Making the Complex Simple

In my last post we went over OAuth in general and we looked at how to use a Java library called Leeloo to authenticate with a service providing an OAuth 2 implementation.

Now that we are able to authenticate a service with OAuth, we need to be able to actually use that service to do something useful.

Many popular web service APIs like Facebook and Twitter provide a REST based implementation.

In this post I’ll show you how to easily connect to one of these web services from Android and parse any responses you get back.


Should I use a REST library?

This is a valid question we should address before getting into the details.

My answer to this question is basically “no.”

I first tried the approach of using a REST library to make it easier to communicate to a REST based web service, but quickly found the overhead…

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