What is the difference between Android's invalidate() and postInvalidate() methods?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

What is the difference between Android’s invalidate() and postInvalidate() methods? When does each one get called? Must the methods be called only in classes which extend View?

How to solve:

If you want to re-draw your view from the UI thread you can call invalidate() method.

If you want to re-draw your view from a non-UI thread you can call postInvalidate() method.

Each class which is derived from the View class has the invalidate and the postInvalidate method. If invalidate gets called it tells the system that the current view has changed and it should be redrawn as soon as possible. As this method can only be called from your UI thread another method is needed for when you are not in the UI thread and still want to notify the system that your View has been changed. The postInvalidate method notifies the system from a non-UI thread and the view gets redrawn in the next event loop on the UI thread as soon as possible. It is also shortly explained in the SDK documentation:

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UPDATE:

There are some problems that arise when using postInvalidate from other threads (like not having the UI updated right-away), this will be more efficient:

runOnUiThread(new Runnable() {
    public void run() {
    myImageView.setImageBitmap(image);
    imageView.invalidate();
    }
});

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