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iPhone Application Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843345824, 9781780630540

iPhone Application Development

1st Edition

Strategies for Efficient Mobile Design and Delivery

Author: Jim Hahn
eBook ISBN: 9781780630540
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345824
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 14th January 2011
Page Count: 184
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Table of Contents


List of figures


About the author


Technology specs

Chapter 1: Framing concepts for the iPhone as media with the historical continuity of computing best practice

What this book is about

Framing concepts


Chapter 2: Beginning Dashcode development: remediating an RSS feed to the iPhone

User narrative: how a library patron will use an RSS app

The Dashcode design interface

Provide an RSS feed

Customizing other application attributes

Web Clip

Test and share

Iterating design based on user feedback

Your app is now ready for the iTunes App Store


Chapter 3: Basic Dashcode development: creating a Podcast application

User narrative: envisioning how a library patron will use the podcast app

iPhone podcast app design theory

Create a podcast feed

Customize the podcast template

Dashcode workflow step 1: provide podcast

Dashcode workflow step 2: set attributes

Dashcode workflow step 3: design webclip icon

Dashcode workflow step 4: test and share

Iteration based on use: questions to ask users about this app


Appendix 3.1 – Using Garageband for podcast creation or modification

Appendix 3.2 – XML stylesheet modification

Chapter 4: Intermediate Dashcode development: video tour iPhone application

User narrative: how a library user will use the Video Tour app

Design theory: further description of a datasource

Customize the layout in canvas view

Dashcode workflow step 1: layout interface

Dashcode workflow step 2: customize data by editing the data source

Bindings of the data source

Dashcode workflow step 3: add handlers and code

Dashcode workflow step 4: design web clip icon

Dashcode workflow step 5: test and share

Iteration based on use: questions to ask users about this app


Chapter 5: Designing with Dashcode: using the Custom template

Functional tasks of the custom iPhone app

User narrative: envisioning how a library user will use the infoPoint app1

Dashcode workflow step 1: lay out interface

Dashcode workflow step 2: add handlers and code

Associate a data source with page elements

Iteration based on use

Chapter 6: Designing a Utility application with Dashcode

User narrative: envisioning how a library patron will use the utility app

Dashcode step 1: lay out front side

Dashcode workflow step 2: provide settings

Iterate design

Chapter 7: Introduction to the Xcode module


The Xcode interface


Chapter 8: Using the PhoneGap framework within Xcode

The PhoneGap folders

Place your Dashcode files into the PhoneGap WWW folder

Getting the binary onto the iTunes App Store

Setting the Active SDK and Active Configuration for Distribution


Chapter 9: The future of the iPhone operating system and future mobile computing devices


Access to software: iTunes App Store integration and the iPad

Hardware of the future

What is next for mobile computing?


Appendix 1 A safety framework for mobile computing

Appendix 2 iPhone orientation



iPhone application development is explained here in an accessible treatment for the generalist Library and Information Science (LIS) practitioner. Future information-seeking practices by users will take place across a diverse array of ubiquitous computing devices. iPhone applications represent one of the most compelling new platforms for which to remediate and re-engineer library service. Strategies of efficient mobile design and delivery include adapting computing best practices of data independence and adhering to web standards as articulated by the W3C. These best practices apply across the diverse range of handheld devices and accompanying software development tools. This book is essentially a how-to guide for application development, laying out foundational principles and then moving toward practical implementations.

Key Features

  • Overview and step-by-step development guide with Web Based Applications (the Dash code application)
  • Overview and step-by-step development guide using the Native Application Developer (the Xcode application)
  • Explaining principles of portability and transferability of systems


General LIS practitioners interested in making iPhone applications and seeking to understand best practices for developing in this new domain


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About the Author

Jim Hahn

Jim Hahn, Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is an award winning author of articles on mobile computing, has convened national discussion forums for librarians interested in mobile learning and has presented on mobile computing research at international conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA