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Android Threads and Services Threads in Android Handle it!

A. L. Schreyer
A. L. Schreyer
1,354 Points

message.obj doesn't exist?

I keep getting the error that the compiler does not recognize message.obj in the following code:

String helloWorld = "Hello World"; Message message = Message.obtain(); message.obj = helloWorld; thread.mHandler.sendMessage(message);

Message.obj is defined in the Android documentation and I did everything the same way they did it in the video, so why is it saying it doesn't exist?

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
  Button button;
  TwitterClient twitterClient = new TwitterClient();

  public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    final TwitterThread twitterThread = new TwitterThread();

    button = (Button) findViewById(R.id.update_button);
    button.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
      public void onClick(View v){
        String hello = "hello";
        Message message = Message.obtain();
        message.obj = hello;

  class TwitterThread extends Thread {
    TwitterHandler mHandler = new TwitterHandler();
    public void run() {

  class TwitterHandler extends Handler {
    public void handleMessage(Message msg){

2 Answers

Hi A. L.,

The problem with your code is that it doesn't do what the Challenge asks for. The Challenge doesn't want you to assign a string to message.obj, it just wants you to send off a message. Additionally, the Challenge is asking for you to assign mHandler inside the run function.

Hope that helps!

A. L. Schreyer
A. L. Schreyer
1,354 Points

The wording of the problem should be more clear because I thought the message was supposed to actually say something.

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