Retrofit 2 — Pagination Using Query Parameter

Requesting data from API endpoints that might respond with large datasets is obviously bad practice. Breaking down massive information packets into smaller chunks is the idea behind pagination. There’s no de facto standard on how to implement pagination on server-side and therefore, clients have to adapt to the solution chosen by API developers.

This is the first guide on how to implement a pagination strategy on Android to consume a partial dataset with each request for a given endpoint. You’ll learn the fundamental ideas behind pagination using query parameters and what pitfalls to watch during your implementation. In future articles, you’ll learn how to tackle pagination on Android using HTTP response header information with dynamic URLs and the approach of leveraging range headers.

If you’re into Retrofit, you’ll definitely benefit from other posts available within this series.

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