Java client libraries created with Mashery I/O Wraps, a semi-automated native language SDK generator.
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An API client library (also known as an SDK or language wrapper) is an efficiency tool for programmer that helps bind external resources to your native programming language. Traditionally, to integrate an API into your project without a client library, you would need to do the following:
Construct a network request using a transport library (e.g. HTTP)
Integrate authentication flow and signatures (e.g. OAuth, MD5/SHA-256, etc.)
Construct and execute API calls manually, often a trial and error process while reading documentation
Parse through results
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Client libraries make life easier by bringing the API into your native language environment. So, rather than making curl calls, piping the output into a variable, and parsing through the variable -- the client library handles the network connectivity, authorization and API call execution with syntax you're familiar with. Below is a pseudo-Java-code example of how this library works:
// Instantiate the client library Roviapi roviapi = new Roviapi.Builder(new NetHttpTransport(), jsonFactory.... // Initialize the request object RoviApiRequest apiRequest = (RoviApiRequest)request; // Set your API key apiRequest.set("apikey","YOUR_KEY_HERE"); // Make an API call and store the response in a string String responseStr = roviapi.MusicMethods().Search("gaga");
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Follow the steps below for a quick start to using this client library:
Grab the latest source with git.
git clone git://github.com/mashery/io-wraps-rovi-java.git
From the root of the unpack repo above, build with Maven:
Head over to Rovi Cloud Services to fetch an API key
Open up your IDE and import the Maven project.
This client library was built using Mashery I/O Wraps, which incorporates the Google Client Library Generator and other Google native language libraries. This is why the package layout looks like com.google.api...