Chapter 14: Java Collections, the Stack, the Heap, and the Garbage Collector
In this chapter, we will make a good start with the next project, an authentic-looking clone of the classic Snake game.
It is also time that we understood a little better what is going on underneath the Android hood. We constantly refer to "references," but what exactly is a reference and how does it affect how we build games?
We will cover the following topics in this chapter:
- Managing memory with the stack, the heap, and the garbage collector
- An introduction to the Snake game
- Getting started with the Snake game project
Let's start with the theory part.
Managing and understanding memory
In Chapter 4, Structuring Code with Java Methods, we learned a bit about references. ...