Consider that you might want to just actually use the real Twitter instead of reinventing the wheel. That said, sometimes it can be useful to get assets from Twitter.com to display in your app, as they pertain to your app.
In Android, you can launch Twitter with one line of Code:
startActivity(new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, Uri.parse("http://www.twitter.com"));
You can also share content with about just as many lines, by using an
ACTION_SEND. Anyway, if you need to do something deeper, you have to leverage the Twitter API directly.
Download this: http://twitter4j.org/en/twitter4j-android-2.2.5.zip. Extract the core jar, and put it in the
libs directory of your android project.
You need to do this to placate their OAuth nonsense. Visit https://dev.twitter.com/apps/new.
res/values/strings.xml, add the lines:
<string name="twitter_oauth_key">PUT YOUR CONSUMER KEY HERE</string> <string name="twitter_oauth_secret">PUT YOUR CONSUMER SECRET HERE</string>
Note: Here we take a No-BS approach to the OAuth stuff. (In figuring out how to do this, there are a lot of posts on the internet you have to sort through that don’t.) One solution for hiding your OAuth secret is to keep it on a server and proxy your requests to Twitter through that host. Needless to say, that’s not covered here.
ConfigurationBuilder cb = new ConfigurationBuilder(); String key = getApplicationContext().getString(R.string.twitter_oauth_key); String secret = getApplicationContext().getString(R.string.twitter_oauth_secret); cb.setOAuthConsumerKey(key); cb.setOAuthConsumerSecret(secret); Twitter twitter = TwitterFactory(cb.build()).getInstance();
And that’s basically it. Now you you can get info from twitter using the Twitter object. For example, here’s how to get a list of tweets about Potatos.
List<Tweet> tweets = twitter.search(new Query("Potatos")).getTweets();
I have created an example app that shows the above. Check it out on Github: https://github.com/jamesonwilliams/AndroidTwitterExample
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