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Introducing New Getting Started Guides

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I’m Dave Richey, Director of Training for Appcelerator. We’re going to be expanding our documentation and training efforts for Titanium. My first project has been a series of Getting Started guides, for Mac, Windows and Linux, to help get Titanium Mobile up and running. These guides cover the steps needed to install Titanium and run two of the sample programs. We want to hear from developers — please let me know what additional documentation and training resources will be helpful. Here are the new guides for your platform of choice: Windows Guide Mac Guide Linux Guide Thank you, and let us know what you think!
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11 Comments

  1. Daniel

    Thank you very much for this! Having these tutorials in .pdf files will be extremely beneficial.

    I think I can speak for everyone when I say, we need the API reference guides in a format like this. Not only do we need the guides in a portable, collected format, we also need more detail.

    One of the things I ran into recently was using Titanium.Platform.name. The guide states that name is a string and returns the name of the device, but we are not told what are acceptable values for this property. So, I tried to use Ti.Platform.name == ‘iphone’ which did not work. Only by looking through the Oil Reporter code from Intridia did I see that the only values used were == ‘android’ and != ‘android’.

    All values that properties can have would be extremely helpful.

    Also, properties I see used in other apps (such as Ti.UI.orientation = Ti.UI.PORTRAIT) are nowhere to be found in the current documentation (at least not that I can find). A complete listing of all available methods, properties and events for every API would be invaluable.

    Thank you again for doing this.

  2. I’d love to have a short guide on memory management best practices. With mobile devices having pretty tight memory constraints, a little more information would really help.

    Also, others have asked for more ability for community members to contribute information. Comments pages in the docs could allow people to provide feedback and peer-to-peer tips. (MindTouch’s Deki wiki is has a solid page comments feature.)

    -T

  3. Alan Bourke

    Thank you for the guide. One thing that struck me is that it tells you to install the 64-bit or 32-bit JDK as appropriate for your platform. Is it not the case that you should install the 32-bit JDK in all cases as the 64-bit one doesn’t work with Ti ?

  4. Alan Bourke

    I also think that Kitchensink is too big and getting it to work puts a lot of prospective developers off. It should be split out into KitchensinkUI, KitchensinkNet, KitchensinkPlatform and so on. Smaller projects that will build and install more quickly.

  5. Matthew Lieder

    Complete and accurate API documentation would be a good first step; after coding with Ti for a couple months I’ve learned to never trust the API docs and instead rely on the Kitchen Sink and (especially) the raw Objective-C source code.

    In my dream world, the API docs list every method, property, and event (not just 70-80% of them), have non-generic descriptions and recommendations on each one (like, you must use window.add instead of window.setToolbar to add a toolbar control to a window…), and have a lot of brief examples (including screen shots) at the bottom.

  6. Alan Bourke

    To echo Matthew, I’d essentially like the equivalent of the Visual Studio help for .NET

    By next week, kthxbai. 😉

  7. Nick

    A tutorial on designing for iPhone4 would be cool – best practices for handling the differing screen resolutions, etc.

  8. Christian

    a tutorial between Getting Started (app is too simple) and Kitchen Sink (too complex) would be great. Something like: how to create a simple RSS reader, or how to set up a TableView.

  9. Luke Melia

    Very helpful in getting set up properly. Thanks!

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