We use our community for discussions, but have you thought about implementing our community (Discourse) with App Inventor? This tutorial will show you how. We will display a list of our community categories in a list. In the following days I will also show you how we can get user information, top badges, and lots more.
A. Extensions before using.
To continue this tutorial, here is something I made which was never published. Here is the list of extensions I used.
[Free] CompCreator - create component dynamically by @Kevinkun to create a component with a template.
[F/OS] - Dynamic Components Extension (for every component) 2.2.2 - Extensions - Kodular Community by @yusufcihan to create the cards, images and labels.
MyFonts → use your own custom fonts (a modified version of @Ken's YourFont extension) by @Anke to set the fonts of the labels.
MakeViewUp Extension: beautify & customize android views by @VSATISH13 to customize the arrangements.
AICODE - Beautify to customize the arrangements.
For the sake of this tutorial I have created a new extension. Really simple, displays HTML text programatically, downloads in the Downloads section.
I used the Comfortaa font in this tutorial. Download from Comfortaa Font | dafont.com.
B. Components before using.
You will need:
A "dummy" label to convert HTML text to plain text. Just make sure it is visible and enable HTMLFormat for this label.
A VerticalScrollArrangement. All of the categories will be placed here.
A Web component to perform HTTP requests.
A Notifier component to display error messages or loading dialogs.
One of each of the extensions I mentioned above. MyFonts is completely optional, I just used it for UI enhancements.
We first need 2 global variables.
communityUrl is the URL of our community without slashes at the end, and ID is a "dummy" variable used to test the IDs of created components.
When the screen initializes, we perform the request immediately.
This procedure creates a card for each category. It creates a canvas for the color of that specific category, a HorizontalArrangement to represent the card, and a Label for the name and the description of the category. I also use CompCreator to create spaces between cards.
After the web request is performed, we fill the scroll arrangement with cards of categories. That makes it a "card list view".
AIX: HtmlContent.aix (5.5 KB)
AIA: DiscourseApi.aia (167.4 KB)
You are allowed to use this tutorial anywhere for private use as long as it complies with the App Inventor ToS. Credit is not needed but I would be grateful if you can.
Please, click the beautiful Like button, this tutorial took me two weeks to make. Thank you.