Beginner - basic app assistance

ellie

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hi,

i want to create a flash card app to be used locally on the phone.

i have a site already mobile optimized (password protected for now), but don't really understand how to parlay that into something i can sell.

anyway, i completed the hello world tutorial.
what i want to do is have home screen that has a list of menu items.
when you click on menu item one, i want it to go to another screen that is just a one sentence fact.

from there i want to either go ahead to the next fact, go back to the previous fact, or go right back to the home screen and select a different menu item.

is there a sample code that i may be able to modify?
since i have 100's of sentences, should i use some kind of a db that would not show the sentence again until all sentences have been seen?
basically, this is a flash card program. different facts respective to the different menu items.

well, i don't want to give up, and really would like to learn how to do this.
any recommendations are most appreciated.
 

ellie

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hi, thanks for your response. well, are you speaking of that one baseball quiz... i would love to see another one. are there more that i could review?

thanks.
 

rshives

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Baseball quiz is the one I was speaking of. There are a couple of ways to display completely different screens. Design your screen so that you just replace items, pictures or text. The other way is to create a new Activity which displays a different UI Layout. If I remember correctly you cannot create new Activities using App Inventor. It isnt designed for that. Yet. I made a mistake here, after looking at the elements in the "Other Stuff" category there is an Activity Starter there.

And I would put your menu items in an actual menu, not the initial screen of the app. Oddly enough I do not see a Menu element. So it seems you will have to use the Activity Starter. Here is some information on how to use it: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/reference/other/activitystarter.html

I think you are on the right track to use a database to store your sentences. The MakeQuiz / TakeQuiz tutorials explain how to use a database.

That will teach me to open my mouth before doing the actual research.
 
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ellie

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well thanks. i will look at that again. maybe the light bulb will go on if i go through that a couple of times. thanks for your input.
 

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what are your thoughts on this:

i already have website that is mobile ready.

can i use the app inventor launch a website with an "activity starter" and somehow sell that as the app? i guess it would really just be a bookmark. perhaps i am misunderstanding the intention of this activity starter. although i still will work on the app being a standalone that can be downloaded.

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