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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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Testing push notifications using PHP and HTTP POST

In order for our server application to programmatically push notifications to a user or a group of users, you have to create a script that can push the notifications to the servers. This can be done by a variety of methods (via a desktop app, a .NET application, a web application, and so on), but for the purpose of this recipe, we will use PHP, which is simple, fast, and freely available.

How to do it…

First of all, we need to create the PHP script that will communicate with the Parse servers to send a push notification. There are plenty of free PHP/Apache hosting accounts available online for running the script, but if you don't have access to any, go to and use it to enter and run the code. Use the following code, and remember to have your Parse app ID and REST API key ready:



if (!empty($_POST)) {