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RubyMotion iOS Development Essentials

By : Abhishek Nalwaya, Akshat Paul
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RubyMotion iOS Development Essentials

By: Abhishek Nalwaya, Akshat Paul

Overview of this book

RubyMotion is a revolutionary toolchain for iOS app development. With RubyMotion, you can quickly develop and test native iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad, combining the expressiveness and simplicity of Ruby with the power of the iOS SDK. "RubyMotion iOS Development Essentials" is a hands-on guide for developing iOS apps using RubyMotion. With RubyMotion, you can eliminate the complexity and confusion associated with the development of iOS applications using Objective-C. We'll begin from scratch. Starting by installing RubyMotion, we'll build ourselves up to developing an app that uses the various device capabilities iOS has to offer. What's more, we'll even learn how to launch your app on the App Store! We'll also learn to use iOS SDK classes to create application views. Discover how to use the camera, geolocation, gestures, and other device capabilities to create engaging, interactive apps. We'll develop stunning user interfaces faster with the XCode interface builder and make web apps by using WebView. We'll then augment applications with RubyMotion gems, doing more by writing less code and learn how to write test cases for RubyMotion projects. Finally, we'll understand the app submission process to push your app to Apple's App Store With "RubyMotion iOS Development Essentials", we will learn how to create iOS apps with ease. At the end of each chapter we will have a tangible and running app, which utilizes the concepts we have learnt in that chapter.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
RubyMotion iOS Development Essentials
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Folder structure

In this section, we will understand the folder structure of our application as we know from the previous section that motion create <project name> sets up the directory structure with all the essential files to run a simple RubyMotion application. Let's walk through each one of them to have a precise understanding of their function:

  • The app folder: This is the core of your application code; you will write most of your code in this folder. RubyMotion iterates in this folder and loads any .rb file that it catches.


    If you want to keep your code somewhere else other than the app directory, add the folder path to the Rakefile.

  • The app_delegate.rb file in the app folder: This file is at the heart of the RubyMotion application. If you are a little familiar with iOS development, this is the delegate file. A delegate is an object that usually reacts to some event in another object and/or can affect how another object behaves. There are various methods that can be implemented...