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jQuery Mobile and JSON
jQuery powers many of the sites on the Internet today, providing dynamic user experience in the browser and helping to make traditional desktop applications increasingly rare. Now that browsers found on the major mobile platforms have caught up to desktop browser functionality, the jQuery team has introduced jQuery Mobile, or JQM. The mission of JQM is to bring a universal experience to all major mobile browsers, enabling rich content across the Internet, regardless of the viewing device. This tutorial examines fundamental design concepts around jQuery Mobile in the context of a sales force automation-oriented application. You create an intuitive and visually appealing mobile web application that interacts with an Internet-hosted website to store and manage sales opportunities.
Also available in: Chinese   Spanish  
Tutorial 01 Mar 2011
Android and iPhone browser wars, Part 2: Build a browser-based application for iPhone and Android
This article is the second in a two-part series on developing browser-based applications for iPhone and Android. In Part 1, we introduced WebKit, the browser engine at the heart of the browser in iPhone and Android. In this article, we dig deeper by building a network management application which runs on both the iPhone and Android browsers. The application demonstrates both browser-local SQL storage as well as Ajax, key technologies that enable a rich application experience from within the mobile browser. Additionally, the application leverages the popular jQuery JavaScript library.
Articles 05 Jan 2010
Android and iPhone browser wars, Part 1: WebKit to the rescue
Mobile devices play an ever-increasing role in our lives today. We use them to communicate. We use them to navigate. We even use them as a handy flashlight. While custom applications are extremely popular for the iPhone and the Android platforms, there is an opportunity in mobile Web applications. This article is the first in a two-part "Android and iPhone browser wars" series on developing browser-based applications for iPhone and Android. Along the way, we will build a simple network monitoring application that runs within the confines of the desktop and both mobile browsers.
Articles 08 Dec 2009
Tapping into Android's sensors
Android, a rich platform for application development, has an attractive set of user interface elements and data-management capabilities. Android also offers a healthy array of interfacing options. In this article, learn how to interact with Android's varied sensor options to monitor your environment. Sample code shows you how to record audio on an Android phone. Want to build your own baby monitor? Unlock your phone or a door with your own voice activation? Learn how to leverage the hardware capabilities of an Android-equipped device.
Also available in: Russian   Japanese  
Articles 16 Jun 2009
Create BlackBerry applications with open source tools, Part 3: Building a social-networking application
The most intriguing and powerful phenomenon in the digital age is the impact of social-networking applications on the consumer and business markets. Marketing professionals are changing how they interact with prospective clients, peer groups can easily form, and, as demonstrated in the fall of 2008, social networking can be part of a successful political campaign. Combined with the popularity and power of the BlackBerry platform, you have the makings of a dynamic combination. Part 3 of this "Create BlackBerry applications with open source tools" series explores how the BlackBerry is a great device for writing and deploying social-networking applications.
Tutorial 17 Mar 2009
Create BlackBerry applications with open source tools, Part 2: Building an RSS reader
In the same way that open source has revolutionized the software development marketplace, the proliferation of alternative news sources has shaken up the traditional news-source monopolies. Today, you can get free news from various Internet sources and from the Internet outlets of the mainstream media. Trekking from one Web site to another to read news stories is possible, but tedious. And what about updates to news stories of interest? Wouldn't it be better if the news of interest is aggregated for your convenience? You can do it with an RSS reader for BlackBerry. Here in Part 2 of this "Create BlackBerry applications with open source tools" series, explore the RSS data-distribution format by creating a BlackBerry RSS reader suitable for taking news wherever you and your BlackBerry go.
Tutorial 17 Feb 2009
Create BlackBerry applications with open source tools, Part 1: Laying the groundwork
There is perhaps no bigger market-transformational technology than the cell phone. And within that classification of devices, perhaps none more recognizable than the BlackBerry from Research In Motion (RIM). Most people think it is just for business e-mail, but there is untapped potential in that addictive device. Despite being a popular platform, third-party applications are still needed for the BlackBerry platform. There is no better way to bring those applications to fruition than to enable the help from the open source community. Follow along as this tutorial lays the groundwork for an open source data-collection application, upon which an accessible and easy-to-use data-collection service is built.
Also available in: Spanish  
Tutorial 19 Aug 2008
Develop Android applications with Eclipse
Android is Google's oft-discussed mobile, wireless, computer, and communications platform. You can take advantage of the powerful Eclipse environment to build Android applications using the Android Eclipse plug-in. This tutorial introduces Android application development with the Eclipse plug-in, otherwise known as Android Development Tools. The tutorial provides an introduction to Android development with a quick introduction to the platform, a tour of Android Development Tools, and includes the construction of two example applications.
Also available in: Spanish  
Tutorial 26 Feb 2008
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