Creating a basic weather app, where should I start?

Master Yoda

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Hello Coders,

So recently I have been growing interest in creating my own weather app for my phone. I don't want to make it really fancy but all I want to do is display the current weather on the app. But I want to know where should I start, should I focus on developing the app around the API or should I build the UI and then add the weather functions?
 
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Enter location to get the current weather .
Develop the app locally, you can build the UI - users can add location to get their local weather.
For Weather functions - study a local weather app to get some idea on how it functions.
 

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@Malcolm How are you planning to build the app? Are you building the app in a native language, or are you going to use something like flutter, xamarin, Phonegap, or are you going to build a PWA?
 
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I would build the app functionality first and then work on the UI. You will also need to decide if you want to do Android or iOS they are very different. Then if you're completely new to mobile development, I'd look at some tutorials first. There are also a few weather apps tutorials on YouTube you can refer to.
 
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I would build the app functionality first and then work on the UI. You will also need to decide if you want to do Android or iOS they are very different. Then if you're completely new to mobile development, I'd look at some tutorials first. There are also a few weather apps tutorials on YouTube you can refer to.
Thanks for the advice! I’ll check out YouTube, tbh I’ve never used YouTube to learn anything coding related lol
 

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Thanks for the advice! I’ll check out YouTube, tbh I’ve never used YouTube to learn anything coding related lol
I find some of them better than the paid ones. If you decide to go Android/kotlin coding in flow is my favourite channel for that. Reso coder is also good but he has changed to teaching flutter in the last year.

Google codelabs is also pretty good.
 
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I find some of them better than the paid ones. If you decide to go Android/kotlin coding in flow is my favourite channel for that. Reso coder is also good but he has changed to teaching flutter in the last year.

Google codelabs is also pretty good.
I’m a constant user of Udemy, but I should probably save some money I give YouTube a shot. So Coding in flow and Reso Coder?

is it Google Code labs or do you mean like google the word code labs :D
 
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First of all, what smartphone is it that you have? Is it an Android phone or an iPhone? If it's an Android then you can get the development-kit on any system(Except for any BSD distribution). If it's an iPhone then you'll need either an iMac or any version of a MacBook, provided that the device is around 2012-2013 or newer and runs a more modern, up-to-date version of OS X(Preferably, OS X 10.13+).

I'll need to know these if I'm going to provide some directions on where to go next.
 
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Malcolm said:
It would be an iPhone!
Right, okay then. So, I've got it that it's an iPhone, so you'll need either an iMac or any MacBook running a modern version of OS X. Do you have that as well?
 
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Unfortunately, no. But looking into refurbished Apple product.
Ah, okay. Spend some time looking into a refurbished or second-hand one and once you do, come back to this question in which we can continue.