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iOS Development using MonoTouch Cookbook

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The book is written in a cookbook style, presenting examples in the style of recipes, allowing you to go directly to your topic of interest, or follow topics throughout a chapter to gain in-depth knowledge. This book is essential for C# and .NET developers with no previous experience in iOS development and Objective-C developers that want to make a transition to the benefits of MonoTouch and the C# language, for creating complete, compelling iPhone, iPod and iPad applications and deploying them to the App Store.
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Table of Contents

iOS Development Using MonoTouch Cookbook

Credits

About the Author

About the Reviewers

www.PacktPub.com

Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more

Why Subscribe?

Free Access for Packt account holders

Preface

What this book covers

What you need for this book

Who this book is for

Conventions

Reader feedback

Customer support

Downloading the example code

Errata

Piracy

Questions

1. Development Tools

Introduction

Installing pre-requisites

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Useful links

Updates

See also

Creating an iPhone project with MonoDevelop

Getting ready...

How to do it...

How it works...

MyFirstiPhoneProjectViewController.xib

MyFirstiPhoneProjectViewController.cs

MyFirstiPhoneProjectViewController.designer.cs

AppDelegate.cs

Main.cs

Info.plist

There's more...

List of MonoTouch assemblies

See also

Interface builder

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

More info

See also

Creating the UI

Getting ready

How to do it...

Add a label

Add a button

How it works...

There's more...

Setting titles on buttons

See also

Accessing the UI with outlets

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Adding outlets through code

See also

Adding actions

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

Compiling

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

iPhone build options

iPhone application options

There's more...

Linker usage

See also

Debugging our application

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Application performance when debugging

Breakpoints in the FinishedLaunching method

See also

2. User Interface: Views

Introduction

Adding and customizing views

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Adding views programmatically

View content layout

See also

Receiving user input with buttons

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Creating custom buttons

See also

Using labels to display text

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

UILabel fonts

See also

Displaying images

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Using images for different screen sizes

See also

Displaying and editing text

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

Using the keyboard

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

Displaying progress

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

Displaying content larger than the screen

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

UIScrollView events

See also

Navigating through content divided into pages

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Proper usage of the UIPageControl

See also

Displaying a toolbar

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Setting a UIToolbar's items programmatically

See also

Creating a custom view

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

3. User Interface: View Controllers

Introduction

Loading a view with a view controller

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

UIViewController methods to override

See also

Navigating through different view controllers

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Managing navigation bar buttons

See also

Providing controllers in tabs

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Useful UITabBarController properties

Important note on tab bar interfaces

See also

Creating a table controller

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

UITableViewController-specific property

See also

Modal view controllers

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Accessing a modal controller

How many modal controllers?

See also

Creating a custom view controller

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Subclassing view controllers from XIBs

See also

Using view controllers efficiently

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

Combining different view controllers

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

iPad view controllers

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

iPad-specific controller usage

See also

Creating a user interface for different devices

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

4. Data Management

Introduction

Creating files

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Documents Folder

See also

Creating an SQLite database

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

SQL table creation

See also

Inserting and updating data

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

SQLite performance

See also

Querying an SQLite database

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Query performance

See also

Using an already existing SQLite database

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

Storing data with serialization

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Serializable objects

See also

Storing data with XML

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Deserialization

See also

Managing XML data with LINQ to XML

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Anonymous types in LINQ

See also

5. Displaying Data

Introduction

Providing lists

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

More information on UIPickerView customization

Date and time selection

See also

Displaying data in a table

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

UITableView styles

See also

Customizing rows

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Other useful properties of the UITableViewCell class

See also

Editing a table: deleting rows

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Row removal animations

See also

Editing a table: inserting rows

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Row re-ordering

See also

Table indexing

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

Searching through the data

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Providing search functionality to other controllers.

See also

Creating a simple web browser

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Scaling content

See also

Displaying local content

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Navigating through content

UIWebView supported files

See also

Displaying formatted text

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Allowing specific links

See also

Displaying documents

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

6. Web Services

Introduction

Consuming web services

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

XSP shutdown

See also

Invoking web services

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Error handling

See also

Consuming WCF services

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

More information on MonoDevelop's WCF support

WCF service creation

See also

Reading JSON data

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Serialization

See also

7. Multimedia Resources

Introduction

Selecting images and videos

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Picking videos

See also

Capturing media with the camera

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Image editing

See also

Playing video

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Wireless streaming

See also

Playing music and sounds

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Playing sound files

See also

Recording with the microphone

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Record for a pre-defined amount of time

See also

Managing multiple album items directly

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Reading EXIF data

Retrieving individual assets

See also

8. Integrating iOS Features

Introduction

Starting phone calls

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

More info on OpenUrl

See also

Sending text messages and e-mails

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

More info on opening external applications

See also

Using text messaging in our application

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

SMS only

Using e-mail messaging in our application

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Action sheet for drafts

See also

Managing the address book

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Adding a phone number to a contact

Displaying contacts

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Other address book controllers

See also

Managing the calendar

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Info on calendars

See also

9. Interacting with Device Hardware

Introduction

Detecting device orientation

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Device orientation and user interface orientation

See also

Adjusting UI orientation

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

User interface orientation on the simulator

See also

Proximity sensor

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Sensor support

See also

Retrieving battery information

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Disabling battery monitoring

See also

Handling motion events

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

More info motion events

See also

Handling touch events

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Getting the tap count

See also

Recognizing gestures

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Advantage of gesture recognizers

See also

Custom gestures

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Another usage of custom gesture recognizers

See also

Using the accelerometer

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Consideration using the accelerometer

See also

Using the gyroscope

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Determining gyroscope availability

Converting radians to degrees

See also

10. Location Services and Maps

Introduction

Determining location

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

GPS accuracy

Location services availability

Location services usage indicator

See also

Determining heading

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Magnetic versus true heading

Compass availability

See also

Using region monitoring

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Region monitoring availability

See also

Using significant-change location service

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Significant-change location service availability

See also

Location services in the background

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Restricting to supported hardware

See also

Displaying maps

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Things to have in mind when using MapKit

See also

Geocoding

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Things to have in mind when using the MKReverseGeocoder class

See also

Adding map annotations

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Annotation performance

See also

Adding map overlays

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Creating custom overlays

Standard overlay objects

See also

11. Graphics and Animation

Introduction

Animating Views

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

UIKit animations and iOS versions

Animatable properties

Transforming views

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Transformation and frame

See also

Animation with images

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Checking for animation

See also

Animating layers

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Layers

See also

Drawing lines and curves

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Graphics context on a UIImageView

See also

Drawing shapes

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Transparent colors

See also

Drawing text

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Size of drawn text

See also

A simple drawing application

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Clear the drawing

See also

Creating an image context

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Drawing on UIImageView

Background on saved drawings

See also

12. Multitasking

Introduction

Detecting application states

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Support for multitasking

Proper usage

Receiving notifications for application states

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Removing notification observers

See also

Running code in the background

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Important considerations for background code

See also

Playing audio in the background

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Background state for audio

See also

Network connectivity maintenance

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Combining items for the UIBackgroundModes key

See also

13. Localization

Introduction

Creating an application for different languages

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Localization in real-world application scenarios

Localizable resources

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

More info on localizable resources

See also

Regional formatting

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

14. Deploying

Introduction

Creating profiles

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Provisioning profiles expiration

See also

Creating an ad-hoc distribution bundle

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Syncing ad-hoc app bundles with iTunes

See also

Preparing an application for the App Store

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Lighting effect on icons

See also

Submitting to the App Store

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

See also

15. iOS 5 Features

Introduction

Reproducing the page curl effect

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Double sided pages

Styling views

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Specific properties

Twitter integration

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Supporting landscape orientation

Working with the split keyboard

Getting ready

How to do it...

How it works...

There's more...

Problems moving the keyboard?

Index

iOS Development Using MonoTouch Cookbook


iOS Development Using MonoTouch Cookbook

Copyright © 2011 Packt Publishing

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Credits

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Reviewers

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About the Author

Dimitris Tavlikos discovered that computer programming was a passion during his school days. He knew this was what he wanted to do ever since he participated in a course for a few hours a week and learned how to write simple console programs on monochrome monitors.

While working as a programmer for a major IT company in Greece, he stumbled upon the quite promising and new language at the time, named C#. When MonoTouch was released, providing .NET developers with the ability to create software for the iOS platform, he was overwhelmed by the potential it offered.

With almost 10 years of professional programming experience with .NET and Mono, he now works as a freelance C# and MonoTouch software developer and offers his expertise to various projects for companies around the world.

In his spare time, he enjoys blogging about his adventures in coding (http://software.tavlikos.com) and tries to fill his camera's memory cards.

About the Reviewers

Jayant Varma, is the founder of OZ Apps, an Australian consultancy specializing in mobile development, training, and consulting. He had been involved with mobile devices in 2000, when Microsoft first released the Compaq iPaq (PocketPC).

He started his career in IT as a developer and then managed the IT departments for the BMW and Nissan dealerships in a couple of countries. His enterprising work demonstrated the gap and the niche that existed for mobile devices.

He is working on a Lua Cookbook for CoronaSDK developers and intends to write a book for beginners on game development principals.

Andreas Zimnas, was born in Kaufbeuren, Germany in 1982. Later, he moved with his parents to Edessa, Greece where he finished high school. In 2007, he graduated from the Technological Institute of Thessaloniki, obtaining his degree in software development, after a four-year attendance. While a student, his paper Instructional Design E-Learning Systems was presented in the 3rd International Scientific Conference eRA in September 2008 and in the World Congress on Science, WCSET 2009, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in January 2009. He is now attending the Master's program in Applied Informatics at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. Mr. Zimnas is currently employed as a software developer for a private company in Thessaloniki, Greece, developing applications for the .NET platform. He is also developing applications for the iOS platform, having currently published six applications.

Chris Fletcher, as a long-time Apple fan with extensive programming experience, has developed and beta tested many applications spanning various programming languages. Recently starting his own company, Empoc, LLC, Chris now develops applications mostly for the Mac App Store and iOS devices. Chris also spends time on his blog, chris-fletcher.com, writing tutorials and reviews. Most importantly, though, Chris values his time with his family.

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Preface

Technology is advancing quite rapidly. Portable devices, such as media players, smartphones, and tablets, have brought huge advancements and changes in the way people communicate, share, and consume digital content. Developers need to be up-to-date with the available platforms these devices work on, if they want to be part of the game.

iOS, Apple’s operating system for its own portable devices, is undoubtedly one of the leading portable platforms today. If it weren’t for MonoTouch, .NET developers would have to spend time to learn a new programming language to expand their creativity to the iOS ecosystem.

This book, through a series of multiple recipes and with an almost equal number of complete projects, will help you become part of this ecosystem, with the help of MonoTouch and C#. When you finish reading it, you will be a capable iOS developer, ready to unleash your creativity to one of the most popular portable platforms today.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Development Tools, will walk you through all the available IDEs and SDKs that you will need for using MonoTouch for iOS development. You will create your first MonoTouch project and learn how to debug on the simulator.

Chapter 2, User Interface: Views, introduces the concept of views and how they are part of a complete iOS application. Exploring a large number of various view components, you will create different applications that will help you understand how each component works.

Chapter 3, User Interface: View Controllers, discusses the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern and how to use it to create applications suitable for enhanced user experience. Through this chapter, you will also learn about the most useful controllers, which will be part of many of your projects in the future, and how to create iPad-specific and universal applications.

Chapter 4, Data Management, will walk you through a series of techniques that will allow you to incorporate data management in your applications. You will learn how to use SQLite databases, XML, LINQ-to-XML, and Serialization, formerly only available to .NET desktop and web projects.

Chapter 5, Displaying Data, expands on the available components to display data effectively on the smaller-than-desktop screens of iOS devices. You will get accustomed to using the UITableView for displaying lists of data, as well as the UIWebView for HTML (and more) content.

Chapter 6, Web Services, discusses creating applications that communicate online to exchange data. With the help of MonoTouch, you will not only learn how to use common .NET and WCF web services in iOS applications, but also how to read and parse JSON objects.

Chapter 7, Multimedia Resources, will teach you to create applications that capture, reproduce, and manage multimedia content through the device’s hardware. You will not only learn to use the camera to capture images and video, but also how to play back and record audio.

Chapter 8, Integrating iOS Features, will walk you through the ways to incorporate the platform’s native applications and components. You will learn how to provide e-mail, text messaging, and address book features in your application and how to use the native calendar to create events.

Chapter 9, Interacting with Device Hardware, discusses creating applications that are fully aware of their surrounding environment, through the device’s sensors. You will learn to adjust the user interface according to device orientations and how to respond to accelerometer and gyroscope events.

Chapter 10, Location Services and Maps, is a detailed guide for using the built-in location services to create applications that provide location information to the user. You will not only learn how to use the GPS hardware, but also how to display maps and layout information.

Chapter 11, Graphics and Animation, introduces 2D graphics and animation. You will learn to animate components and create simple graphics. By the end of this chapter, you will create a small finger-drawing application.

Chapter 12, Multitasking, will walk you through the details for implementing multitasking in iOS applications, which helps enhance user experience by executing code behind the scenes.

Chapter 13, Localization, discusses providing localized content in applications. You will learn how to prepare your application to target users worldwide.

Chapter 14, Deploying, will not only walk you through the required steps to deploy your finished application to devices, but also to prepare and distribute it to the App Store.

Chapter 15, iOS 5 Features, discusses some of the many new features that were introduced with the latest iOS version, such as page-curl content navigation, split keyboard for the iPad, and styling multiple views easily.

What you need for this book

The minimum requirement for this book is a Mac computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.*) or Lion (10.7.*). Almost all projects you will create with the help of this book work on the iOS Simulator. However, some projects will require a device to work correctly. You will find all the appropriate details in Chapter 1, Development Tools.

Who this book is for

This book is essential for C# and .NET developers with no previous experience in iOS development and Objective-C developers that want to make a transition to the benefits of MonoTouch and the C# language for creating complete, compelling iPhone, iPod, and iPad applications and deploying them to the App Store.

Conventions

In this book, you will find a number of styles of text that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text are shown as follows: Apple provides another base class, the UIViewController, which is responsible for managing views.

A block of code is set as follows:

public override void ViewDidLoad (){

  base.ViewDidLoad();

  this.myLabel.Text = View loaded!;

}

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

public override void ViewDidLoad (){

  base.ViewDidLoad ();

  UIButton.Appearance.BackgroundColor = UIColor.Gray;

  UIButton.Appearance.SetTitleColor(UIColor.White, UIControlState.Normal);

  this.buttonPresent.TouchUpInside += delegate(object sender, EventArgs e) {

    this.PresentModalViewController(new ModalController(), true);

  } ;

}

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