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Android Build a Weather App Hooking Up the Model to the View Plugging in the Data

Andrew Stevens
Andrew Stevens
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How do I bind values from Visual Crossing?

Hi, As Dark Sky is no longer available I am using Visual Crossings API instead.

When I run the application in debugger I can see the data populates as expected, yet when I try to bind these values it throws a JSON Exception stating there are no values.

package com.shayledevops.stormy;

import androidx.annotation.NonNull;
import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import androidx.databinding.DataBindingUtil;

import android.app.AlertDialog;
import android.content.Context;
import android.net.ConnectivityManager;
import android.net.NetworkInfo;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.text.method.LinkMovementMethod;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.shayledevops.stormy.databinding.ActivityMainBinding;

import org.json.JSONException;
import org.json.JSONObject;

import java.io.IOException;

import okhttp3.Call;
import okhttp3.Callback;
import okhttp3.OkHttpClient;
import okhttp3.Request;
import okhttp3.Response;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    public static final String TAG = MainActivity.class.getSimpleName();

    private CurrentWeather currentWeather;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        ActivityMainBinding binding = DataBindingUtil.setContentView(MainActivity.this,

        TextView visualCrossing = findViewById(R.id.visualCrossingAttribution);

        String apiKey = "YA4M8AJSQCCNKMUCR9SBP8EXD";

        double latitude = 37.8267;
        double longitude = 122.4233;

        String forecastURL = "https://weather.visualcrossing.com/VisualCrossingWebServices/rest/services/timeline/"
                             + latitude + "," + longitude
                             + "?key=" + apiKey;

            OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient();

            Request request = new Request.Builder()
            Call call = client.newCall(request);
            call.enqueue(new Callback() {
                public void onFailure(@NonNull Call call, @NonNull IOException e) {


                public void onResponse(@NonNull Call call, @NonNull Response response) throws IOException {
                    try {
                        String jsonDATA = response.body().string();
                        Log.v(TAG, jsonDATA);
                        if (response.isSuccessful()){
                            currentWeather = getCurrentDetails(jsonDATA);

                            CurrentWeather displayWeather = new CurrentWeather(
                        else {
                    } catch (IOException e) {
                        Log.e(TAG, "IO Exception Caught: ", e);
                    catch (JSONException e) {
                        Log.e(TAG, "JSON Exception caught: ", e);

        Log.d(TAG, "Main UI code is running, hooray!");

    private CurrentWeather getCurrentDetails(String jsonDATA) throws JSONException {
        JSONObject forecast = new JSONObject(jsonDATA);

        String timezone = forecast.getString("timezone");
        Log.i(TAG,"From JSON: " + timezone);

        JSONObject currently = forecast.getJSONObject("currentConditions");

        CurrentWeather currentWeather = new CurrentWeather();

        currentWeather.setLocationLabel("Alcatraz Island, CA");
        // currentWeather.setPrecipChance(currently.getDouble("precipprob"));

        Log.d(TAG, currentWeather.getFormatedTime());

        return currentWeather;

    private boolean isNetworkAvailable() {
        ConnectivityManager manager = (ConnectivityManager) getSystemService(Context.CONNECTIVITY_SERVICE);
        NetworkInfo networkInfo = manager.getActiveNetworkInfo();

        boolean isAvailable = false;
        if (networkInfo != null && networkInfo.isConnected()){
            isAvailable = true;
        else {
            Toast.makeText(this, R.string.network_unavailable_message,
        return isAvailable;

    private void alertUserAboutError() {
        AlertDialogueFragment dialogue = new AlertDialogueFragment();
        dialogue.show(getSupportFragmentManager(), "error_dialog");

Any ideas as to where I'm going wrong here?

Hi - i am actually working at Visual Crossing - this looks like you have some naming mismatch - we have a document listing the 'translations' of the fields : https://www.visualcrossing.com/resources/blog/how-to-replace-the-dark-sky-api-using-the-visual-crossing-timeline-weather-api/

that should resolve your issue

Cheers - Bjoern