overload for your Service.  Simple.

In your Activity you'd create a new ServiceConnection<MyService,
ServiceBinder<MyService>>(); instance, and subscribe to its Connected and
Disconnected events:

myServiceConnection.Connected += delegate(MyService serviceInstance) {
    this.ServiceInstance = serviceInstance;
    this.button.Click += delegate {

myServiceConnection.Disconnected += delegate { 
    this.ServiceInstance = null;

The idea here is you get an event for when your reference to the server is
valid (after your connection is connected) at which point you can use your
reference to the service.  This is way less verbose than the way you have to do
it now, which is basically to create a class implementing IServiceConnection in
your activity, as well as a subclassing Binder in your service.  These are just
helper classes that would be optional to use, but make things a bit quicker for

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Reproducible: Always

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