Android: determining the current context to display an alert

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I am calling the ZXing scanner from Screen-A using Intents. Once the scan is done, control returns, of course, to the code behind Screen-A and I do some other work before calling Screen-B.

Problem is: the screen is black during this work period and I cannot determine the proper context to use to display a "working…" Toast/msgbox. Any help or suggestions?

Best Solution

Execute your "work period" in it's own thread, while that thread works in the background Android will pass control to Screen-A which will can display a ProgressBar. The "work period" thread will pass Messages to Screen-A updating the value of a variable that measures progress. Here's a good place to start with Android threads:

http://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/faq/commontasks.html#threading