Querying external APIs and consuming JSON
So far, we have learnt how to provide the user with a dummy JSON array of repositories in response to a request to
/api/repos/:username. In this section, we will replace the dummy data with the user's actual repositories, dowloaded from GitHub.
In Chapter 7, Web APIs, we learned how to query the GitHub API using Scala's
Source.fromURL method and
scalaj-http. It should come as no surprise that the Play framework implements its own library for interacting with external web services.
Let's edit the
Api controller to fetch information about a user's repositories from GitHub, rather than using dummy data. When called with a username as argument, the controller will:
- Send a GET request to the GitHub API for that ...