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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849513961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849513968
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Boydlee Pollentine

Boydlee Pollentine is a keen iPhone and Appcelerator developer who has created numerous apps for the iTunes and Android store and some indie games. He is passionate about mobile development and in particular the Appcelerator Titanium platform. He has been a software engineer and programmer for the last 10 years, primarily focused on web technologies and Microsoft's .NET platform.

Customer Reviews

And even when it is working, it doesn't seem like it due to the ridiculous number of build errors you get.
B. Schwarzenbek
I would consider this is a must read for anyone starting to develop with Titanium, and recommended reading for intermediate Titanium developers.
Phil Sweeney
Overall, excellent book for any app developer, a straight jump into mobile dev. with Titanium Studio using recipe approach.
brooks

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been waiting on a book that covers Appcelerator and Titanium SDK and this appears to be the first one on the market. The author does a great job at presenting the material and I followed along through all of the example applications in the book. Where things began to fall apart is with some key errors in the code and a lot of the example applications don't work.

eg:
Chapter 1: The charting does not function. The content references a chart.js file but that is no where to be found in either the downloaded code or in the library if downloaded from the developers site.
Chapter 1: A couple of typos in the example code in the book that is not present in the example code downloads (for instance, too many }) in one of font declarations for a label

Chapter 2: The stock recipeFinder application fails to download any items from the included url to do the fetching

If the publisher and author can issue an errata update and fix the sample code, this would be a must buy book if you are looking to get into mobile development. In the meantime, read the book for the great content but don't expect all the code to work as is.

*** Update *** The author replied to my original comments and provided the errata code to fix the issues that found. After reading this book once, I continue to go back to it as a quick reference on how to implement things in Titanium. If you are interested in learning Titanium, you should absolutely buy this book. It is much better than the documentation that Appcelerator provides.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zeeshan Chawdhary on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure to read Boydlee's cookbook on Appcelerator Titanium and boy(d) I was glad to find the book very extensive, from simple examples to working with social media API as well as writing custom modules. This book is a must buy for diehard HTML5 developers and over-the-night app developers and for anyone still thinking over the million dollar question "Html5-vs-Native for app development"

Chapter 1 explores the UI components available within Titanium, some other highlights include

1)Option Dialog box is a good topic, gives the perfect native feel.
2)Raphael.JS example is awesome - Example shows how easy it is to integrate external JavaScript libraries in Appcelerator and yet feel Native!!

Chapter 2 deals with Local Data and WebServices, highlights of this chapter

1)XML, JSON and SQLite - All methods of data parsing and storage explored.
2)TableView and Search filter.
3)Pull Down to refresh - Excellent example depicting the use of twitter client like "Pull down to refresh" logic.

A very big advantage of Appcelerator Titanium over other HTML5 solutions like PhoneGap is the ability to "Load a pre-populated database within your app", which is again nicely explained in the book, so now you can build a prepackaged SQLite database with PHP or any language and install that database in your mobile app.

Chapter 3 deals with Maps, not much circling here J , examples are straightforward. The routes example is good way to depict distance calculation using Google API.

Chapter 4 involves Audio, Video and Camera: Capturing, Viewing and playing Photos, Audio and Video is covered in great detail, including the ability to store the recorded media on the device.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Cooke on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was given an early copy of the book "Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook" for a review on my blog and on amazon.

Disclaimer: I have done some Titanium Development in the past, however it was mostly copy-paste from the kitchen sink application, since my JavaScript skills weren't that good.

The book is basically a direct dive into mobile development with Titanium, which is great. No long history lessons or theory lessons on why windows and views are the way they are.

The structure of the book is very friendly. every chapter starts with a quick introduction about what the reader is going to build next, some sample code and an in-depth explanation on what the code does. It does, however assume a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. If you don't know anything about these languages, I suggest you quickly google it and build some simple pages with it, to get familiar. He also assumes that you work with Titanium Studio, Appcelerator's own IDE. So before you dive in make sure that you have installed the IDE properly and setup the according SDK's (iOS and Android).

The first chapter starts with a very simple application, which explains the basic Ui components of a mobile application. You have to build your knowledge on windows and views before you can do complex applications. Boydlee does a great job of explaining almost every line of code (whether through line-comments or through the explanation after the code).

After covering the basics, you're basically building one cool app after another.
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