dinsdag 20 augustus 2013

Forecast weather API android lib

I used to call the google weather API within several Android apps. Until Google once decided to shut that service down. Since then I have been looking around for an alternative.

I finally found a great service hosted by forecast. They have a visually attractive presentation on their homepage. But what's more important is that their pricing model is also nice. You get 1000 free API calls a day. If you want more you get to pay.

Anyway, I decided to subscribe for that service. In return you get an API key. Next I created a simple library project to parse the result.

What it does is a background http get (using the default httpClient) with the parameters you provided with the builder. The json response is then parsed using gson. A quick example:

    double latitude = 37.8267;
    double longitude = -122.423;

    ForecastCallBuilder builder = ForecastCallBuilder.getInstance();
    ResponseListener listener = new ResponseListener() {

        public void handleResponse(HttpServiceOutput result) {
            if( result == null || result.getException() != null ){
                Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Failed to fetch data!", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            else {
                // you should check for nullpointers on the forecast data before display
                Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Summary: " + result.getForecastResponse().getCurrently()
                            .getSummary(), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

        public void preExecution() {
            Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Fetching forecast data now...", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void postExecution() {
            // here you cold inform about call being done


For more information visit the project at https://github.com/hanscappelle/android-forecast-lib.
Forecast developer documentation is available at https://developer.forecast.io/docs/v2.

maandag 19 augustus 2013

ActionBarCompat and NavigationDrawer example

I finally found some time to get the recently released support version of the Android ActionBar implemented. Also known as ActionBar Compat, with support back to Android 2.1 or api level 7.

This will soon be used in my phototools application to replace the ActionBarSherlock and SlidingMenu. For the sliding menu we can now use the official navigation drawer pattern.

First thing I noticed was that the navigation drawer example only goes back to level 14. So here is my github project to fix that. This is a first draft. Some style attributes were replaced with fixed dimensions to get this example running on 2.1.

Check the readme for more instructions. Don't forget to get the support library reference fixed.

Vote if you want a tutorial.