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Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook

By : Boydlee Pollentine, Jason Kneen, Jason Kneen
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Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook

By: Boydlee Pollentine, Jason Kneen, Jason Kneen

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)
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So far, everything you've built with the Appcelerator platform has been in pure JavaScript. This means that all user interface and application logic has been combined into (typically) the same .js files.

In this chapter, we will refer to this method of working as the classic method of writing apps with the Appcelerator platform. Typically, this will involve building an app that has the top-level Resources folder and the app.js file.

Since the first edition of this book, Appcelerator released Alloy MVC, an add-on framework that allows you to create applications using a Model, View, Controller (MVC) approach, separating the user interface from the application data and code.

By using Alloy, you can build applications faster using less JavaScript, and you can easily manage the differences between the form-factor (phone and tablet) and platform (iOS, Android, and so on).

Since its release, Alloy has become the standard way of creating mobile projects. In this chapter, we'll go through...