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Android Android Lists and Adapters (2015) Updating the Data Model Using JSONArray

JSON Title

Hi Steve, hope you've been well. I'm trying to print JSON data specifically title. I don't understand what I'm getting wrong. Steve Hunter

CodeChallenge.java
// JSONObject 'jsonData' was loaded from data.json
JSONArray jsonShows = jsonData.getJSONArray("shows");

for (int i = 0; i < jsonShows.length(); i++) {
  JSONObject jsonData = jsonShows.getJSONObject(i);

  Log.i("CodeChallenge", "title");
}
data.json
{
    "name":"Netflix Playlist",
    "shows":[
        {
            "title":"Doctor Who",
            "season":8,
            "episode":3
        },
        {
            "title":"Arrow",
            "season":1,
            "episode":10
        },
        {
            "title":"Portlandia",
            "season":4,
            "episode":5
        }
    ]
}

Not sure .... not got time to look today, either. SOrry. I got as far as this:

JSONArray jsonShows = jsonData.getJSONArray("shows");
for (int i = 0; i < jsonShows.length(); i++) {
  // JSONObject jsonData = jsonShows.getJSONObject(i);
  String title = jsonShows.getJSONObject(i).toString();
  Log.i("CodeChallenge", title);
}

So, I pulled the data out inside the loop and converted it to a string then put this in the Log.i. The chellenge isn't getting the output it expects. I don't know what it expects, though!

I'll have a look later/tomorrow.

Steve.

5 Answers

Sorry - I was being dim.

You need to access the JSONObject with the key "title" to bring back the required output. The getString method will do that for you. So, create the JSONObject, as you have done. then call getString on that in your output Log and pass in the key of 'title'.

That gives you:

JSONArray jsonShows = jsonData.getJSONArray("shows");
for (int i = 0; i < jsonShows.length(); i++) {
  JSONObject title = jsonShows.getJSONObject(i);
  Log.i("CodeChallenge", title.getString("title"));
}

Steve.

Hi Steve

The mind never swithces off hey. You were being dim? I am totally useless, I can't even be a bad example. LoL

I think I get what you're saying. The Log.i() method takes a string and an int as input. So I can't use "title" as it is because its a string not an int. As i is incrementing from 0 to 2, it takes the value of the array element from "title" starting with Dr Who then Arrow then finally Portlandia. I don't know, let me not confuse myself.

Many thanks for the help.

Oh, I am looking for good Java exercise material. I have good ebooks and all but I can't seem to find good exams. Right now I can't afford to pay for Java tests. I am still far away from even thinking about Java certification and all, though that is something I will do later.

If you know where I can find good exercises for practise send me the link(s).

May the force also be with your dog ;)

For learning resources, have you tried Lynda or Udemy? There may be something useful there.

As for the solution, you start wth a big chunk of JSON which has a name and then aa array of dictionary objects. Your loop starts with a counter at zero (the first element of an array) and goes on until it reaches the length of the array and stops. At each iteration, you access the 'title' element which will return the value of the title, as you say, Doctor Who, Arrow then Portlandia.

Dog appreciates the force; although I do have 5 dogs but I know which one you mean. :wink:

Oh wow, 5 dogs.

I have three dogs, a cat, rabbits and roaches. LoL. Thanks for the links, will definitely check them out.

Full roster:

5 x dogs 2 x parrots 4 x guinea pigs 12 x chickens

In the garden/field we have lots of wild deer & rabbits, pheasants, grouse & partridge as well as buzzards, kestrels, barn owls, marsh harriers, sparrowhawks.

My hands are held up high! Hahaha. I wouldn't mind some pheasants or grouse . . . . . . . . . . in a pie.

I have the gun to do that; lots of pies!