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iPhone Application Development

Book Description

iPhone application development is explained here in an accessible treatment for the generalist Library and Information Science (LIS) practitioner. Future information-seeking practices by users will take place across a diverse array of ubiquitous computing devices. iPhone applications represent one of the most compelling new platforms for which to remediate and re-engineer library service. Strategies of efficient mobile design and delivery include adapting computing best practices of data independence and adhering to web standards as articulated by the W3C. These best practices apply across the diverse range of handheld devices and accompanying software development tools. This book is essentially a how-to guide for application development, laying out foundational principles and then moving toward practical implementations.

  • Overview and step-by-step development guide with Web Based Applications (the Dash code application)
  • Overview and step-by-step development guide using the Native Application Developer (the Xcode application)
  • Explaining principles of portability and transferability of systems

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of figures
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. About the author
  9. Preface
  10. Technology specs
  11. Chapter 1: Framing concepts for the iPhone as media with the historical continuity of computing best practice
    1. What this book is about
    2. Framing concepts
    3. Affordances
  12. Chapter 2: Beginning Dashcode development: remediating an RSS feed to the iPhone
    1. User narrative: how a library patron will use an RSS app
    2. The Dashcode design interface
    3. Provide an RSS feed
    4. Customizing other application attributes
    5. Web Clip
    6. Test and share
    7. Iterating design based on user feedback
    8. Your app is now ready for the iTunes App Store
    9. Consulted
  13. Chapter 3: Basic Dashcode development: creating a Podcast application
    1. User narrative: envisioning how a library patron will use the podcast app
    2. iPhone podcast app design theory
    3. Create a podcast feed
    4. Customize the podcast template
    5. Dashcode workflow step 1: provide podcast
    6. Dashcode workflow step 2: set attributes
    7. Dashcode workflow step 3: design webclip icon
    8. Dashcode workflow step 4: test and share
    9. Iteration based on use: questions to ask users about this app
    10. Consulted
    11. Appendix 3.1 – Using Garageband for podcast creation or modification
    12. Appendix 3.2 – XML stylesheet modification
  14. Chapter 4: Intermediate Dashcode development: video tour iPhone application
    1. User narrative: how a library user will use the Video Tour app
    2. Design theory: further description of a datasource
    3. Customize the layout in canvas view
    4. Dashcode workflow step 1: layout interface
    5. Dashcode workflow step 2: customize data by editing the data source
    6. Bindings of the data source
    7. Dashcode workflow step 3: add handlers and code
    8. Dashcode workflow step 4: design web clip icon
    9. Dashcode workflow step 5: test and share
    10. Iteration based on use: questions to ask users about this app
    11. Consulted
  15. Chapter 5: Designing with Dashcode: using the Custom template
    1. Functional tasks of the custom iPhone app
    2. User narrative: envisioning how a library user will use the infoPoint app1
    3. Dashcode workflow step 1: lay out interface
    4. Dashcode workflow step 2: add handlers and code
    5. Associate a data source with page elements
    6. Iteration based on use
  16. Chapter 6: Designing a Utility application with Dashcode
    1. User narrative: envisioning how a library patron will use the utility app
    2. Dashcode step 1: lay out front side
    3. Dashcode workflow step 2: provide settings
    4. Iterate design
  17. Chapter 7: Introduction to the Xcode module
    1. Software
    2. The Xcode interface
    3. Consulted
  18. Chapter 8: Using the PhoneGap framework within Xcode
    1. The PhoneGap folders
    2. Place your Dashcode files into the PhoneGap WWW folder
    3. Getting the binary onto the iTunes App Store
    4. Setting the Active SDK and Active Configuration for Distribution
    5. Consulted
  19. Chapter 9: The future of the iPhone operating system and future mobile computing devices
    1. Software
    2. Access to software: iTunes App Store integration and the iPad
    3. Hardware of the future
    4. What is next for mobile computing?
    5. Consulted
  20. Appendix 1 A safety framework for mobile computing
  21. Appendix 2 iPhone orientation
  22. Index