TouchDevelop: Programming on the Go by R. Nigel Horspool; Nikolai Tillmann

By R. Nigel Horspool; Nikolai Tillmann

"The ebook is superb! it is transparent and straightforward to learn, with a great deal of examples that confirmed my scholars what to do."

-- Larry Snyder, Emeritus Professor, college of Washington, division of laptop technological know-how and Engineering

“Having the TouchDevelop e-book to be had made our occasions rather a lot more uncomplicated. scholars may perhaps determine issues out for themselves with support from the book.”

-- Jennifer Marsman, Microsoft significant Developer Evangelist

Mobiledevices equivalent to smartphones and pills are set to turn into the most computersthat almost everybody will personal and hold with them normally. And yet,mobile units should not but used for all computing initiatives. A venture at MicrosoftResearch was once created to reply to an easy query: “It is feasible to createinteresting apps without delay on a phone or capsule, with out utilizing a separatePC or a keyboard?” the result's TouchDevelop, a programming setting thatruns on all sleek cellular units corresponding to home windows cell, iPhone, iPad, Androidphones and capsules, and in addition on computers and Macs.

This ebook walks you thru the entire monitors of the TouchDevelop app, and itpoints out similarities and variations of the TouchDevelop language comparedto different programming languages. For clients, the booklet can function a handyreference subsequent to the telephone. The publication systematically addresses all programminglanguage constructs, ranging from the very simple constructs reminiscent of variablesand loops. The booklet additionally explores the various telephone sensors and knowledge sourceswhich make developing apps for cellular units so rewarding.

while you are new to programming with TouchDevelop, or when you've got now not but workedon touchscreen units, we recommend that you just learn the booklet ranging from Chapter1. when you are already accustomed to the elemental paradigm of the TouchDevelopprogramming atmosphere, then be happy to leap forward to the later chaptersthat handle specific subject areas.

This ebook is written from theperspective of anyone constructing their code utilizing an internet browser. TheTouchDevelop net App runs in lots of smooth browsers on many alternative devicesincluding smartphones and drugs, Macs, computing device. All screenshots and navigationinstructions confer with the TouchDevelop net App operating in a browser. ForWindows cell, there's a committed TouchDevelop app within the home windows mobilephone Storewhich offers entry to many extra sensors and information resources. beginning with theTouchDevelop app v3.0 for home windows telephone eight, the telephone app will percentage the samelook and navigation constitution and all positive factors of the net App.

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Figure 3-3 gives a few examples of composite values being displayed. 4 Output of media values Each media value is displayed on the screen in a manner appropriate for the datatype. In the case of a Song or a Song Album value, there is also a play button displayed. Tapping that play button causes the song or the song album to be played. A summary of what is displayed for each datatype is given in Table 3-1. Table 3-1: Display of media values Datatype Picture Board Song Sound Picture Album Song Album What is displayed The picture, resized if necessary to fit the screen.

They provide the script writer with the tools to develop sophisticated user interfaces. Pages are added to a script in a similar way to actions or events and, like them, contain statements to be executed. A syntactic construct boxed is used as a wrapper for statement lists inside a page, where those statements create the content and style of a rectangular region of the screen display. Pages and the boxed construct are covered in detail in Chapter 10. 8 Creating library scripts When a script’s properties are edited, there is an opportunity to tick a box labeled ‘this script is a library’.

A sequence of all pictures in the album. A play button plus whichever of these items if available: total duration, artist, name of album, the album cover, number of tracks. 5 The wall | 41 Output of social values Each value managed by the social API is displayed in a manner appropriate for the datatype. The Contact and Link values include buttons which can be tapped to initiate a phone call or send a message. A summary of what is displayed for each datatype is given in Table 3-2. 6 What is displayed The date, time and details of the appointment.

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