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Creating Mobile Apps with Appcelerator Titanium

By : Christian Brousseau
Book Image

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

Chapter 4. Interactive E-book for iPad

In this chapter, we will be developing an interactive electronic book (e-book) application with realistic page flipping, pretty much like a real book. This will be an iPad-specific application in order to benefit from the large screen resolution offered by a tablet display. We will be using WebView , along with HTML and CSS to present a rich experience. We will also be using other rich view components such as MapView to show a satellite imagery and a video player.

Since Titanium does not provide "page flipping" functionality out of the box, we will rely on a native module to achieve our goal. We will get more into that later on in this chapter.

By the end of this chapter, you will have learned the following concepts:

  • What a native Titanium module is

  • Installing, configuring, and using a native module to your existing project

  • Using the WebView component

  • Using the MapView component

  • Using the VideoPlayer component

  • Locking the screen's orientation