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Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook Second Edition

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Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook Second Edition

Overview of this book

This book will take you through the process of building cross-platform, native UI applications for the mobile from scratch. You will learn how to develop apps, how to use GPS, cameras and photos and how to build socially connected apps. You will also learn how to package them for submission to the App Store and Google Play. This cookbook takes a pragmatic approach to creating applications in JavaScript from putting together basic UIs, to handling events and implementation of third party services such as Twitter, Facebook and Push notifications. The book shows you how to integrate datasources and server APIs, and how to use local databases. The topics covered will guide you to use Appcelerator Studio tools for all the mobile features such as Geolocation, Accelerometer, animation and more. You’ll also learn about Alloy, the Appcelerator MVC framework for rapid app development, and how to transfer data between applications using URLSchemes, enabling other developers to access and launch specific parts of your app. Finally, you will learn how to register developer accounts and publish your very own applications on the App Store and Google Play.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook Second Edition
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Launching Apple Maps and Google Maps with route directions

In previous recipes, we looked at detecting apps, launching them, and passing data to them in the form of a search query in Apple Maps. Now, let's look at passing something more sophisticated, say a route query. In this recipe, we're going to launch some popular mapping applications via a URL.

How to do it...

Let's go back to the app.js file in Studio and add some more code. First, we need to add a new label, so add this under your label2 definition:

var label3 = Ti.UI.createLabel({
    left: 30,
    top: 200,
    text: "Navigate from London to Edinburgh"

Next, we need to add the label to the window. So, add the next line of code under the code that adds the first two labels:


Now, we need to add the code that will launch the route directions. According to the Apple Maps URL scheme, it accepts the saddr and daddr parameters to define a start address and an end address. So let's add the following event handler: