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Alloy Release Notes

Release 1.8.0

Fixed

  • ALOY-1365: Added support for Alloy-specific i18n and platform folders for both the whole Alloy app and overridable at the theme level. Improved widget i18n support.

Release 1.7.6 - (08/26/2015)

Fixed

  • CLI-768: Alloy app fails to build on Windows with error "Alloy compiler failed"

Release 1.7.5 - (08/21/2015)

Fixed

  • ALOY-1300: iOS Assets Catalog inconsistency between Alloy and Classic

Release 1.7.4 - (08/18/2015)

Changed

  • ALOY-1239: Set Node 0.10 as minimum supported version

Fixed

  • ALOY-1299: Cannot build a new project for iOS due to missing appicons
  • ALOY-1226: To Do sample app - validate() fails to prevent invalid (empty) items from being added

Release 1.7.2 - (07/29/2015)

Fixed

  • ALOY-1288: Windows: Label not visible when using default app.tss
  • ALOY-1287: Alloy styles compilation does not produce the same results across successive compilations

Release 1.7.1 - (07/21/2015)

Added

  • ALOY-1280: Support CommandBar in XML markup on Windows

Fixed

  • ALOY-1214: Button in Inheritance sample app difficult to click on iOS

Release 1.6.2 - (06/11/2015)

Alloy 1.6.2 is a patch release addressing high-priority issues from previous releases.

Fixed Issues

  • ALOY-1272: Building an Alloy project with the Titanium CLI on Windows fails

Release 1.6.0 - (05/21/2015)

Full list of Issues that were addressed in Release 1.6.0

Behavior Changes

To prepare for forthcoming Windows Phone support, Alloy and the Titaium SDK now support the windows subfolder to include assets only for Windows Phone applications. If have existing windows subfolders, you will need to rename them and update any paths.

New Features

Backbone 1.1.2 Support

Alloy 1.6.0 introduces support for Backbone 1.1.2. Due to breaking changes from Backbone 0.9.2 to 1.1.2, Alloy still uses Backbone 0.9.2 as its default Model and Collection implementation. You will need to update the configuration file to use the newer Backbone library, then update your application to fix the breaking behavior changes and take advantage of the new Backbone features.

In the future, Backbone 1.1.2 will become the default and 0.9.2 support will be deprecated and eventually removed.

For details, see the Alloy Backbone Migration guide.

CLI extract-i18n command

The Alloy CLI extract-i18n command now extracts localized strings from the XML files, in addition to the JavaScript and TSS files, to populate the strings.xml file.

Underscore 1.6.0 Upgrade

The underscore.js library was upgraded from version 1.4.4 to version 1.6.0.

Windows Phone Support

To prepare for forthcoming Windows Phone support, Alloy added several conditionals to support logic, UI elements and assets to only be included with Windows Phone applications.

  • In controllers, use the OS_WINDOWS constant.
  • In XML and TSS files, assign the platform attribute of UI elements a windows value.
  • Under the component folders in the app folder, add windows subfolders to include assets only for Windows Phone.
XML Markup Enhancements
  • Support <ActionView/> as a child tag of the <MenuItem> object to set the actionView property of Titanium.Android.MenuItem. Only supports the Android platform.

Release 1.5.1 (10/2/2014)

Below are the fixes included in this release.

  • ALOY-1149. iOS: Gradient array properties are converted into objects

Release 1.5.0 (09/29/2014)

Full list of Issues that were addressed in Release 1.5.0

Deprecations and Removals

Sample Widgets

The sample widgets included in the Alloy repository have been removed.

To find replacements for these widgets, or to find other widgets, we recommend you visit http://gitt.io.

localStorage Sync Adapter

As of this Release, the localStorage sync adapter is deprecated and will be removed in a future release.

Use the properties sync adapter instead.

New Features

Built-in Update

The moment built-in now uses version 2.7.0 of the moment.js library.

Data Binding Enhancements
  • Support data binding for a Picker. Add data binding attributes to the PickerColumn and map model attributes to the PickerRow properties.

  • Support mixture of text and data binding notation when binding model attributes to XML attributes, for example, <Label text="first name: {model.first_name}"/>.

  • Support mapping multiple model attributes to a single XML attribute, for example, <Label text="{model.title} by {model.author}">.

For more details, see Alloy Data Binding.

XML Markup/TSS Enhancements
  • Support setting ActionBar properties in XML and TSS using the ActionBar element. For XML markup, add the <ActionBar/> tag as a child of either a <TabGroup/> or <Window/>. Before this Release, you defined ActionBar properties in the Menu element. Do not set the same ActionBar properties in both the ActionBar and Menu elements. For more details, see the "Android ActionBar" section in Alloy XML Markup.

  • Support <KeyboardToolbar/> as a child tag of the <TextArea/> object to set the keyboardToolbar property of Titanium.UI.TextArea. Only supports the iOS platform.

  • Support <AndroidView/> or <View/> as a child tag of the <AlertDialog/> and <OptionDialog/> objects to set the androidView property. Only supports the Android platform.

  • Support the localization function L() with the Label's text property or as node text, for example, <Label text="L('foo')"/> or <Label>L('foo')</Label>.

  • Support spaces with the comma-separated values in the platform attribute, for example, <Label platform="ios, android"/>. Prior to this Release, placing spaces in the platform attribute would throw an error.


Release 1.4.1 (07/28/2014)

Below are the fixes included in this release.

  • ALOY-1091. id property of other than 'picker' is treated as a variable
  • ALOY-1094. Date or time pickers: cannot use Ti.UI.* type constants, must use Titanium.UI.* abbreviations

Release 1.4.0 (07/17/2014)

Full list of Issues that were addressed in Release 1.4.0

Deprecations

Sample Widgets

The sample widgets included in the Alloy repository are deprecated and will be removed from the repo in a future version. There are known issues with some of the widgets, which will not be addressed.

If you would like to take over maintenance and support for any of these widgets, please contact Tim Poulsen at tpoulsen@appcelerator.com.

To find replacements for these widgets, or to find other widgets, we recommend you visit http://gitt.io.

New Features

Compiler Directives for Distribution Targets

This release introduces two new compiler directives used to distinguish distribution targets:

  • DIST_ADHOC : true if the current compiler target is built for iOS Ad Hoc distribution, for example, if you set the -T dist-adhoc option when building with the Titanium CLI.
  • DIST_STORE : true if the current compiler target is built for deployment to the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store, for example, if you set the -T dist-store option when building with the Titanium CLI.

Use these compiler directives in your controller code or initializer file (alloy.js).

Note that the ENV_PRODUCTION constant will be true too since these deployments are only for production builds.

Controller-less Views

As of this Release, Alloy provides a new way to create controller-less views. Each component in the controller-less view needs to be assigned an id attribute. Using the Require or Widget elements to include external views in the controller-less view does not work using this procedure, that is, you can include the external views, but the styles cannot be updated with the updateViews method.

  1. Use the Alloy.createController() method to create a controller from the controller-less view.
  2. Use the updateViews() method with the controller instance to update the styles of the view components. Pass a style dictionary as the only argument to the method. The style dictionary contains key-value pairs, where the key is the id of the view component and the value is another dictionary containing key-value pairs of attributes you want to set for the view component.
  3. Use the getView() method with the controller instance to retrieve the view of the controller, which can be added to another view.

See also:

Custom Query Styles

This release introduces the ability to use a custom query to determine if a style should be applied or not. For example, the application can query if the device is running iOS 7 or later, then apply a style to compensate for view components appearing behind the status bar.

To use a custom query:

  1. Define a conditional statement, which returns a boolean value, and assign it to a property in the Alloy.Globals namespace.
  2. Assign the if attribute to an element in the XML file or in the conditional block of the TSS file to the defined query with the Alloy.Globals namespace.

See also:

Map Module Integration

This release introduces better integration with the ti.map module, which includes the ability to define Annotation objects in XML markup and support for data-view binding.

To add Annotation objects in the XML markup, use the <Module> tag to load the map module and create a map view. Add <Annotation> tags as children of the <Module> tag.

To support data-view binding, set the dataCollection attribute to the name of the collection in the <Module> tag. Map attributes to bind in the <Annotation> tag. The <Module> tag also supports the dataFilter and dataTransform attributes.

<Alloy>
    <Collection src="places"/>
    <Window>
        <Module id="mapview" module="ti.map" method="createView" dataCollection="places">
            <Annotation latitude="{latitude}" longitude="{longitude}" title="{title}" />
        </Module>
    </Window>
</Alloy>

See also:

Widget Component Generation

The Alloy CLI can now generate controller, view and style components for widgets. Add the --widgetname <WIDGET_NAME> option to the alloy generate command to create components for the specified widget.

Widget Themes

This release supports themes for widgets. Widget themes work the same as project themes except for the placement of the files.

Inside your theme folder (app/themes/<THEME_NAME>), create widgets/<WIDGET_NAME> folders, where <THEME_NAME> is the name of the theme and <WIDGET_NAME> is the name of the widget.

Create two folders, assets and styles, to place your custom images and styles for your widget, respectively. The assets and styles folders need to be placed in the folder that is named after the widget.

If the theme is enabled, the files in the widget theme folder will replace the default ones used by the widget.

See also:

XML Markup/TSS Enhancements
  • Support the Android Action Bar in XML and TSS using the Menu element. To define an action bar in XML markup, add the <Menu> tag as a child of either a <Window> or <TabGroup>. To add action items in XML markup, add <MenuItem> tags as children of <Menu>. The ActionBar attributes may be defined in the XML markup or TSS file. For details, see the "Android ActionBar" section in Alloy XML Markup.

  • Support Button attributes in <LeftNavButton> and <RightNavButton>. Instead of creating a Button object for the LeftNavButton or RightNavButton elements, add the Button attributes to either LeftNavButton or RightNavButton in either the XML markup or the TSS file. For details, see the "iOS Navigation Button Shorthand" section in Alloy XML Markup.

  • Support Date Picker attributes. The maxDate minDate, and value attributes now accept date strings. For Alloy XML and TSS files, use a date string that can be parsed by the moment.js constructor, which includes ISO-8601 and RFC2822 dates.

  • Support the localization function, L(), as node text for the OptionDialog's <Option> tag.

  • Support Titanium.UI.RefreshControl in XML markup. Add the <RefreshControl> tag as a child of either <ListView> or <TableView>.

  • Add shorthand notation for TextField keyboard attributes. When specifying either the keyboardType or returnKeyType attributes, you do not need to use Titanium.UI.KEYBOARD_ or Titanium.UI.RETURNKEYTYPE_ as part of the constant name. For details, see the "TextField Keyboard Shorthands" section in Alloy XML Markup.

  • Support undefined as a settable value in the TSS files. Assign undefined to an attribute to unset it. Do not encase undefined in quotes.

See also:

Known Issues

Alloy Plugin

Alloy 1.4.0 includes changes to the Alloy plugin, which is used by Studio to compile and launch your project. These changes will be applied automatically the first time you build a project after updating to 1.4.0. However, because the first build uses the old plugin, there is a small chance that it will fail. Retrying the build should resolve the issue, or you can manually update the plugin with the following command:

alloy install plugin [path_to_project]

If you enter this command while in your project's folder, omit the path.

CLI users are not affected by this change.

New APIs

The following APIs are new in Release 1.4.0.

API Type Note
Alloy.Controller.updateViews method Applies a dictionary of properties to the components of a view in the controller.

Release 1.3.1 (02/10/2014)

Below are the new key features and fixes in this release. Also see the full list of changes.

  • ALOY-905. Alloy now supports TiSDK 3.0.0+ again!
  • ALOY-907. Fixed unhandled exception errors in invalid JS.
  • ALOY-912. Better handling of runtime conditionals on TableView proxy properties.
  • ALOY-914. Show Alloy appicon instead of Titanium default.
  • ALOY-916. Copy theme assets to platform-specific folders.
  • ALOY-920. Fixes compile time error when using should.js.
  • ALOY-922. Fixes error when using proxy properties on a TextField in an ItemTemplate.
  • ALOY-937. Fixes copying of platform-specific widget assets.

Release 1.3.0 (12/20/2013)

Full list of Issues that were address in Release 1.3.0.

Breaking Changes

Titanium SDK Support

Due changes in the application build process for both Alloy and the Titanium SDK, Alloy 1.3.0 only supports Titanium SDK 3.2.0 and later. You can find details on this in the following tickets:

New Features

XML Markup Enhancements
  • Support children elements for Widget and Require elements. View objects created using the Widget and Require elements can contain child view elements, which are added as children views of the parent Widget or Require view object. Example: require_children

  • Support <HeaderView>, <FooterView> and <PullView> as children tags of the <ListView> object to specify the headerView, footerView and pullView properties of Titanium.UI.ListView.

  • Support <SearchBar> and <SearchView platform="android> as children tags of the <ListView> object to specify the searchView property of Titanium.UI.ListView.

  • Support <HeaderView> and <FooterView> as children tags of the <ListSection> object to specify the headerView and footerView properties of Titanium.UI.ListSection.

  • Support <LeftButton>, <RightButton> and <KeyboardToolbar> as children tags of the <TextField> object to specify the leftButton, rightButton and keyboardToolbar properties of Titanium.UI.TextField. These properties are only supported on the iOS platform.

  • Support shorthand method for declaring iOS system buttons. When specifying the system attribute for a Button object, you do not need to use the Ti.UI namespace. For example, the following markup creates the iOS camera button:

    <Button systemButton="CAMERA"/>
    
TSS Enhancements
  • Support for bitwise operators, which includes bit shifting ('>>', '<<', and '>>>'), bitwise AND ('&'), bitwise OR ('|') and bitwise XOR ('^').
Model Enhancements
  • Support fetching a model using its ID attribute rather than an SQL query with the SQLite sync adapter. For example, you can fetch a model by using the attribute:

    myModel.fetch({id: 123});
    

    rather than using an SQL query:

    myModel.fetch({query: 'select * from ... where id = ' + 123 });
    
New Compiler Hook

This Release added a new compiler task called pre:load that is triggered before copying assets and other resources to the project's Resources folder. This task is executed near the beginning of the Alloy compiliation process, after the project is cleaned.

Support Platform and Environment-Specific Project Configurations

In the project configuration file (config.json), you can combine the os and env keys together to specify an environment and platform configuration. For example, the code below specifies configurations for iOS test, iOS development and iOS production:

"os:ios env:production": {
    "foo": "os:ios env:production"
},
"os:ios env:development": {
    "foo": "os:ios env:development"
},
"os:ios env:test": {
    "foo": "os:ios env:test"
}

Previously, you could not specify both a platform and environment together.

New APIs

The following APIs are new in Release 1.3.0.

API Type Note
Alloy.builtins.animation.flip method Transitions from one view to another using a 3D flip animation (iOS only).
Alloy.builtins.animation.flipHorizontal method Transitions from one view to another using a horizontal flip animation (iOS only).
Alloy.builtins.animation.flipVertical method Transitions from one view to another using a vertical flip animation (iOS only).
Alloy.builtins.animation.HORIZONTAL constant Constant to specify a horizontal flip (iOS only).
Alloy.builtins.animation.VERTICAL constant Constant to specify a vertical flip (iOS only).

Release 1.2.2 (18 September 2013)

  • ALOY-813. Fixed bug handling unicode characters in XML attributes.
  • ALOY-817. Fixed bug adding XML event handlers to UI components that use custom namesapces.
  • ALOY-815 & ALOY-818. Support Ti.UI.iOS.NavigationWindow API in XML

Release 1.2.1 (27 August 2013)

  • ALOY-789. Fixed improper handling of printable escape characters in TSS.
  • ALOY-802. Fixed escape character handling issue in TSS on Windows.
  • ALOY-803. Fixed issue with controller subfolders on Windows.
  • ALOY-804. Fixed issues with jake on Windows.

Release 1.2.0 (15 August 2013)

New Features

Dynamic Styling

As of this Release, Alloy supports changing styles dynamically during runtime. There are two methods to support dynamic styling in Alloy. You can either generate a dynamic style dictionary that can be passed to applyProperties or a create method, or modify TSS class styles to an existing component on the fly.

For more information, see:

ListView in Markup

ListView objects can now be created in markup and with collection-view binding enabled.

For more information, see:

Module Markup Element

Use the new Module XML element to include a view from a native module.

For more information, see:

CLI Command to Generate Styles

Style files can be generated using the Alloy CLI. The Alloy CLI extracts the IDs and classes from the markup file to create a skeleton style file.

For more information, see the "Generating a Style" section in the Alloy Tasks guide.

New APIs

The following APIs are new in Release 1.2.0.

API Type Note
Alloy.Controller.addClass method Adds a TSS class to the specified view object.
Alloy.Controller.createStyle method Creates a dictionary of properties based on the specified styles.
Alloy.Controller.removeClass method Removes a TSS class from the specified view object.
Alloy.Controller.resetClass method Applies TSS classes to the specified view object and removes any applied classes that are not specified.
Alloy.Controller.UI.create method Creates a Titanium UI object with the specified styles.

Release 1.1.3 (17 June 2013)

New Features

  • ALOY-661. Code Processor: Get Alloy to recompile before an analysis

Release 1.1.2 (2 May 2013)

New Features

Bug Fixes

  • ALOY-628. Error loading platform-specific theme-based styles
  • ALOY-632. Builtins being copied into Resources directory more than once causing runtime errors
  • ALOY-633. Compiler directives (OS_IOS) undefined when referenced inside a widget
  • ALOY-635. Styles not being sorted properly among global, controller, platform-specific, and theme

Release 1.1.1 (19 April 2013)

Just 2 quick fixes to reduce the size of the Alloy distribution and fix one regression.

  • ALOY-625. app.tss not being applied to views that don't have view-specific styles.
  • ALOY-626. Remove unneeded resources from samples/mapping.

Release 1.1.0 (April 2013)

Breaking Changes

Alloy Run Command

The Alloy run command is obsoleted by the Titanium CLI build command.

If you are only using command-line tools to build your Alloy project, after using the alloy compile command to convert the Alloy files to Titanium files, use the titanium build command to build and run the Titanium code.

New Features

Debugging in Studio

As of Titanium Studio 3.1.0, breakpoints added in Alloy Controllers and the alloy.js file are recognized by the Studio Debugger. These breakpoints map to the code in the generated Titanium files located in the Resources directory.

CommonJS modules and Alloy Models will support this feature in a future release of Titanium Studio and Alloy. You still need to add breakpoints for these files in the generated Titanium files located in the Resources directory.

Refer to Alloy Debugging for more information.

Content Assistance in Studio

As of Titanium Studio 3.1.0, content assistance is supported in Alloy Views (XML markup and TSS files) and Alloy Controllers.

For XML markup, start typing the XML element, attribute or on attribute (for events) to receive content assistance.

For TSS files, type the name of the element, class (element prefixed with .) or ID name (element prefixed with #) to receive content assistance. You need to type the entire name of the element, class or ID name to receive assistance, and the class and ID name must exist in the associated XML markup file.

For controller code, type the ID name (element prefixed by $.) or start typing a namespace (Alloy, Titanium, etc.) to receive content assistance. You need to type the entire name of the ID in order to receive assistance and it must exist in the associated XML markup file.

Some of the Alloy-specific attributes, such as platform, formFactor and the data binding attributes, will be supported in a future release of Titanium Studio.

Refer to the "Using Content Assistance" section in Alloy Tasks for more information.

Expanded Support for Collection-View Binding

ScrollableView, CoverFlowView, ButtonBar, ToolBar and TabbedBar objects support collection-view binding.

For ButtonBar, ToolBar and TabbedBar, refer to the binding_bars example.

For CoverFlowView, refer to the binding_coverflow example.

For ScrollableView, refer to the binding_scrollableview example.

Refer to Alloy Data Binding for more information.

Widget Enhancements

Various enhancements to widgets:

  • Widgets have their own create methods. Use Widget.createController(), Widget.createWidget(), Widget.createModel() and Widget.createCollection() instead of the Alloy.create* methods to create components relative to the widget context rather than the Alloy project. The method parameters are the same as the Alloy.create* methods.

  • Widgets support their own models and collections. Use models and collections the same as with an Alloy project except use the new Widget create methods, that is, use Widget.createModel and Widget.createCollection instead of Alloy.createModel and Alloy.createCollection, respectively to create models and collections inside a widget.

Refer to Alloy Widgets for more information.

XML Markup Enhancements

Various enhancements to XML markup:

  • Support <LeftNavButton> and <RightNavButton> as children tags of the <Popover> object to specify the leftNavButton and rightNavButton properties of Titanium.UI.iPad.Popover.

  • Support <HeaderView> as a child tag of the <TableViewSection> object to specify the headerView property of Titanium.UI.TableViewSection.

  • Support the name attribute with the <Widget> and <Require> tags to specify a widget view-controller to use besides widget.xml/widget.js.

Refer to Alloy XML Markup for more information.


1.0.0 (19 February 2013)

** Breaking Changes **

The following changes alter the behavior of the Alloy Framework from previous versions and may require code changes to your applications.

Titanium SDK Support

Alloy 1.0 only supports Titanium SDK 3.0 and later. Previous versions of Alloy supported Titanium SDK 2.1.x and later.

Backbone Events API Removed from View Proxies and Controllers

For Alloy View proxies and Controllers, that is, objects either referenced with $.myid or created with createController and getView methods, you cannot use the Backbone Events API on, off and trigger methods to bind and unbind event callbacks, or fire events. Use the Titanium SDK API addEventListener, removeEventListener and fireEvent methods instead.

Previously, Alloy View proxies and Controllers could use the Backbone Events API.

For Alloy Collection and Model objects, use the Backbone Events API not the Titanium SDK event listener API. This has not changed from previous versions of Alloy.

Alloy Model-View Binding

Model-view binding with the Ti.UI.View proxy should be considered experimental. On the iOS platform, the view items are not being repopulated correctly. To follow this issue, see ALOY-485.

Model-view binding with TableViews works fine and does not suffer from any known issues.

For more information, see the Alloy Data Binding guide.

Custom Sync Adapter

If you created a custom sync adapter, the order of the passed parameters of the module.exports.sync method has changed to match the Backbone.sync method.

Prior to 1.0.0, the order was:

module.exports.sync(model, method, options)

For 1.0.0 and later, the order is now:

module.exports.sync(method, model, options)

To update your custom sync adapter, just switch the order of the method and model arguments.

Additionally, both the module.exports.beforeModelCreate and module.exports.afterModelCreate methods accept an additional passed parameter--the name of the model file.

Prior to 1.0.0, the methods were:

module.exports.beforeModelCreate(config)
module.exports.afterModelCreate(Model)

For 1.0.0 and later, the methods are:

module.exports.beforeModelCreate(config, name)
module.exports.afterModelCreate(Model, name)

SQLite Sync Adapter and Migrations

The previous sql sync adapter has been replaced with the sql_new sync adapter as mentioned in release 0.3.5.

If you have a model that uses the sql sync adapter from Alloy 0.3.6 and before, you need to migrate your data to the new table schema of the Alloy 1.0.0 SQLite sync adapter.

First, manually remove the following files from your Alloy project:

  • Resources/alloy.js
  • Resources/alloy/sync/sql.js

Next, create a one-time migration file to transfer your model data to the new database schema. Adapt the following code for your table schema. Replace title, author and isbn with your own specific table schema but leave id and alloy_id alone. The order of fields does matter. This migration file creates a temporary table, copies your current data to a temporary table, deletes the old table from the database, creates a new table, then copies your data to the new table.

migration.up = function(migrator) {
    var db = migrator.db;
    var table = migrator.table;
    db.execute('CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE book_backup(title,author,isbn,alloy_id);')
    db.execute('INSERT INTO book_backup SELECT title,author,isbn,id FROM ' + table + ';');
    migrator.dropTable();
    migrator.createTable({
        columns: {
            title:"TEXT",
            author:"TEXT",
            isbn:"INTEGER"
        },
    });
    db.execute('INSERT INTO ' + table + ' SELECT title,author,isbn,alloy_id FROM book_backup;');
    db.execute('DROP TABLE book_backup;');
};

migration.down = function(migrator) {

}

Run your application once to migrate your data, then remove the migration file.

Note the migrator.db object in the previous example. This object is a handle to a Ti.Database instance to execute SQLite commands. DO NOT CLOSE THIS HANDLE OR OPEN A SECOND INSTANCE OF THE DATABASE. This will cause fatal application errors.

See the Alloy Sync Adapters and Migrations guide for information about the new SQLite sync adapter and the new migration features.

Removed ti.physicalSizeCategory Module

The ti.physicalSizeCategory module has been replaced by a background module part of Titanium SDK 3.0.x. No action is needed to migrate to the new module. However, your tiapp.xml file still references this module, but does not affect the compilation or execution of the application. You may safely remove this reference from your tiapp.xml file.

Previously, this module was copied to an Alloy project as part of the alloy new command and used to determine the size of an Android device.

Removed APIs

The following deprecated APIs have been removed in this release:

API Type Notes
Alloy.getCollection method Creates a local instance of a collection. Use Alloy.createCollection instead.
Alloy.getController method Creates a local instance of a controller. Use Alloy.createController instead.
Alloy.getModel method Creates a local instance of a model. Use Alloy.createModel instead.
Alloy.getWidget method Creates a local instance of a widget. Use Alloy.createWidget instead.
Alloy.globals property Global namespace. Use Alloy.Globals instead.
datatime.js builtin Collection of functions for datetime formatting. Use moment.js instead.
size XML/TSS attribute Defines size-specific view components or styles. Use the formFactor attribute instead.

New features

  • ALOY-343. Facilitate Alloy code completion in Studio.
  • ALOY-437. Support Android fastdev.
  • ALOY-475. Create test app for testing sql adapter apps with no migrations.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • ALOY-209. Remove ti.physicalSizeCategory module for Alloy 1.0.0 (TiSDK 3.0+). Fixes ALOY-188 and ALOY-134.
  • ALOY-313. Use applyProperties to assign properties to Ti.Android.MenuItem in parser.
  • ALOY-323. Make Alloy support only TiSDK 3.0+.
  • ALOY-407. Make alloy generate model calls uniform in format, regardless of adapter. Fixes ALOY-375 where models were not being generated correctly in Titanium Studio.
  • ALOY-429. Convert jake app runner to use new CLI.
  • ALOY-454. iOS is rebuilding apps every time with new CLI.
  • ALOY-455. Remove Backbone eventing from Titanium proxies. Fixes ALOY-460 where ScrollableViews displayed noticeable lagging.
  • ALOY-457. Make Alloy sync adapter sync() function signature match that of Backbone.
  • ALOY-473. Abort compile process with message if trying to compile Alloy 1.0+ for anything less than Titanium 3.0.
  • ALOY-476. Widgets within model-bound view get bound to unexisting $model.
  • ALOY-479. Fix migration processing bug.
  • ALOY-480. Replace sql adapter with sql_new.
  • ALOY-482. View-based collection binding not properly clearing children before repopulating.
  • ALOY-486. sql adapter does not update ID in client-side model when using AUTOINCREMENT.

Deprecations

  • ALOY-330. Make alloy run execute titanium build. The alloy run command will be removed in version 1.1.0 in favor of only using the titanium build command of the Titanium CLI.

0.3.6 (18 January 2013)

Bug fixes and improvements

  • ALOY-474. Allow extra commas in TSS files.

0.3.5 (18 January 2013)

New features

Bug fixes and improvements

  • ALOY-191. The models/todo test app now works with all supported sync adapters (sql, properties, localStorage).
  • ALOY-336. Mobileweb logs not showing up in console (related to TISTUD-2525).
  • ALOY-449. Parsing state not cleaned properly when processing multiple top-level UI elements.
  • ALOY-446. sql adapter should open/close between all operations (best practices).

Additional Notes for 0.3.5

Due to the massive amount of changes in the sql adapter, it is being introduced as "sql_new". This is the "type" you would use in your model definitions, as seen in this model from the models/sql_queries test app. The unchanged "sql" adapter still exists temporarily for compatibility.

All freshly built apps will work with the sql_new adapter, including all the sql ones in the test/apps/models folder in the repo. There may be conflicts, though, if you attempt to just drop the sql_new adapter on an app that has been previously using the old sql adapter. This is because sql_new uses a different, smarter, less invasive means of identifying the unique id of your sql records, adding an "alloy_id" column only if absolutely necessary. If you can delete your existing sql storage and just rebuild it, then all you need to do is delete and then you can start using the sql_new adapter. If not, we'll have a migration guide soon.

One final important note is that the old sql adapter will be replaced with sql_new when Alloy 1.0.0 is released, tentatively scheduled for mid-February. This'll give you a month to try it out and migrate data if necessary. Any questions or concerns, hit me up at the google group.


0.3.4 (20 December 2012)

Important Note for Model/Collection Binding Feature

  • ALOY-432. Added $.destroy() function to all controllers. When using model/collection binding in a controller, you MUST call this when closing a controller to prevent potential memory leaks. This is especially true if your binding makes references to global models/collections. More detailed documentation on this point will be added to the Alloy Data Binding Guide very soon. (TEST APP)

New features

  • ALOY-394. Support collection binding on Views, allowing for arbitrary component repetition. (TEST APP)
  • ALOY-103. Support model binding of models to discrete properties on UI components. (TEST APP)
  • ALOY-382, ALOY-383. Support in markup for proxy properties, like rightNavButton, leftNavButton, titleControl, etc... (TEST APP)
  • ALOY-387, ALOY-388. Support view (XML) and controller (JS) code completion in Titanium Studio.
  • ALOY-421. Add moment.js as builtin. Deprecates datetime.s builtin.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • ALOY-342. Support '--platform' option with 'alloy generate' command to create platform-specific views and controllers.
  • ALOY-359, ALOY-423. Improve buttongrid widget and fix a memory leak.
  • ALOY-361. Fix a bug with style prioritization as it relates to the formFactor attribute.
  • ALOY-420. Refactor TableView parser to allow model-bound tables to use proxy properties.
  • ALOY-430. Collection binding now responds to the Backbone "reset" event.
  • ALOY-433. Removed "unreachable code" warning in production Android builds.
  • ALOY-436. Alloy compile failures will now abort the Titanium build process, as expected, with the Titanium 3.0+ SDK.
  • ALOY-438. Fixed bug where the Backbone off() function on Titanium proxies created from markup was not working.

0.3.3 (6 December 2012)

New features

  • ALOY-104. Enable Model-View binding on TableViews. For more information, see the basic tableview_binding test app or the slightly more complete todo_binding sample app which shows how to do data filtering and transformations on bound data.

    NOTE: This is brand new stuff with lots more functionality coming, so any feedback on the current state is very welcome. It's best to let us know at the Alloy google group.

  • ALOY-312. Update Underscore.js to version 1.4.2 and Backbone.js to minified production 0.9.2 version.
  • ALOY-367, ALOY-377. Support Soasta touch test.
  • ALOY-373, ALOY-379. Add Collection tag in markup to create a singleton or instance(s) of a collection.
  • ALOY-390, ALOY-391. Add Model tag in markup to create a singleton or instance(s) of a model.
  • ALOY-396, ALOY-397, ALOY-156. Add completion callback to all methods in the animation.js builtin library.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • ALOY-311. Improve Ti.UI.Android.MenuItem parser.
  • ALOY-370. Fix ability to assign functions with variable assigned functions in controllers.
  • ALOY-376. Improve handling of Ti.Android.Menu component.
  • ALOY-393. (Re-)enable optimizer.js as part of runtime JavaScript file optimization.
  • ALOY-403. Improve Alloy.Collection and Alloy.Model code optimization.
  • ALOY-417. Improve properties adapter.

Deprecations

  • ALOY-401. Deprecate Alloy.globals; use Alloy.Globals instead.

0.3.2 (15 November 2012)

Bug fixes and improvements

  • ALOY-353. Support all Backbone eventing in Titanium proxies, on(), off(), trigger(). Fixed multiple event firing bug with on().
  • ALOY-355. Improve path handling in compiler plugin for OS X.
  • ALOY-356. Remove string builtin dependency to shorten compilation time.
  • ALOY-365. Add Alloy.globals namespace for global context.
  • ALOY-380. Create app/alloy.js file automatically for all new projects.

0.3.1 (2 November 2012)

New features

Bug fixes and improvements

  • ALOY-306. Support platform, formFactor, and inline event attributes with abstract types in markup.
  • ALOY-340. Fix Android "too deep recursion while parsing" error with Rhino runtime.
  • ALOY-341. Improve adapter-backbone processing.
  • ALOY-352. Fix SQL adapter to work if no migrations are present.
  • ALOY-354. Fix "alloy generate jmk" command.

0.3.0 (beta)

  • Removed node-appc dependency.
  • Added Alloy splash screens and icons
  • Updated widgets, added new button-grid widget.

0.2.42

  • Ti.UI.OptionDialog markup parser added. Check out this link for a test app and usage: https://github.com/appcelerator/alloy/tree/master/test/apps/ui/optiondialog
  • You can get the Alloy version at runtime now with Alloy.version
  • Tightened up XML ID restrictions. As an enforced best practice, no reserved JS words as IDs. If you try to, you'll get a compile time error message.
  • Revamp of code processing, better organized, more efficient. It's all under the hood, you shouldn't notice, other than compiles might be faster.
  • Quick fix to error output in compiler plugin.py
  • Some minor cleanup in the test apps