Tuesday, November 25, 2014
LiveCode Mobile Development Cookbook
In K12 education today, the emphasis on teaching students and universal common set of learning standards, coupled with the ability to develop unique solutions to open ended problems lends itself to coding and computer programming. There are a plethora of apps and software tools that provide students with some of the fundamentals and programmatic thinking principles necessary for learning to code/program. However, these tools do a great job at providing the underlying thinking, but not so good a job of allowing learners to develop working applications ready for public distribution to the most common computer platform, mobile computing.
Edward Lavieri's new book, LiveCode Mobile Development Cookbook does a great job of supporting learners beyond the programmatic thinking and into real app development using LiveCode. The book does a nice job of scaffolding the learning from the initial configurations for developing, for both the iOS and Android platforms, all the way up to utilizing databases within your app for storing and retrieving data. The later chapters of the book focus on providing modules for standardized mobile user interfaces and for including multimedia components in your apps.
The book assumes some prior familiarity with LiveCode, but presents its content in manageable chunks, with easy to follow and well documented tutorials.
I would recommend this book for anyone ready to take their programming beyond the theoretical and into actual app development stage. This book easily supports a second tier coding/programming class, where students have mastered introductory concepts and are ready put that thinking to use in developing actual solutions. (https://www.packtpub.com/application-development/livecode-mobile-development-cookbook)