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Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee
6,715 Points

How can I wait for a function to finish before continuing?


I have a function that calls an API and parses and then loads data into an array.

How can I wait for this function to finish before continuing with the rest of the code which uses the loaded data?

Best, Matt

2 Answers

Caleb Kleveter
Caleb Kleveter
Treehouse Moderator 37,862 Points

I am not very fluent in Java, so I don't know the best way to do this, but typically you use what is called a callback function. A callback is a function that is passed into another function as a parameter. Here is some basic pseudo code:

function getDataFromURL(url, callback) {
    // Get data here.
    // Pass that data into the call back function

// Use the above function
getDataFromWeb("https://teamtreehouse.com/calebkleveter.json", function(data) {
    // Use the data passed in from the callback
Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee
6,715 Points

Thanks for the input!

Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee
6,715 Points

I was stuck on this for a couple of days but I called the function (the one I wanted to run after getting data from the API) in runOnUiThread() inside the OnResponse().