A Brief History of Memory Leaks

Amanda Hinchman-Dominguez

Memory and threading in is some of the most difficult and complicated topics in Android. This talk introduces what memory leaks are, and why they’re so hard to find. Taken from excerpts of the newly published O'Reilly book "Programming Android with Kotlin: Achieving Structure Concurrency with Coroutines", this talk take a light-hearted approach at some of the colorful developments Android has gone through the years.

From “Why did AsyncTask get deprecated?” to resource leaks in background threads, we look at memory leaks in Android as we’ve uncovered them through the years. To understand quirks of memory leaks in Android, join us for some historical context, a little empathy, and a kinder view of open-source development.