teaching machines

Web API :: Matthew Mitchell

December 7, 2012 by . Filed under cs491 mobile, fall 2012, postmortems.

With the exception of the final Sphero project, I am finally DONE with coding for Android. It’s been sweet, and I’ve learned a lot, but the biggest thing I’ve taken away from the class is how mobile applications work differently than desktop applications. You’re much more at the mercy of the SDK.

So, nothing against Android…everything against Eclipse. I think Apple has done a better job putting together a unified approach to iOS development than Google has to Android. Whatever. TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

My app goes and gets JSON results from UrbanDictionary queries. I learned:

There are 2 problems with my app that I wish I had time to investigate further, but, it fulfills the assignment criteria (in my opinion, Dr. Johnson will of course have the final say in that) so I’ve just gotta get the sucker in. The issues:

Finally, a last tweak I’d like to make is to just automatically load the JSON results without hitting “Execute”


So: Directions:

And, screenshots: