Goal: Learn about the user authentication process by following along with the homework to add user accounts into your MyRestaurants application. Then, get extra practice with both user auth and event listeners by crafting an instant messaging application, paying special attention to the manner listeners instantaneously update a user's app with new messages as they're received.
Follow along with lessons listed under Wednesday (today), in order to begin implementing user authentication into your MyRestaurants application. This includes account registration, saving user information to our database, and logging users in and out.
Continue to follow along with the user authentication lessons listed under Thursday to implement dialogs, validating user credentials, and displaying errors.
Another very common type of Android application (or feature within larger apps) is instant messaging/chatting. Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Hangouts are all great examples of this. Create an instant messaging application--whether based off of a pre-existing app, or something of your own creation--with the following features:
Much like the discussion forum, this is an incredibly common type of application and/or feature in large applications. Therefore, take the time to ensure you have the beginnings of a great portfolio project that displays your capability of creating the most popular types of mobile apps!
If you and your partner complete the features detailed above, explore some additional approaches to authenticating users! Many apps now provide users options to sign in via Facebook, Google, and/or Twitter. Using the resources below, research and experiment with implementing social authentication into your chat application: