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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

Let's turn this map into a game

Now that we have set up our map, we can finally start coding and re-use the assets we just created. So let's open our app.js file and remove any existing code in order to have a fresh start.

The scaffolding

As with every Titanium application we have developed so far, we will create a new window with a black background. We also want to interact with this window later down our code, so we will keep its reference in the win variable:

var win = Ti.UI.createWindow({ backgroundColor: 'black' });

This window will probably be the only Titanium control that we will be using for the whole application. From this point, all the interactions will be done using the game engine. This will allow us to have a more powerful control scheme than native controls such as Button and TableViews. On the flip side, it will require us to use a more low-level code. But don't worry, we'll go over it step-by-step.

Now that we have a window to contain our game, our first order of business will...