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DevCycle Android SDK

The DevCycle Android Client SDK! This SDK uses our Client SDK APIs to perform all user segmentation and bucketing for the SDK, providing fast response times using our globally distributed edge workers all around the world.

The SDK is available as a package on MavenCentral. It is also open source and can be viewed on Github.

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Requirements

This version of the DevCycle Android Client SDK supports a minimum Android API Version 21.

Installation

The SDK can be installed into your Android project by adding the following to build.gradle:

implementation("com.devcycle:android-client-sdk:+")
)
info

Refer to the latest version of the SDK on maven central if you would not prefer gradle to pull the latest version automatically by using +

Usage

Initializing the SDK

We recommend initializing the SDK once in onCreate of your Application class or MainActivity to receive features as soon as possible, and to pass around the client instance around in your app.

Using the builder pattern we can initialize the DevCycle SDK by providing the applicationContext, DVCUser, and DevCycle mobile environment key:

Kotlin example:

override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {

...

val dvcClient: DVCClient = DVCClient.builder()
.withContext(applicationContext)
.withUser(
DVCUser.builder()
.withUserId("test_user")
.build()
)
.withEnvironmentKey("<DEVCYCLE_MOBILE_ENVIRONMENT_KEY>")
.build()

...
}
//NOTE: It is not recommended to hardcode SDK keys into your application.
//Consider storing keys securely and reading from secure storage.

Java example:

@Override
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

...

DVCClient dvcClient = DVCClient.builder()
.withContext(getApplicationContext())
.withUser(
DVCUser.builder()
.withUserId("test_user")
.build()
)
.withEnvironmentKey("<DEVCYCLE_MOBILE_ENVIRONMENT_KEY>")
.build();

...
}
//NOTE: It is not recommended to hardcode SDK keys into your application.
//Consider storing keys securely and reading from secure storage.

DVC Client Builder

The DVCClient can be built using the following methods:

DVCClientBuilder class

MethodParameterDescription
withContextContextApp context
withEnvironmentKeyStringDevCycle environment key
withUserDVCUserDevCycle user object
withOptionsDVCOptionsDevCycle options object
withLoggerTimber.TreeLogger override to replace default logger
withLogLevelLogLevelSet log level of the default logger. Defaults to LogLevel.ERROR

DVC User Builder

The DVC user can be built using the following methods:

DVCUser Builder class

MethodParameterDescription
withUserIdStringUnique user ID
withIsAnonymousBooleanBoolean to indicate if the user is anonymous
withEmailStringUser's email
withNameStringUser's name
withCountryStringUser's country
withCustomDataMap<String, Any>Key/value map of properties to be used for targeting
withPrivateCustomDataMap<String, Any>Key/value map of properties to be used for targeting. Private properties will not be included in event logging.

DVC Options Builder

The SDK exposes various initialization options which can be used by passing a DVCOptions object to the withOptions method of DVCClient.builder():

DVCOptions builder class

MethodParameterDefaultDescription
flushEventsIntervalMsLong10000Controls the interval between flushing events to the DevCycle servers in milliseconds, defaults to 10 seconds.
disableEventLoggingBooleanfalseDisables logging of SDK generated events (e.g. aggVariableEvaluated, aggVariableDefaulted) to DevCycle.
enableEdgeDBBooleanfalseEnables the usage of EdgeDB for DevCycle that syncs User Data to DevCycle.
configCacheTTLLong604800000The maximum allowed age of a cached config in milliseconds, defaults to 7 days
disableConfigCacheBooleanfalseDisable the use of cached configs

Notifying when DevCycle features are available

You can attach a callback on the client to determine when your features have been loaded:

Kotlin

dvcClient.onInitialized(object : DVCCallback<String> {
override fun onSuccess(result: String) {
// successfully initialized
}

override fun onError(t: Throwable) {
// there was an error
}
})

Java

dvcClient.onInitialized(new DVCCallback<String>() {
@Override
public void onSuccess(String result) {
// user configuration loaded successfully from DevCycle
}

@Override
public void onError(@NonNull Throwable t) {
// user configuration failed to load from DevCycle, default values will be used for Variables.
}
});

Using Variable Values

To get values from your Features, the variable() method is used to fetch variable values using the variable's identifier key coupled with a default value. The default value can be of type string, boolean, number, or JSONObject:

Kotlin example:

var strVariable: Variable<String> = dvcClient.variable("str_key", "default")
var boolVariable: Variable<Boolean> = dvcClient.variable("bool_key", false)
var numVariable: Variable<Number> = dvcClient.variable("num_key", 0)
var jsonVariable: Variable<JSONObject> = dvcClient.variable("json_key", JSONObject("{ \"key\": \"value\" }"))

Java example:

Variable<String> strVariable = dvcClient.variable("str_key", "default");
Variable<Boolean> boolVariable = dvcClient.variable("bool_key", false);
Variable<Number> numVariable = dvcClient.variable("num_key", 0);
Variable<JSONObject> jsonVariable = dvcClient.variable("json_key", new JSONObject().put("key", "value"));

To grab the value, there is a property on the object returned to grab the value:

Kotlin example:

if (boolVariable.value == true) {
// run feature flag code
} else {
// run default code
}

Java example:

if (boolVariable.getValue() == true) {
// run feature flag code
} else {
// run default code
}

The Variable object also contains the following params:

- `key`: the key identifier for the Variable
- `type`: the type of the Variable, one of: `String` / `Boolean` / `Number` / `JSON`
- `value`: the Variable's value
- `defaultValue`: the Variable's default value
- `isDefaulted`: if the Variable is using the `defaultValue`
- `evalReason`: evaluation reason for why the variable was bucketed into its value

If the value is not ready, it will return the default value passed in the creation of the variable.

Variable updates

Variable values update whenever identifyUser() or resetUser() are called, or when the project configuration changes (to learn more, visit our Realtime Updates page). To listen for updates, a callback can be registered using the onUpdate() method:

Kotlin example:

variable.onUpdate(object: DVCCallback<Variable<String>> {
override fun onSuccess(result: Variable<String>) {
// use the new value
}

override fun onError(t: Throwable) {
// optionally handle the error, the previous value will still be used
}
})

Java example:

variable.onUpdate(new DVCCallback<Variable<String>>() {
@Override
public void onSuccess(Variable<String> result) {
// use the new value
}

@Override
public void onError(@NonNull Throwable t) {
// optionally handle the error, the previous value will still be used
}
});

Get All Features

To grab all the Features returned in the config:

Kotlin

var features: Map<String, Feature>? = dvcClient.allFeatures()

Java

Map<String, Feature<Object>> variables = dvcClient.allFeatures();

If the SDK has not finished initializing, these methods will return an empty Map.

Get All Variables

To get all the Variables returned in the config:

Kotlin

var variables: Map<String, Variable<Any>>? = dvcClient.allVariables()

Java

Map<String, Variable<Object>> variables = dvcClient.allVariables();

If the SDK has not finished initializing, these methods will return an empty Map.

Identifying User

To identify a different user, or the same user passed into the initialize method with more attributes, build a DVCUser object and pass it into identifyUser:

Note: If you do not have a user ID, you can use any string at all.

Kotlin example:

var user = DVCUser.builder()
.withUserId("test_user")
.withEmail("[email protected]")
.withCustomData(mapOf("custom_key" to "value"))
.build()
dvcClient.identifyUser(user)

Java example:

DVCUser user = DVCUser.builder()
.withUserId("test_user")
.withEmail("[email protected]")
.withCustomData(Collections.singletonMap("custom_key", "value"))
.build();
dvcClient.identifyUser(user);

To wait on Variables that will be returned from the identify call, you can pass in a DVCCallback:

Kotlin example:

dvcClient.identifyUser(user, object: DVCCallback<Map<String, Variable<Any>>> {
override fun onSuccess(result: Map<String, Variable<Any>>) {
// new user configuration loaded successfully from DevCycle
}

override fun onError(t: Throwable) {
// user configuration failed to load from DevCycle, existing user's data will persist.
}
})

Java example:

dvcClient.identifyUser(user, new DVCCallback<Map<String, Variable<Object>>>() {
@Override
public void onSuccess(Map<String, Variable<Object>> result) {
// new user configuration loaded successfully from DevCycle
}

@Override
public void onError(@NonNull Throwable t) {
// user configuration failed to load from DevCycle, existing user's data will persist.
}
})

If onError is called the user's configuration will not be updated and previous user's data will persist.

Reset User

Calling resetUser will create a new user with an anonymous user_id and then identify as that user.

dvcClient.resetUser()

Kotlin example:

To wait on the Features of the anonymous user, you can pass in a DVCCallback:

dvcClient.resetUser(object : DVCCallback<Map<String, Variable<Any>>> {
override fun onSuccess(result: Map<String, Variable<Any>>) {
// anonymous user configuration loaded successfully from DevCycle
}

override fun onError(t: Throwable) {
// user configuration failed to load from DevCycle, existing user's data will persist.
}
})

Java example:

dvcClient.resetUser(new DVCCallback<Map<String, Variable<Object>>>() {
@Override
public void onSuccess(Map<String, Variable<Object>> result) {
// anonymous user configuration loaded successfully from DevCycle
}

@Override
public void onError(@NonNull Throwable t) {
// user configuration failed to load from DevCycle, existing user's data will persist.
}
});

If onError is called the user's configuration will not be updated and the previous user's data will persist.

Tracking Events

To send events to DevCycle for metrics purposes, build an event object and then call "track". Note that these events will be periodically queued to be flushed to the DevCycle servers.

Kotlin example:

var event = DVCEvent.builder()
.withType("custom_event_type") //Only Required
.withTarget("custom_event_target")
.withValue(BigDecimal(10.0))
.withMetaData(mapOf("custom_key" to "value"))
.build()
dvcClient.track(event)

Java example:

DVCEvent event = DVCEvent.builder()
.withType("custom_event_type") //Only Required Field
.withTarget("custom_event_target")
.withValue(BigDecimal.valueOf(10.00))
.withMetaData(Collections.singletonMap("test", "value"))
.build();
dvcClient.track(event);

The SDK will flush events every 10s or flushEventsMS specified in the options.

Manually Flushing Events

To manually flush events, call:

dvcClient.flushEvents()

A callback can be passed to this method to be notified when the method has completed:

Kotlin example:

dvcClient.flushEvents(object: DVCCallback<String> {
override fun onSuccess(result: String) {
// The queue was successfully flushed
}

override fun onError(t: Throwable) {
// The queue could not be flushed and a non-recoverable error was thrown
}
})

Java example:

dvcClient.flushEvents(new DVCCallback<String>() {
@Override
public void onSuccess(String result) {
// The queue was successfully flushed
}

@Override
public void onError(@NonNull Throwable t) {
// The queue could not be flushed and a non-recoverable error was thrown
}
});

EdgeDB

EdgeDB allows you to save user data to our EdgeDB storage so that you don't have to pass in all the user data every time you identify a user. Read more about EdgeDB.

To get started, contact us at [email protected] to enable EdgeDB for your project.

Once you have EdgeDB enabled in your project, pass in the enableEdgeDB option to turn on EdgeDB mode for the SDK:

Kotlin example:

var user: DVCUser = DVCUser.builder()
.withUserId("test_user")
.withCustomData(mapOf("amountSpent" to 12.23))
.build()

let options: DVCOptions = DVCOptions.builder()
.enableEdgeDB(true)
.build()

Java example:

DVCUser user = DVCUser.builder()
.withUserId("test_user")
.withCustomData(Collections.singletonMap("amountSpent", 12.23))
.build();

DVCOptions options = DVCOptions.builder()
.enableEdgeDB(true)
.build();

This will send a request to our EdgeDB API to save the custom data under the user test_user.

In the example, amountSpent is associated to the user test_user. In your next identify call for the same userId, you may omit any of the data you've sent already as it will be pulled from the EdgeDB storage when segmenting to experiments and features.