Sample application


This sample application aims at illustrating the port of the Restlet API on the Google Android platform.


The developed application uses the software architecture illustrated below. On the upper left side, you have an enhanced Android contacts application that can recognize the friends of your contacts. For this, you need to enter the URI of the FOAF profile of your contacts in the “Note” field. In the future, a specific “FOAF” field will be added and this URI could also be guessed or provided via alternative means.

This FOAF URI entered can be either local (our case for testing reasons and to illustrate server-side Restlet support) or remote to use your mobile Web access if available. When run, the enhanced contacts applications lists the current contacts registered in the address book. For those who provide a FOAF URI, a click on their entry in the list invokes the FOAF service illustrated below. This service is built on top of Restlet and its recently added RDF extension. It retrieves the FOAF representation, parses it and displays the friends of your contact in the GUI. The user can then add some of those friends as new local contacts.

For testing purpose, we run a local HTTP server with Restlet that can server FOAF profiles (in the RDF/N-Triples media type) at those URIs:

  • http://localhost/users/1
  • http://localhost/users/2


List of currently registered contacts in the Android’s address book

List of friends of the selected contact

A new contact has been added


“FOAF” Service

Declaration of the service (AndroidManifest.xml):

<service android:name=".service.ContactService" android:exported="true" android:enabled="true">
        <action android:name="" />

Declaration of the IPC (inter process communication) interface (org/restlet/example/android/service/IContactService.aidl)


    interface IContactService {
        List getFriends(String foafUri);

### Implementation of the FoafContact class

This class, referenced in the IPC interface description file, must
implement the Parcelable java interface.

public class FoafContact implements Parcelable {
     * Used to de-serialize a stream into a FoafContact.
    public static final Parcelable.Creator CREATOR = new Parcelable.Creator() {
        public FoafContact createFromParcel(Parcel in) {
            return new FoafContact(in);

        public FoafContact[] newArray(int size) {
            return new FoafContact[size];

    /** First name of the contact. */
    private String firstName;

    /** FOAF URI of the contact. */
    private String foafUri;

    /** Image representation of the contact. */
    private String image;

    /** Last name of the user. */
    private String lastName;

    /** Phone number of the user. */
    private String phone;

    public FoafContact() {

    private FoafContact(Parcel in) {
        firstName = in.readString();
        lastName = in.readString();
        phone = in.readString();

    public int describeContents() {
        return 0;

    [ getters/setters ]
    public void writeToParcel(Parcel dest, int flags) {

### Implementation of the service (

Basically, the service consists in getting the FOAF profile according to
its URI, then parsing this RDF document (in this case, it is generated
in N-Triples format), and retrieving the list of friends declared in
this FOAF profile.

ClientResource foafProfile = new ClientResource(foafUri);
Representation rep = foafProfile.get();
if (foafProfile.getStatus().isSuccess()) {
    FoafRepresentation foafRep = new FoafRepresentation(rep);
    return foafRep.getFriends();
## Contact activity This activity is in charge to display the list of friends of a contact (assuming it has a correct foaf URI, in the "Note" field of the address book). It calls the "FOAF" service. ### Declaration of the activity (AndroidManifest.xml)
<activity android:name=".ContactActivity" android:label="@string/contact">
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
    <action android:name="" />
### Declaration of its layout (res/layout/contact.xml)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    <ListView android:id="@android:id/list" android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:layout_weight="1"
            android:drawSelectorOnTop="false" style="@style/contacts_list" />
    <TextView android:id="@+id/empty" android:layout_width="fill_parent"
            android:layout_height="fill_parent" style="@style/empty" android:text="" />
    <ImageView android:id="@+id/imagefoaf" android:src="@drawable/restletandroid"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:adjustViewBounds="true" />
### Implementation ( Connection to the remote service. Refreshes the list of friends of the current contact.
private ServiceConnection connection = new ServiceConnection() {
    public void onServiceConnected(ComponentName name, IBinder service) {
        contactService = IContactService.Stub.asInterface(service);
        // Once connected, then update the interface
    public void onServiceDisconnected(ComponentName name) {
        contactService = null;
Load the list of friends of the current contact, from its foaf profile. It simply calls the contactService method "getFriends(String)".
private void loadFriends() {
    if (contactService != null) {
        try {
            List list = contactService.getFriends(;
            this.friends = new ArrayList();
            for (int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++) {
                Contact contact = new Contact();
        } catch (RemoteException e) {
            Log.e("contactFoaf", "error", e);

Used to unbind the service.

protected void onPause() {
    if (contactService != null) {
Used to bind the service, when the activity starts.
protected void onStart() {
    if (contactService == null) {
        bindService(new Intent(
                connection, Context.BIND_AUTO_CREATE);