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Pulling Down GitHub Projects to Android Studio


Continuing with the GitHub tools in Android Studio, in this video we'll see how to pull a specific project from GitHub into Android Studio.

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    So back in Android Studio one more things about Git through

  • 0:04

    that VCS menu we could also check out projects from Version Control.

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    So this if we bounce something on GitHub that we wannna

  • 0:11

    use and we wanna pull it down to our local computer, whether

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    we want to use it in an existing project or as a

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    new project, we come here to check it out on Version Control.

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    And again, we'll select GitHub and it's going to use

  • 0:25

    the same credentials, and because I just put in

  • 0:27

    my hub password, it doesn't ask for it again.

  • 0:32

    So, this is a list of all the repositories currently tied to

  • 0:35

    my bendog account, but we could also look for any other repositories.

  • 0:41

    So I'm gonna do, we have a little remnant

  • 0:43

    here, let's see how can we get out of there.

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    Maybe if I hit escape, yeah that's fine. I'm gonna look for a popular open

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    source library for Android called Picasso.

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    This is something oh, this is searching this repository.

  • 0:57

    I need to change this to all repositories and try once more.

  • 1:01


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    This is provided by Square and this is Square has

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    done some awesome work for Open Source Editor development, and

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    they if you click on Square this is the Square

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    Picasso, but if you go to their home page you

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    can see all these different libraries that are for Android applications.

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    And it's just much more efficient ways to do common tasks

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    in the background like web connections, downloading images and some other things.

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    So let's go back to Picasso, and we're going

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    to use that clone URL that we saw before,

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    and now we can just paste it in here into the Git repository URL.

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    So, the next thing we need this is the

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    parent directory where it's gonna create the new folder.

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    This is where I typically put my source control projects.

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    And then you give it a name.

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    I'll just, I set the default.

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    And if you click on Clone first I'm going to click

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    Test just to show you it shows that it can successfully connect.

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    So this just makes sure that the credentials

  • 2:00

    are in place and we have everything we need.

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    If I

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    hit Clone it's going to copy everything in.

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    And let's see.

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    This is trying to import into Let's

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    see. Actually I'm not sure what this is asking.

  • 2:17

    This is, this is adding files to Git for, the current workshop location app.

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    I'm gonna click OK and see what happens.

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    Okay check out from Version Control. And it finds the palm.xml file.

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    If you haven't seen that palm.xml is a, like a

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    project specification file for I think it's for Bay, Baybin,

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    another tool for building projects.

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    And the Picasso is loaded here as a project.

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    No files are open.

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    If I, let's see.

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    I think I need to open the Project View on the left.

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    And then I can take a look at the Picasso source code.

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    Yeah, there we go.

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    [COUGH] And here there's a Picasso sample project.

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    This is all the code that's available from GitHub.

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    And here you can see. This is anexample

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    of using different modules within an Android Studio project.

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    So this is the Picasse library, and then there's this sample app.

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    And if I run this app on.

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    Oops, didn't mean to do that. If I run this app on Genymotion.

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    Which we had closed, then, we'll be able to see

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    the sample app and that will show us just finish

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    up how they pull things from Git down into our local.

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    Alright, so we'll give Genymotion just a moment to open up.

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    There it is. And, now if we run the project

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    actually before we do that, there is a message that popped up.

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    I'm not sure what it said this time but at different times the project that

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    you pull from GitHub, it may have

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    dependencies that you don't have on your computer.

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    So in this case earlier I had, had, I didn't have the latest, I,

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    I didn't have a different version of the Android SDK that was required for Picasso.

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    So that's because, remember we have might have multiple

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    versions of the Android SDK.

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    Android Studio has its own version so I had

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    to go and update the older versions of Android through

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    Android Studio separately from my previous Android development stuff and

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    once I did that I was able to use Picasso.

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    And that's just if you are pulling projects from GitHub.

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    A lot of that will be specified in the readme file or maybe

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    a separate installation file, things like that.

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    You know, details about how to use it in your own projects.

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    Okay do I want to run all tests?

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    I don't know, I don't know what this is running.

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    There's run configurations up here.

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    And this is, this is, I haven't used this Picasso sample app, I just have

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    used the library so not sure exactly, just playing around and seeing if this works.

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    Even if it doesn't work, what were trying to show here is just how to run an

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    app, so this is actually starting its own

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    emulator, it didn't tie in Genymotion, for whatever reason.

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    So, I'm just gonna close this and we'll, we'll forget about that, because the

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    important part here was just seeing how to take code from GetHub, and pull it down.

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    This is pulled into a directory.

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    We saw, we, we had specified it was gonna go in the development folder

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    and here you can see Picasso has all the files that were available on GitHub.

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    So these three tools can really make your life

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    as an Android developer a lot easier and more rewarding.

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    Android Studio can be used for the development process, for writing the code.

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    Genymotion is a fantastic

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    emulator that you can use instead of the regular emulator.

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    And in some cases it's as good as or even better than an actual device.

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    And finally, using Git to manage your projects is a skill

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    that every developer should have in his or her tool belt.

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