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Android and iOS Mobile Device Development with Azure Mobile Services using HTML5 and JavaScript

, 10 May 2013 CPOL
Tutorial showing how to build an iOS or Android app using Azure Mobile Services with HTML5 and JavaScript in Visual Studio.
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
    <head>
        <title>Todo list: bjrtodolist</title>
        <link rel='stylesheet' href='style/styles.css' />
        <!--[if lt IE 9]><script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/html5shiv/3.6.1/html5shiv.js"></script><![endif]-->
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1" />
    </head>
    <body>
        <div id='wrapper'>
            <article>
                <header>
                    <h2>Windows Azure</h2>
                    <h1>Mobile Services</h1>

                    <form id='add-item'>
                        <button type='submit'>Add</button>
                        <div><input type='text' id='new-item-text' placeholder='Enter new task' /></div>
                    </form>
                </header>

                <ul id='todo-items'></ul>
                <p id='summary'>Loading...</p>
            </article>

            <footer>
                <a href='http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/'>
                    Learn more about Windows Azure Mobile Services
                </a>
            </footer>
        </div>

        <script src='scripts/jquery-1.9.1.min.js'></script>
        <script src='scripts/MobileServices.Web-1.0.0.min.js'></script>
        <script src='scripts/app.js'></script>
    </body>
</html>


<!--<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>Page Title</title>
    <script src="scripts/jquery-1.6.4.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="scripts/jquery.mobile-1.2.0.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="scripts/cordova.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <link rel="Stylesheet" href="style/jquery.mobile-1.2.0.min.css" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1" />
</head>
<body>
        <div data-role="page" id="page1">
            <div data-theme="e" data-role="header">
                <h3>
                    Welcome!
                </h3>
            </div>
            <div data-role="content">
                <div>
                    <b>
                        This is your Nomad project...
                    </b>
                </div>
                <ul data-role="listview" data-divider-theme="e" data-inset="true">
                    <li data-role="list-divider" role="heading">
                        Getting Started
                    </li>
                    <li data-theme="c">
                        <a href="http://www.vsnomad.com/documentation" target="_newtab">
                            Read the guide
                        </a>
                    </li>
                    <li data-theme="c">
                        <a href="http://vsnomad.zendesk.com/" target="_newtab">
                            Report a problem
                        </a>
                    </li>
                    <li data-theme="c">
                        Hit the build button and try it on a device!
                    </li>
                </ul>

                <hr />

                <ul data-role="listview" data-divider-theme="e">
                    <li data-role="list-divider" role="heading">
                        Device Information
                    </li>
                    <li>
                        <h3>Compass heading: <span id="heading">n/a</span></h3>
                        <p>Uses compass.watchHeading</p>
                    </li>
                    <li>
                        <h3>Connection type: <span id="connection">n/a</span></h3>
                        <p>Uses connection.type</p>
                    </li>
                    <li data-theme="c">
                        <h3>Contacts: <span id="contacts">n/a</span></h3>
                        <p>Uses navigator.contacts.find</p>
                    </li>
                    <li data-theme="c">
                        <h3>Device properties:</h3>
                        <p>Uses device.*</p>
                        <div id="deviceprops" style="font-size: 11px;">n/a</div>
                    </li>
                    <li data-theme="c">
                        <h3>Geolocation: <span id="geolocation">n/a</span></h3>
                        <p>Uses navigator.geolocation.watchPosition</p>
                    </li>
                    <li data-theme="c">
                        <img alt="" src="images/choosephoto.png" id="picture" /><button data-role="button" data-inline="true" onclick="showPictures();">
                            Choose a picture
                        </button>
                        <p><span id="geolocationerror"></span></p>
                    </li>
                </ul>
            </div>
            <div data-theme="a" data-role="footer">
            </div>

            <script type="text/javascript">
                function showPictures() {
                    navigator.camera.getPicture(function (imageURI) {
                        $('img#picture').attr('src', imageURI);
                    }, function (error) {
                        $('img#picture').replaceWith('<p>' + error + '</p>');
                    }, { sourceType: navigator.camera.PictureSourceType.PHOTOLIBRARY, destinationType: navigator.camera.DestinationType.FILE_URI });
                }

                $(function () {
                    var compassWatchID, geoWatchID;

                    document.addEventListener("deviceready", function () {
                        // Compass
                        compassWatchID = navigator.compass.watchHeading(function (heading) {
                            $('span#heading').html(heading.magneticHeading.toFixed(2) + '&#176;');
                        }, function (error) {
                            $('span#heading').text(error.code);
                        }, { frequency: 3000 });

                        // Connection
                        var networkState = navigator.network.connection.type,
                            states = {};

                        states[Connection.UNKNOWN] = 'Unknown';
                        states[Connection.ETHERNET] = 'Ethernet';
                        states[Connection.WIFI] = 'WiFi';
                        states[Connection.CELL_2G] = 'Cell 2G';
                        states[Connection.CELL_3G] = 'Cell 3G';
                        states[Connection.CELL_4G] = 'Cell 4G';
                        states[Connection.NONE] = 'No network';

                        $('span#connection').text(states[networkState]);

                        // Contacts
                        navigator.contacts.find(['id'], function (contacts) {
                            $('span#contacts').text(contacts.length + ' found');
                        }, function (error) {
                            $('span#contacts').text(error.code);
                        }, { multiple: true });

                        // Device properties
                        $('div#deviceprops').html(
                            '<strong>Name:</strong> ' + device.name + '<br/>' +
                            '<strong>Cordova version:</strong> ' + device.cordova + '<br/>' +
                            '<strong>Platform:</strong> ' + device.platform + '<br/>' +
                            '<strong>UUID:</strong> ' + device.uuid + '<br/>' +
                            '<strong>Version:</strong> ' + device.version + '<br/>'
                        );

                        // Geolocation
                        geoWatchID = navigator.geolocation.watchPosition(function (position) {
                            $('span#geolocation').text(position.coords.latitude.toFixed(2) + 'N, ' + position.coords.longitude.toFixed(2) + 'E');
                        }, function (error) {
                            $('span#geolocationerror').text(error.code + ': ' + error.message);
                        }, { frequency: 3000 });
                    });
                } ());
            </script>
        </div>
</body>
</html>
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Bart Read
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Bart is a web and database performance consultant specialising in .NET, SQL Server, and JavaScript across both desktop and mobile platforms.

He is the author and main contributor of the Dapper.SimpleLoad and Dapper.SimpleSave extensions for StackExchange's Dapper microORM, both of which are available on Nuget.

Formerly he spent almost 10 years at Red Gate Software, with several years in the company's .NET Developer Tools division leading the development team that built ANTS Performance Profiler (Red Gate's .NET and SQL Server performance profiling tool), and ANTS Memory Profiler (their .NET memory profiler). He also lead development of well known tools such as SQL Prompt and .NET Reflector.

He can be found at www.bartread.com, and maintains a free online games site at arcade.ly, where he hosts HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS versions of classic arcade games such as Star Castle (his version is called Star Citadel) that he uses to illustrate principles of high performance client-side development.

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