RxJava is a beast to learn, but it can be useful in just about any type of Android app. Today, let’s get started with RxJava basics, and how we can use it to build a simple app.
Next, we need to add the dependencies to Gradle. RxJava is a library that exists on the internet, and Android Studio uses Gradle to download libraries that we can use in our app. Open build.gradle (Module: app) and add the following lines to the bottom of dependencies. (Click here for the complete build.gradle file.)
implementation 'io.reactivex.rxjava2:rxandroid:2.1.0' implementation 'io.reactivex.rxjava2:rxjava:2.2.2'
MainActivity.kt and add the following line in the
Now open Logcat in Android Studio and you should see the names above (Daniel, Mel, Nathan, etc.). That’s the basics. In real life, the names can come from a database in the cloud. It could be hosted on Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services.
Let’s work with this further. Modify
MainActivity.kt to the following:
So what’s going on here? First, we set up a basic
Observable.just. Next, we listen for
firstNames on line 20. Because
Observable.just emits all items within itself (“Daniel,” “Mel,”, etc.), we get each name passed from line 18 to line 20. Then,
onNext gets triggered for each name.
onNext passes the name as a parameter. In this case, a
String for each name.
Observable.just has 5 names,
onNext will be triggered 5 times. On line 26, we output each name to the console or Logcat. When all 5 names are finished,
onComplete is called. See the above screenshot for “complete!”
If there is a problem with anything,
onError will be triggered, and you can display an error message like a
Snackbar to the user.