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Mobile Development Examples and Videos

Below are resources for working with the ADS Web Platform in different environments.

Tutorial Screencasts
There are many screencasts to help you get started working with the Advantage Web Platform

iPhone Getting Started


iPhone oData Client Part 1
Getting Started with ADS
iPhone oData Client Part 2
Background Thread Creation, UI Enhancements
iPhone oData Client Part 3
Insert, Update and Delete

Android Getting Started

Sample Application
A sample Android application using the Advantage Web Platform can be found here.

Code Samples

Web Browser
The easiest way to test the service is to simply enter a URI into your browser. For example, entering the following URI into your browser after installing the server: https://myserver:6282/adsweb/v1/test_db/tables/orders would return:


Consumption from the .NET framework is accomplished using the built in WebClient class in combination with the JSON.NET library for JSON serialization and de-serialization:

WebClient w = new WebClient();  

w.Headers.Add( "Authorization", "Basic " +   
        Convert.ToBase64String( Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes( "adssys:" ) ) );  
 w.Encoding = Encoding.UTF8;  
string result = w.DownloadString(   
        "https://myserver:6282/adsweb/v1/test_db/tables/orders" );  
sr = new StringReader( result ); 
olist = (oDataResults<Orders>)serializer.Deserialize( new JsonTextReader( sr ),  
                                                           typeof( oDataResults<Orders> ) ); 

 // Results are now ready to use in an object list 
if ( olist.d.results.Count > 0 ) 
       MessageBox.Show( string.Format( "First order ID is {0}",  
       olist.d.results[0].id.ToString() ) );


iPhone/iPad (Objective-C)
Consumption in Objective-C is accomplished using the URLWithString constructor and the TouchJSON library :

NSString *jsonString = [NSString stringWithContentsOfURL:  
       [NSURL URLWithString: @"https://myserver:6268/adsweb/v1/test_db/tables/orders"]  
       encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding error:&error];

// deserialize  
NSData *jsonData = [jsonString dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF32BigEndianStringEncoding];  
NSDictionary *dictionary =   
        [[CJSONDeserializer deserializer] deserializeAsDictionary:jsonData error:&error];
// save reference to the rows 
_rows = [[NSMutableArray alloc] initWithArray:[dictionary objectForKey:@"d"]]; 
[_rows retain];


Android (Java)
Consumption in Java is accomplished using the WebClient class and the Gson library:

WebClient ordersClient =   
       new WebClient( "https://myserver:6282/adsweb/v1/test_db/tables/orders" );

String jsonOrders = ordersClient.GetData( "total>50000" )
Gson gson = new Gson(); 

OrdersListWrapper ordersList = gson.fromJson( jsonOrders, OrdersListWrapper.class );

// The deserialized Results are now contained in the "d" object array. 
if ( ordersList.d.Count > 0 ) { 
       TextView tvResults = (TextView)mainView.findViewById( R.id.txtResults ); 
       tvResults.setText( "The First Order ID is " +  
        (new Integer( ordersList.d[0].id ).toString() )); 


The following example consumes the API using Javascript in a browser, and uses the JQuery framework to quickly manipulate the JSON data and present a table:

<script language="javascript">  

       function(data, status){  
       $.each( data.d, function(i, item) {  
   $('#res').append( '<li>Order ' + item.OrderNo + ' : $' + item.AmountPaid + '</li>' );  
} );  

       <div id=res> 


The following example consumes the API using PHP, and uses the CURL extension and built in json_decode function:

$session =   

// configure CURL to trust our server with self-signed cert  
curl_setopt($session, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);  
// set db password  
curl_setopt($session, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "adssys:");  
// setup curl_exec to return the data instead of printing it  
curl_setopt($session, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); 
// set headers 
curl_setopt($session, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER,  
       array ( "Accept: application/json; charset=utf-8" ) ); 
// get the data 
$response = curl_exec($session); 

// decode the json into an object 
if ( ! $dataset = json_decode( $response ) ) 
       trigger_error( json_last_error() ); 

// spit out a simple table (normally would use a view, but not in small example) 
print( "<table><tr><hr><th>Lastname</th><th>Firstname</th></tr>" );
foreach ( $dataset->d->results as $row ) 
       print( "<tr><td>$row->LASTNAME</td><td>$row->FIRSTNAME</td></tr>" ); 
print( "</table>" );

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