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Know Your Tools to Build Better iOS Apps
By Joe Keeley
Jul 6, 2015
iOS engineering manager Joe Keeley, author of Mastering iOS Frameworks: Beyond the Basics, 2nd Edition, takes a brief look at some of the most commonly used tools in iOS development, and introduces some specific things that a new developer can learn to get a lot of leverage and improve their development skills.
What's Special about Mobile Testing?
By Daniel Knott
Jun 24, 2015
This chapter from Hands-On Mobile App Testing: A Guide for Mobile Testers and Anyone Involved in the Mobile App Business explains that mobile testing is completely different from testing on other technologies such as laptops or desktop computers. The mobile user is on the move while he or she is using your product. Therefore, it is very important to know about the different data networks and the different types of mobile devices. This chapter also provided a first overview of mobile users’ high expectations. And last but not least, this chapter should remind you to never underestimate a new technology. Be open-minded and curious to improve your daily work life.
Top 10 Best Practices for Mobile App Testing
By Daniel Knott
Jun 17, 2015
Daniel Knott, author of Hands-On Mobile App Testing, describes 10 best practices required for mobile app testers during the app development lifecycle.
The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Dynamic Animators
By Erica Sadun
Jun 11, 2015
Dynamic animators are tremendously fun. They help make your UIs pop and are well worth exploring to discover what features they can provide your users. Erica Sadun explores dynamic animators in this chapter from The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Even More Recipes for Better iOS App Development.
Simple Workflow and Passive Debugging in XCode
By Fritz Anderson
Jun 3, 2015
This chapter from Xcode 6 Start to Finish: iOS and OS X Development, 2nd Edition steps you up to writing and running a program of your own. It introduces the first level of debugging: what to do when your program crashes. It turns out that Xcode offers good facilities to help you analyze a crash without you having to do much.
Preface to Mastering iOS Frameworks: Beyond the Basics, Second Edition
By Kyle Richter, Joe Keeley
May 28, 2015
The authors of Mastering iOS Frameworks: Beyond the Basics, 2nd Edition introduce their book and discuss prerequisites, organization, and sample code.
Simple Tips for Better Android Development
By Ian G. Clifton
May 26, 2015
Ian G. Clifton, author of Essentials of Android Application Development LiveLessons, discusses some simple ways to improve the quality of your Android code immediately.
What's New in Apache Cordova 4?
By John M. Wargo
Apr 29, 2015
The latest version of the open source framework Apache Cordova brings many changes, particularly in the command-line interface, plugins, and WebView. John M. Wargo, author of Apache Cordova 4 Programming, points out his favorite features and others whose improvements will simplify your development process.
Mastering iOS Frameworks: Working with and Parsing JSON
By Kyle Richter, Joe Keeley
Apr 28, 2015
This chapter from Mastering iOS Frameworks: Beyond the Basics, 2nd Edition demonstrates how to parse and present JSON from a sample message-board server in an app, and encode a new message entry in JSON to send to the server.
Anatomy of a Cordova Application
By John M. Wargo
Apr 21, 2015
Using Apache Cordova 4, you can leverage native technologies and web standards to quickly build cross-platform apps for most mobile devices. In this chapter from Apache Cordova 4 Programming, John M. Wargo shows you what makes a web application a Cordova application and gives you a tour of the sample application the Cordova team provides.
Preface to iOS 8 Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself
By John Ray
Mar 24, 2015
In this preface to iOS 8 Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, 6th Edition, John Ray explains what you will learn in his book, covers who can become in iOS developer, and discusses who the book is for.
Using JSON in iOS Apps
By Wei-Meng Lee
Mar 18, 2015
JSON is fast replacing XML as the de facto standard for data representation and data exchange. Wei-Meng Lee shows how easily you can use JSON in your iOS apps.
What's Up, Docs? Find the Right Xcode Documentation, Exactly When You Need It
By Erica Sadun
Mar 12, 2015
Apple-supplied documentation provides important development support, but many developers don't discover the full extent of help available within Xcode and online. Erica Sadun, bestselling author of dozens of books on programming, dives a little deeper to show you some power tips for finding just the right documentation.
Launching iOS Applications Via URL
By Wei-Meng Lee
Mar 9, 2015
When a visitor to your website has iOS apps on her device, a little bit of coding can let you take advantage of that situation, starting her device's native apps for a better user experience. Wei-Meng Lee shows how to take advantage of these iOS capabilities. Her device doesn't have the appropriate app? Your site's programming can detect that sales opportunity, displaying a banner that lets her view your app on the Apple Store and (if desired) automatically and immediately install it.
Getting Started with Xamarin Forms
By Wei-Meng Lee
Feb 4, 2015
With the Xamarin.Forms API, a single user interface can work on three different platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows Phone - a huge savings in code writing! Wei-Meng Lee provides examples for working with Xamarin.Forms, showing the kinds of navigation your interfaces can use on the individual platforms.
Interface Navigation in Apple Watch Apps
By Wei-Meng Lee
Jan 29, 2015
On the small face of an Apple Watch, your app won't have much space for displaying icons and navigation symbols. To solve that problem, the WatchKit includes navigation controls that give your Watch apps ways to be more useful to users. Wei-Meng Lee shows how to add maneuverability to your Apple Watch apps with navigation.
Getting Started with the Apple WatchKit
By Wei-Meng Lee
Jan 22, 2015
Buzz keeps growing around the Apple Watch, scheduled for release in early 2015. Will your apps be ready? Grab Apple's new WatchKit (released November 18) and speed-read Wei-Meng Lee's instructions on using these new tools to gear up your programming as the time winds down to arrival of the Watch.
iOS Internationalization: Characters and Encoding
By Shawn E. Larson
Jan 21, 2015
Languages use different characters with accent marks and pronunciation marks to accentuate or provide meaning. In this chapter from iOS Internationalization: The Complete Guide, Shawn E. Larson talks about what's involved in creating characters, things like diacritics and surrogate pairs and ligatures, and storing those characters (encoding and code points).
Developing a Selfie Remote-Control App in iOS Using Bluetooth Low Energy
By Wei-Meng Lee
Dec 30, 2014
Wei-Meng Lee speeds through the easy setup of a remote-control app employing Bluetooth LEs on Apple's iOS. Using an inexpensive TI SensorTag for remote control, you can prompt your gadget remotely to perform a variety of tasks. Here, you'll learn how to set up your device and system to take 'selfie' photographs, even when you're nowhere near your iPhone.
Building with MIT App Inventor
By Derek Walter, Mark Sherman
Dec 29, 2014
The authors of Learning MIT App Inventor: A Hands-On Guide to Building Your Own Android Apps walk you through the MIT App Inventor site so you can understand how apps can request information, pull in data from the Internet, and interact with other applications.

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