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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)
Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook Second Edition
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Animating a view using the Animate method


Any window, view, or component in Titanium can be animated using the Animate method. This allows you to quickly and confidently create animated objects that give your applications the wow factor. Additionally, you can use animations as a way of holding information or elements off the screen until they are actually required. A good example of this would be if you had three different TableViews but only wanted one of those views visible at any one time. Using animations, you could slide those tables in and out of the screen space whenever it suited you, without the complication of creating additional windows.

In the following recipe, we will create the basic structure of our application by laying out a number of different components and then get down to animating four different ImageViews; these will each contain a different image to use as our funny face character.

Getting ready

To prepare for this recipe, open up Appcelerator Studio and log in if you...