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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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Connecting to APIs that use basic authentication

Basic authentication is a method of gaining access to a system by way of sending a username and password over HTTPS. While this is not the most secure authentication scheme, it is still used by some API developers and is very easy to implement.

In this example, I will show you how to write code to access an API that may have been created using basic authentication.

Getting ready

Typically, an API developer will provide you with a series of endpoints that represent commands such as log in, get user details, save details, and so on. These API calls will use either GET or POST/PUT commands, sent over HTTPS, to retrieve and send data to the server, for example

Typically, these will be accessed using GET or POST/PUT and will take parameters. In this case, they might be a username and password.

How to do it…

Create a new project in Appcelerator Studio and open the app.js file, removing all of the existing code. First, we...