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Rhomobile Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Abhishek Nalwaya

Step-by-step instructions to build an enterprise mobile web application from scratch
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849515160
Paperback264 pages

About This Book

  • Explore all of Rhomobile's features and products through the creation of a mobile web application
  • Step-by-step instructions help you to build an enterprise mobile web application from scratch, through to deployment
  • Clear guides for developing applications on iPhone, Blackberry, and other smartphones
  • Learn how to use Rhomobile's four products: Rhodes, RhoSync, RhoHub, and RhoGallery

Who This Book Is For

Whether you have prior experience of developing mobile applications or this is your first venture, all newcomers to Rhomobile will be able to quickly develop their own mobile application. This book is accessible for people who are completely new to Ruby, though having prior knowledge of it would be a huge advantage.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Rhomobile?
The Rhomobile family
Why Rhomobile is cutting edge
Rhomobile architecture
Chapter 2: Installation and Configuration—How to Start off
Rhomobile installations
Installing Rhomobile
Time for action – Installing on Windows
Time for action – Installing on Linux
Time for action – Installing on a Mac
Device SDK installation
Time for action – Installing Blackberry SDK
Time for action – Installing Android SDK
Time for action – Installing iPhone SDK
Time for action – Configuration
Time for action – Installing Development Environments—IDE
Chapter 3: Instant Gratification—Create Your First Application
Let's get started…
Time for action – Creating an employee application
Building your first Rhodes application
Time for action – Build it for different smart phones
Navigating the Directory Structure
Linking views to the homepage
Creation of a new page
Chapter 4: Rhom—Playing with the Local Database
What is ORM?
Exploring Rhom
Time for action – Creating a company model
Time for action – Creating an association between employee and company
Exploring methods available for Rhom
Time for action – Filtering record by company and gender
How Rhodes stores data
Chapter 5: RhoSync—Synchronizing Your Data
Generating a RhoSync application
Time for action – Creating a RhoSync application
RhoSync source adapters
Time for action – Creating source adapter
Configure the Rhodes application to connect to RhoSync
Time for action – Connecting the Rhodes application to RhoSync
Placing data in the Rhodes application from RhoSync
Time for action – Filling data from RhoSync
Connecting to Backend services
CRUD operation using RhoSync
Filtering datasets with search
Time for action – Filtering data with search
Chapter 6: Metadata and Push—Creating Agile Views
Getting ready for Metadata
Time for action – Installing the Rhodes translator gem
Creating the first view using metadata
Time for action – Creating an index page
Getting all the views for company from Metadata
Metadata validation
Custom templates
Push data to your phone
Testing Push in the Web Console
Chapter 7: Native User Interface—Cosmetics for Your Smart Phones
Device-specific style
Time for action – Adding device-specific style
Dynamic loading of custom view files based on the current platform
Standard smart phone CSS/HTML architecture
Application menu
Controller action menu
Native tab bar
Time for action – Creating tabs
BlackBerry CSS/HTML architecture
Loading screen
Time for action – Setting the loading Image
Adding transition styles for iPhone/Android
Time for action – Adding transaction animation
Chapter 8: Unit Testing and Logging—Writing Better Code
Unit testing
Time for action – Getting ready for testing the Rhodes application
Writing your first Rhodes unit test
Time for action – Writing the first test
Testing the RhoSync application
Time for a Action – Running the default test
Creating the first unit test for the RhoSync application
Time for action – Creating a unit test for the source adapter
Time for action – Configure logs for the Rhodes application
Where to find logs:
Pop quiz- Logging
RhoError class
Chapter 9: RhoHub—Deploying to Cloud
Installation and configuration
Time for action – Installation and configuration
Understanding basic Git
Creating a RhoHub project
Time for action – Creating a RhoHub project
Cloning and committing your Rhodes application
Time for action – Pushing Rhodes application
Deploying the RhoSync application
Time for action – Pushing the RhoSync application
RhoHub online editor
Creating builds for different phones from RhoHub
Time for action – Three steps to build the Rhodes code
Deploying the RhoSync application to RhoHub
Time for action – Three steps to deploy RhoSync
Time for action – Creating a gallery
Chapter 10: Rhodes power unleashed
System class
Time for action – Using the System class
Doing more things with System class
Time for action – Starting other applications
PIM contacts
Time for action – CRUD operations on contacts
Time for action – Capturing images
Time for action – Adding Geolocation
What just happened?
Time for action – Creating alerts
Other device capabilities

What You Will Learn

  • Install Rhomobile products on Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Create a basic Rhodes 3 application that interacts with the database
  • Fetch data from backend services and display it on your phone
  • Create a native User Interface for your chosen smartphone
  • Write unit test cases for your application
  • Deploy your Rhosync 2.1 application to Rhohub to create a build for your smartphone
  • Generate views from the server using Metadata
  • Make use of device capabilities such as Push and GPS

In Detail

The four Rhomobile products – Rhodes, Rhosync, RhoHub, and Rhogallery – provide a complete toolkit for creating a mobile application. Rhomobile is cross-platform and so allows you to build your application for many different types of smartphone – including iPhone and Blackberry – just with a single codebase. This makes it the most preferred and quickest way of developing mobile apps. As you create a native Rhomobile application, you can use the built-in device features such as GPS, Push, and Camera, all with offline capabilities.

Rhomobile Beginner's Guide is filled with practical examples to help you to create a mobile application from scratch. You can choose on which operating system to build, as well as for which smartphone to develop your application, giving you the freedom to create a customized mobile application quickly and easily.

Once you have learned how to install Rhomobile on Windows, Mac, or Linux, you will create a simple application, which will be used to explore the products of Rhomobile one by one. Things really get going when you write unit test cases for your application before deploying it to the server and making builds for your chosen Smartphone.

You will learn about the different aspects of Rhomobile, starting with Rhodes 3, which helps you to build a native mobile application. Rhosync 2.1 carries out the offline device capabilities and RhoHub deploys the code on the server and creates a build for the different smartphones.

Rhomobile Beginner's Guide gives you the freedom to create a mobile web application on the platform of your choice, for the smartphone of your choice.


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