In the previous article, we have performed the insert data operation. In this article, we will perform the Read data operation. Before performing this operation first of all we have to create a new PHP script for reading data from SQL Database.
Prerequisite: You should be having Postman installed in your system to test this PHP script.
Create a PHP script for reading data from My SQL Database
We will be building a simple PHP script in which we will be used to read data from our SQL table which we have created in our previous article. Using this script we will be reading data from our SQL table.
Step by Step Implementation
Step 1: Start your XAMPP server which we have seen starting in the previous article
In the previous article, we have seen starting our XAMPP server and we also have created our database. In this article, we will be creating a script for adding data to our database.
Step 2: Navigate to xampp folder
Now we have to navigate to C drive in your pc and inside that check for the folder name as xampp. Inside that folder navigate to htdocs folder and create a new folder in that and name it as courseApp. Inside this folder, we will be storing all our PHP scripts. Now for writing your PHP script we can use any simple text editor. I am using VS code. After creating this folder we simply have to open this folder in VS code.
Step 3: Creating a new PHP file
After you open your folder in VS code, inside that folder we have to press a shortcut key as Ctrl+N our new file will be created. We have to save this file with the name readCourses.php and add the below code to it. Comments are added in the code to get to know in more detail.
Step 4: Getting URL for your PHP script
For getting the URL for our PHP script we simply have to type localhost in our browser and we have to append it with our folder name and file name. You will get to see the URL highlighted below :
Now we will be testing our API using Postman.
Step 5: Testing our PHP Script in Postman
For testing your PHP script select the POST method in postman as we will be getting data from our SQL table and inside the URL section add the above URL. After adding the URL. Now click on the Body tab which is shown in the below screenshot and inside that select x-www-form-urlencoded and after that add the parameters in the below section as shown in the screenshot. Make sure the key which you are entering must be the same as that we have used for naming our columns in our SQL table. After adding all the data. Now click on Send option to send our id and receive data from our SQL table.
You will get to see the response from the API on the above screen.
Read Data Operation
In the upper part, we have created a PHP script for reading the data from the SQL table. In this part, we will integrate that in our Android App and read data to our SQL table from our Android app.
What we are going to build in this article?
We will be building a simple application in which we will be reading data from our SQL table by passing the ID. We will be reading this data using PHP scripts that we have created earlier. Below is the video in which we will get to see what we are going to build in this article.
Step by Step Implementation
Step 1: Create a New Project
To create a new project in Android Studio please refer to How to Create/Start a New Project in Android Studio. Note that select Java as the programming language.
Step 2: Add the below dependency in your build.gradle file
Below is the dependency for Volley which we will be using to get the data from API. For adding this dependency navigate to the app > Gradle Scripts > build.gradle(app) and add the below dependency in the dependencies section.
After adding this dependency sync your project and now move towards the AndroidManifest.xml part.
Step 3: Adding permissions to the internet in the AndroidManifest.xml file
Navigate to the app > AndroidManifest.xml and add the below code to it.
Step 4: Working with the activity_main.xml file
Navigate to the app > res > layout > activity_main.xml and add the below code to that file. Below is the code for the activity_main.xml file.
Step 5: Working with the MainActivity.java file
Go to the MainActivity.java file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the MainActivity.java file. Comments are added inside the code to understand the code in more detail.
Now run your app and see the output of the code.
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