Day 1: How Far Does a Dollar Go?

Or, A Round-Trip to the API

Today we’ll get started by laying the groundwork for the app. We’ll create a project and then load data from the API. There’s more to this than you might think—you’ll see a few ways not to make network calls before settling on a good method. Let’s get started.

Getting Started

In the beginning, Android’s official IDE was an Eclipse plugin.[37] At the 2013 Google I/O developer conference, Android Studio was announced as the new official IDE.[38] It’s built on IntelliJ, which makes it a solid tool. I’m not always a fan of using an IDE, but there are a lot of benefits to working with a good one. Android Studio is my favorite IDE of all of the ones covered in this book.

To be able to create ...

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