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TouchDevelop

Programming on the Go

Authors: Horspool, Nigel, Tillmann, Nikolai, Bishop, Judith

  • With all the people in the world who have only access to a smartphone but not a PC or a keyboard, creating a programming environment for developing in that environment became a reality with TouchDevelop from Microsoft Research. This book is meant to be a handy reference to this unique programming environment.

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About this book

"The book is great! It's clear and easy to read, with loads of examples that showed my students what to do."       

-- Larry Snyder, Emeritus Professor, University of Washington, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

“Having the TouchDevelop book available made our events so much easier. Students could figure things out for themselves with help from the book.”

-- Jennifer Marsman, Microsoft Principal Developer Evangelist

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are set to become the main computers that virtually all people will own and carry with them at all times. And yet,mobile devices are not yet used for all computing tasks. A project at Microsoft Research was created to answer a simple question: “It is possible to create interesting apps directly on a smartphone or tablet, without using a separate PC or a keyboard?” The result is TouchDevelop, a programming environment that runs on all modern mobile devices such as Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and also on PCs and Macs.

This book walks you through all of the screens of the TouchDevelop app, and it points out similarities and differences of the TouchDevelop language compared to other programming languages. For users, the book can serve as a handyreference next to the phone. The book systematically addresses all programming language constructs, starting from the very basic constructs such as variables and loops. The book also explores many of the phone sensors and data sources which make creating apps for mobile devices so rewarding.

If you are new to programming with TouchDevelop, or if you have not yet worked on touchscreen devices, we suggest that you read the book starting from Chapter 1. If you are already familiar with the basic paradigm of the TouchDevelop programming environment, then feel free to jump ahead to the later chapters that address particular topic areas.

This book is written from the perspective of a person developing their code using a web browser. The TouchDevelop Web App runs in many modern browsers on many different devices including smartphones and tablets, Macs, PC. All screenshots and navigation instructions refer to the TouchDevelop Web App running in a browser. For Windows Phone, there is a dedicated TouchDevelop app in the Windows Phone Store which gives access to many more sensors and data sources. Starting with the TouchDevelop app v3.0 for Windows Phone 8, the phone app will share the same look and navigation structure and all features of the Web App.

About the authors

Nigel Horspool is a professor of computer science at the University of Victoria. His main focus for research and teaching has been programming languages and compilers. He is the author or co-author of three books, which cover the C language, Unix and the C# language. He is currently the co- editor of the journal Software: Practice and Experience . He has a PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada in Computer Science.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction to TouchDevelop

    Horspool, R. Nigel (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • The Scripting Language

    Horspool, R. Nigel (et al.)

    Pages 11-36

  • The Wall – using the screen

    Horspool, R. Nigel (et al.)

    Pages 37-52

  • The Web

    Horspool, R. Nigel (et al.)

    Pages 53-69

  • Audio

    Horspool, R. Nigel (et al.)

    Pages 73-81

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-1-4302-6137-7
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Softcover $24.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4302-6136-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
TouchDevelop
Book Subtitle
Programming on the Go
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Nigel Horspool and Nikolai Tillmann and Judith Bishop
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-6137-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-6137-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4302-6136-0
Edition Number
3
Number of Pages
XIX, 270
Number of Illustrations and Tables
69 b/w illustrations
Topics