By Jesus Garcia, Anthony De Moss, and Mitchell Simoens
Say you are tasked with building a mobile viewer so that anyone in your client’s company can search a global address book and find contact information while they are traveling. You likely would want some sort of list that will load the contact list from a remote server. This might sound complicated to do, and it is, but Sencha Touch makes it easy to achieve. This article, based on chapter 7 of Sencha Touch in Action, discusses NestedList, which is a Container extension that uses child Lists to display hierarchical data in a Card layout.
The iPhone, iPod, and iPad are great music playing devices and allow you to create playlists. Creating playlists is useful, but being able to play them is necessary to really make it worthwhile. So using the iPod access to select tracks, CoreData to store the selections, and the music player to play the music makes for a usable app. To start, you need to design a database within Xcode and have the related code generated for you. In this article based on chapter 7 of iOS in Practice, author Bear Cahill shows you how to set up the project to support a table view navigation.
A master-detail application has a table, called the master view and rows in the table can be selected, showing a detail view. This is a very common pattern for iPhone applications and it can be seen in Mail, Contacts, Messages, Music, and countless other iPhone apps. In this article, based on chapter 6 of Quick & Easy iPhone Programming, author Bintu Harwani shows you how to develop a relatively straightforward Master-Detail application without a single line of code.
By Carlos Sessa, Jr
Landscape is way cooler that portrait when it comes to viewing a video on your cell. To make the video full screen when the device is rotated, you need to tell the system that you’ll handle the orientation changes yourself. In this article, based on a technique presented in 50 Android Hacks, the author shows you how to do that by changing the size and position of VideoView.
You might not even agree with an SOA-based approach, but are perhaps forced into using it based on someone else’s decision. Alternatively, you may think that SOA is the greatest thing since sliced bread. This article from SOA Patterns explains patterns that will help you make the right decisions for the particular challenges and requirements you’ll face in your SOA projects.