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Images, Icons, and Tool Buttons in Mobile Apps


We have written previously about Integrating APIs and Mobile Apps to create a rich and entertaining user experience. Since publishing our previous post, we continued to enhance the GPS demo app with additional API support to get current weather conditions and scheduled events nearby.

One challenge with offering all this functionality on a small mobile screen is to provide users with a clear, consistent, and easy to use navigation scheme across all views in the app.

Applying icon images as tool buttons in mobile apps can create a stylish and graceful navigation menu, especially if the icons are chosen based on recognizable and commonly-agreed conventions. For instance, an arrow pointing left often indicates go back, and a floppy disk icon frequently represents save data, even when the ultimate destination might not be a new file nor a disk.

In this post we will describe how to use image icons to build cross-platform navigation menus with tool buttons in mobile apps using MobileTogether.

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Creating and Deleting Database Records with MobileTogether


Creating, deleting, and validating records is an essential bit of functionality in all data driven apps. By using MobileTogether Designer, developers can produce cross platform apps capable of handling these functions and more in record time.

The video tutorial below expands upon the concepts introduced in previous videos. It covers the steps required to add functionality for creation, deletion, and data validation to your mobile app.

If you’re new to MobileTogether Designer, please take a moment to view the MobileTogether Demos page where we have provided links to additional video tutorials and demo apps.

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Integrating APIs and Mobile Apps


Busy mobile users on the go prefer apps that are convenient and efficient. MobileTogether provides developers with features to seamlessly integrate APIs and mobile apps to combine mobile device functionality with up-to-date information from external sources. This empowers developers to create custom cross-platform native apps that provide a rich and entertaining end-user experience.

Public APIs are a great source of external data to enhance almost any custom mobile app. Developers can combine information from multiple APIs to provide users with better information, faster, in an elegant, integrated package.

APIs are available for almost any kind of information your mobile app may need, from flight tracking to commodity or stock prices to tropical storm tracking.

In this post we’ll look at a GPS app that starts with mobile device geolocation functionality to answer the basic question, “Where am I?” then interfaces with APIs from Google and MapQuest to add a wealth of additional information. We’ll integrate a spatially-aware search engine to locate nearby points of interest as near as a quarter mile radius, all the way to pin-pointing the user’s location in a satellite photograph with a wide-angle view of an entire continent or more.

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Retrieve and Modify Images with MobileTogether


Inevitably mobile developers will need to build an app that needs to interact with their users’ camera and gallery.  MobileTogether Designer makes this task easy by providing a set of controls that allow developers to add this functionality to apps in record time.  The video tutorial below is a continuation of our series aimed at working with databases in MobileTogether; it covers steps needed to solicit images and, if necessary, resize those images to fit a user’s device.

 

 

 

If you’re new to MobileTogether Designer, please take a moment to view the MobileTogether Demos page where we have provided links to additional video tutorials and demo apps.

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Querying and Editing Database Records with MobileTogether


The heart of any app is its ability to view and modify bits of data. By using MobileTogether Designer, developers can build apps which show a broad picture of all data and enable users to easily drill down and edit individual records. This video tutorial will guide you through enhancing the Books sample app by adding the ability to view and edit records.

If this is your first time using MobileTogether, please take the time to view both our getting started video along with part one of our series on working with databases in MobileTogether Designer. Each of these videos will help you become familiar with the interface, phraseology, and provide you with techniques to efficiently build mobile apps.

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Early Software Testing Validates Design


“Test early and often,” is a strategy from agile software engineering that has evolved to become a mandate for software developers in every field. Early software testing is especially important for developers working on cross-platform apps, who must support mobile devices with varying physical characteristics and operating system functionalities.

MobileTogether includes features to incorporate early software testing into the development process without time-consuming compile, deploy, and debug cycles for each mobile platform. The Altova Web site describes the MobileTogether Simulator early software testing feature, and we have blogged about the ability to record and re-run specific sets of actions in test cases.

This post describes Trial Run on Client. It’s built into the MobileTogether Designer to let developers instantly examine app designs and validate logic and functionality across any supported mobile device or platform – Android, iOS, and Windows Desktop or Windows Phone.

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Querying Databases with MobileTogether


Databases power nearly every mobile app on the market. MobileTogether Designer allows developers to quickly and easily connect to any database and retrieve information to be displayed back to users. The video tutorial below walks you through creating your first database-powered mobile app.

If you are new to MobileTogether Designer please be sure to check out our getting started video. This video aims to get developers up to speed with the Designer’s interface, common phraseology, and steps through creating a basic app.

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