Professor writes book on mobile application development

Posted May 24, 2012

When Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of digital entertainment and information technology at ACU, began teaching his students how to develop mobile applications in 2009, it dawned on him that there must be a better way.

In his teaching, Burton uses Corona SDK, a mobile application development tool. "When my students were eager to learn more, I started looking for an instructional textbook on Corona SDK. I found there weren't any, so I began writing one," he explained. Beginning Mobile App Development with Corona is the fruit of Burton's labor.

The textbook comes in two versions: Beginning Mobile App Development with Corona is written for a classroom setting and includes teaching material, while Mobile App Development with Corona is the non-academic counterpart designed for individuals in a non-academic setting.

Mobile App Development with Corona is ranked as the #10 bestseller in the Radio and Wireless section on and has received positive attention both nationally and internationally.

"As I was writing the book, I became aware that there was actually worldwide demand for this kind of material," says Burton. "Now, a year after I started writing, I get messages from all over the planet. I am working with translators to make the book available in Chinese, Italian, Korean, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish."

Burton is writing a new textbook, Learning Mobile Application Development, intended for people with no programming background who want to build mobile apps for Apple or Android phones and tablets. It is targeted at high school seniors and college freshmen.

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