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Introducing OkHttp5:25 with Ken Alger
There are lots of ways to work with the web in Android. One of the easiest and most robust is a 3rd party library called OkHttp.
As one might expect, 0:00 there are many different ways to interact with the web in Android. 0:01 The Android ASDK has some APIs that we can use. 0:05 Also, because it's such a common task, 0:09 many different third party solutions are available. 0:12 By third party solutions, I mean solutions written by developers 0:15 that are not part of the Android ASDK itself. 0:19 Why would someone write their own API? 0:22 Well, the reason there are so many third party solutions is that working 0:26 with HTTP and WebRequest can be a little painful with the Android APIs. 0:30 For many situations, the solutions provided in the Android SDK are great. 0:36 Sometimes, however, better solutions are available. 0:42 We can think of third-party libraries like upgrades to a bicycle. 0:46 I'm sure that your last bicycle came with, for example, a fully functioning seat. 0:50 However, you might have found it to be slightly uncomfortable to use for 0:56 a long period of time. 1:00 Using a third party seat can help make the experience much more comfortable. 1:02 I'm here to help you become a great Android developer. 1:06 Sometimes, that means using third party libraries to make 1:10 our development experience more comfortable than it would be when strictly 1:13 adhering to the official SDK. 1:16 How does one get started when doing something new in programming? 1:19 A great first step is to check for resources and see what's available and 1:23 recommended. 1:27 Now, I know you didn't come here to watch me Google things. 1:28 You want to learn how to be a developer. 1:31 Well, here's a secret, okay? 1:34 Don't tell anyone. 1:37 Developers use Google all the time. 1:38 Using the web to help solve problems allows you to avoid common pitfalls and 1:42 to reuse solutions from other developers. 1:47 But what do we need to search for? 1:51 Let's start at the Android developers site. 1:52 Go over here to Develop and guides. 1:56 Scroll down a little ways until we find Connectivity. 2:02 So Connectivity's what we're looking for. 2:07 Well, there's not a ton of great information here on the developer site for 2:09 HTTP connectivity. 2:14 I know there has to be some great solutions available. 2:17 Let's head back over to Google and 2:20 search for the best Android HTTP library. 2:24 We get our results here with the better options at the top of the page. 2:30 When doing these searches, pay attention to dates on the articles. 2:34 Things in Android, and technology in general, change quickly. 2:38 So something from 2015 may be outdated or unsupported. 2:42 We can restrict our search to a specified date range. 2:47 Go to Tools. 2:50 Here, where it says Any time, choose within the past year. 2:52 We see that there is a mention of a few different libraries. 2:58 Now, here's a great tip for searching to compare items. 3:01 This works for almost everything when investigating different products. 3:05 Search for it's name plus these two magic letters, VS for versus. 3:09 Let's search for Android Volley. 3:14 Android volley versus, auto-complete in the search bar shows some common 3:20 libraries that are compared to one another. 3:25 Now, I know from past experience that this library here, 3:28 okayhttp, is very easy to work with. 3:32 And it's what we'll use for our storming app. 3:36 Now, you might be thinking this is great, Ken. 3:38 You've been here before, so this is going super smoothly. 3:41 You're right. 3:45 Sometimes research can be super frustrating and 3:46 take up way more time than you thought. 3:48 Trust me, though, researching options is helpful and makes you a better developer. 3:51 Let's Google okhttp library. 3:56 We'll see that we can get it from GitHub. 4:07 This library is provided by the company Square, 4:13 which has contributed many different libraries to Android development. 4:16 It's under active development, and if we scroll down a bit to view the Read Me 4:21 section, we see some information about how to use the project. 4:25 An important spot to check when looking at third party libraries is for the license. 4:31 OkHTTP is released under the Apache license, 4:41 which means it is open source and free for us to use. 4:44 Okay, I know you're taking this course to learn how to be a developer. 4:48 And I'm saying to use code from someone else. 4:52 Isn't that cheating? 4:55 Not at all. 4:56 Making use of third party solutions 4:57 is a great way to be a more productive developer. 5:00 Popular libraries such as these are well tested. 5:04 Look around in this repository a bit to see how much code it takes to get 5:07 HTTP connectivity working properly. 5:11 It's a great option to use. 5:14 Back in the readme file, 5:16 it shows us how to include OkHttp in our Stormy project with Gradle. 5:17 Let's see how to do that after a short break. 5:23
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