October 29, 2013
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Recently, I’ve been looking into ways of playing video streams on Android. Fortunately, with it’s VideoView you can play any video clip easily no matter where the actual file is. All you need is to provide a URL to the video file. With VideoView I managed to play the video even on my friend’s old HTC Desire S with its antient Android 2.3.5! At the end of the article you will find a link to a good article on how to play video in Android using VideoView component.
But soon I found out that I couldn’t play a youtube or vimeo video clip simply because I didn’t have a direct link to the video stream. Unfortunately, for some security reasons Vimeo.com doesn’t provide a download links. But if the video can be shown on the website, it can be downloaded. There’s always a way to do it.
On the internet, there were a lot of discussions about this and I found a solution (for PHP language) to my problem on StackOverflow. I implemented it, but a couple of days ago it suddenly stopped working. Turned out that Vimeo changed the markup of the page and old solutions became not applicable anymore.
I did some investigation into the new Vimeo.com markup and came up with the following solution. Read more of this post
March 25, 2013
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In one of my previous posts I told you that I started learning how to code for Android, and created my first Android app. But most of mobile apps are useless when they do not exploit the advantages of the Internet. That is why in order to create a good application you should know how to use the power of the Internet in your app.
There are different ways of how your application is interacting with the Internet and its resources, for instance an app can download data, connect to remote databases, but the most popular way of interaction is RESTful services (in the development of mobile apps). It just works more effectively than SOAP when the bandwidth is limited.
In this article I’ll show briefly how to create a client for a RESTful service in Android (this should also work in any device supporting Java). Read more of this post