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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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Fetching data from the Google places API

The Google places API is part of Google Maps and returns information about places, for example, banks, cash machines, services, airports, and more. It marks an attempt by Google to connect users directly to shops or items of interest near their location, and is heavily geared towards mobile usage. In this recipe, we will create a new module that will contain all of the code required to connect to and return data from the Google places API.

Getting ready

You will require an API key (key for browser applications) from Google in order to perform requests against the places API. You can obtain a key from Google's developer website at

How to do it…

Create a new project in Appcelerator Studio, to which you can give any name you want. Then, create a new file called placesapi.js, and save it in your project's Resources directory.

Type the following code in this new JavaScript file:

exports.getData = function(lat, lon, radius...