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Creating Mobile Apps with Appcelerator Titanium

By : Christian Brousseau
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Creating Mobile Apps with Appcelerator Titanium

By: Christian Brousseau

Overview of this book

Smartphones and tablets have really changed the technological landscape over the last 3-4 years. Much like the web did in the last decade, these powerful tools have changed the way people communicate and access information. Such a wide market creates opportunities for developers who have the skills to develop mobile applications. "Creating Mobile Apps with Appcelerator Titanium" is a practical, step-by-step guide to building iPhone, iPad, and Android applications using JavaScript. This book will give you a solid grounding of the dos and don'ts of mobile development and also covers a lot of the functionalities offered by the Titanium platform. This book begins with a look at what the Titanium platform has to offer. By taking you through clear tutorials on developing each application step-by-step, it helps you to apply your newly acquired knowledge afterwards. The difficulty level gradually increases along the course of the book. Each application from this book covers different aspects of mobile development. Every chapter starts by defining the application's features as well as the user interface structure. Every single code section is then explained and put into context allowing you to gain a clear understanding of their purpose and functionality. The book takes a “small milestone” approach, allowing you to actually run the application and see the progression. Every step is accompanied by many screenshots so you can see the expected result on screen. You will learn everything you need to know to develop your very own mobile applications. The book takes a laid-back approach to Titanium development and provides information in a way designed to never overwhelm the reader with information and also uses clear diagrams, screenshots, and tips throughout.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Creating Mobile Apps with Appcelerator Titanium
About the Author
About the Reviewers

What about Android?

While trying to run our application on an Android emulator or device, it might work without any problem. But it is important to note that as of March 3, 2013, Google deprecated the first version (v2) of their Google Maps API. In fact, Google will not issue any more v1 API keys, thus pushing developers to its new version (v2).

To address this, Titanium introduced a new native module called Modules.Map, which replaces the old Titanium.Map module for the Android platform. This module offers better performance, provides a lot of new features and the ability to add more than one map in our application (such a feat was not possible on Android with the previous version).

Before making any changes to our project, the following are the steps we must perform:

  1. Install the Google Play services SDK using the Android SDK manager.

  2. Obtain a Google API key from Google's developer website.

  3. Add this new API key to the <android> section of our tiapp.xml file.

These steps are out of the scope...