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We have started looking at Appcelerator’s Titanium Mobile SDK for developing iPhone and Android apps using Javascript…unfortunately they still have a ways to go with the promise of being cross-platform in supporting iPhone and Android with a single code base.  However if you are just targeting iPhone, then you must take a look at the latest Titanium 1.6 SDK.

We did however find a vital UI component missing from Titanium – the ability to view remote images (thumbnails) in a grid-like fashion with built in paging.  We knew that this would be a showstopper for us so I took a stab at building my own by wiring together pieces of the current Titanium UI components.  To try it out just follow the getting started instructions on Appcelerator’s site and then copy and paste the code below into the app.js file that is generated for you.  Please note that this only works on a Mac since it’s targeting the iPhone.  And it’s not the prettiest code and could use some refactoring before going prime-time.

The thumbnail viewer requires a plixi user id.  It uses this id to call the plixi api and retrieve a user’s uploaded photos for viewing as thumbnails.  The example below uses Arsenio Hall’s plixi id 🙂

function createThumbnailViewer(props) {

 var that = {};
 var xhr = Titanium.Network.createHTTPClient();

 var photosWindow = Titanium.UI.createWindow({
   fullscreen:false,
   backgroundColor:'#fff',
   title:props.title
 });
 that.window = photosWindow;

 var refreshButton = Ti.UI.createButton({
   title:'Refresh',
   width:40,
   height:30
 });
 var photosContainer = Titanium.UI.createView();

 var imageUrlLists = [];
 var index = -1;
 var total = 0;

 var heightSpacer = 3.5;
 var widthSpacer = 8;
 var topOffset = heightSpacer;
 var imageDim = 70;
 var pageSize = 20;
 for (var i = 0,count = pageSize; i < count; i += 4) {
   var leftOffset = widthSpacer;
   for (var j = 0; j < 4; j++) {
     var photoView = Ti.UI.createImageView({
       top:topOffset,
       left:leftOffset,
       height:imageDim,
       width:imageDim
     });
     photosContainer.add(photoView);
     leftOffset += imageDim + widthSpacer;
   }
   topOffset += imageDim + heightSpacer;
 }

 photosWindow.add(photosContainer);

 var flexSpace = Titanium.UI.createButton({
   systemButton:Titanium.UI.iPhone.SystemButton.FLEXIBLE_SPACE
 });

 var previousButton = Ti.UI.createButton({
   title:'Prev',
   width:50,
   height:10
 });
 previousButton.addEventListener('click', function() {
   previous();
 });
 var nextButton = Ti.UI.createButton({
   title:'Next',
   width:50,
   height:10
 });
 nextButton.addEventListener('click', function() {
   next();
 });
 var nativespinner = Titanium.UI.createButton({
   systemButton:Titanium.UI.iPhone.SystemButton.SPINNER
 });

 var labelContainer = Ti.UI.createView({width:100,height:20});

 var label = Ti.UI.createLabel({
 color:'#fff'
 });

 labelContainer.add(label);

 photosWindow.toolbar = [previousButton, flexSpace, labelContainer, flexSpace, nextButton];

 refreshButton.addEventListener('click', function() {
   that.start();
 });

 that.start = function() {
   index = -1;
   imageUrlLists = [];
   total = 0;
   next();
 }

 photosWindow.rightNavButton = refreshButton;

 function next() {
   index++;
   if (index >= imageUrlLists.length) {
     load();
   } else {
     applyImageUrls();
   }
 }

 function previous() {
   index--;
   if (index >= 0) {
     applyImageUrls();
   }
 }

 function applyImageUrls() {
   var imageUrlList = imageUrlLists[index];
   label.text = (index * pageSize + imageUrlList.length) + " of " + total;
   var photos = photosContainer.children;
   var i = 0,count = imageUrlList.length;
   while (i < count) {
     photos[i].image = imageUrlList[i];
     i++;
   }
   if (count < pageSize) {
     while (i < pageSize) {
       photos[i].image = null;
       i++;
     }
   }
   previousButton.enabled = index > 0;
   nextButton.enabled = imageUrlLists.length * pageSize <= total;
 }

 function load() {
   xhr.onload = function() {
     var json = JSON.parse(this.responseText);
     var list = json.List;
     total = json.CollectionCount;
     var imageUrlList = [];
     var i = 0, count = list.length;
     while (i < count) {
       imageUrlList[i] = list[i].ThumbnailUrl;
       i++;
     }
     imageUrlLists[index] = imageUrlList;
     photosWindow.toolbar = [previousButton, flexSpace, labelContainer, flexSpace, nextButton];
     applyImageUrls();
   };
   previousButton.enabled = false;
   nextButton.enabled = false;
   photosWindow.toolbar = [previousButton, flexSpace, nativespinner, flexSpace, nextButton];
   var url = "http://api.plixi.com/api/tpapi.svc/json/users/"+props.plixiUserId+"/photos?getcount=true&ps=" + pageSize + "&ind=" + (index * pageSize);
   Ti.API.info("Calling url  = " + url);
   xhr.open("GET", url);
   xhr.send();
 }
 return that;
}

var thumbnailViewer = createThumbnailViewer({
 plixiUserId:'6236650',
 title:'Aresenio Hall'
});

var navGroup = Ti.UI.iPhone.createNavigationGroup({
 window:thumbnailViewer.window
});

var main = Ti.UI.createWindow();
main.add(navGroup);
main.open();

thumbnailViewer.start();
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  • Dave: I can tell you're a ruby guy because you forgot the 'return' keyword. Thanks for the tip though!
  • Chandrashekhar H M: Hi, Thanks its working fine in iOS 6 but not in iOS 7.0. Any Suggestion on this.
  • Coeur: To change a rootViewController, without all this TVNavigationController : myNewRoot = [[UIViewController alloc] init]; myNavigationController.view