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23 December 2010

Appcelerator Titanium Development (part 2)

Today Micro Mart magazine published part 2 of my Appcelerator Titanium Development article in issue 1138.

This four page how-to article focusses on using Appcelerator Titanium for smartphone development, and the mobile API. All my examples are for Google's Android operating system, but Apple iOS development is also supported. Once again you can create native look-and-feel mobile applications using only JavaScript code.

This is the Christmas period issue, covering two weeks, complete with end of year reports and plenty of other interesting articles - but still only £2.

Here's an extract from the article:

Today's smartphone marketplace is dominated by Apple iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. But iPhone development revolves around Apple's Developer Tools and their Objective C language, while Android uses the Java-based Android development kit. Blackberry development is different again.

Wouldn't it be better to forget all this complexity and create your great idea using open standard web development languages? Wouldn't it be better to use a standard cross-platform API, so that the same source code, with the odd small tweak, is applicable to the major smartphone platforms?

Titanium can do just this. Anyone with basic JavaScript skills can create a native look-and-feel smartphone application. And create it using their existing PC, whether that be Windows, Mac OS X or Linux – although due to Apple restrictions iPhone development requires access to OS X at some point.

In fact, Titanium can do more. As there's generic support for the iOS and Android operating systems, your creations can also be deployed on other mobile devices, such as Apple's iPad and the upcoming raft of Android tablets. With Titanium, your ideas can be fast-tracked by rapid cross-platform prototyping, leading to substantial leaps in productivity.

I've posted a PDF of this article on my sample PDF page.