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Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK [Paperback]

Dave Mark , Jeff LaMarche
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2 Aug 2011
Please note that there is now an iPhone 3 edition of this title available! Are you a programmer looking for a new challenge? Does the thought of building your very own iPhone app make your heart race and your pulse quicken? If so, then Beginning iPhone Development is just the book for you. Assuming only a minimal working knowledge of Objective-C, and written in a friendly, easy-to-follow style, Beginning iPhone Development offers a complete soup-to-nuts course in iPhone and iPod Touch programming. The book starts with the basics, walking you through the process of downloading and installing Apple's free iPhone SDK, then stepping you though the creation of your first simple iPhone application. You'll move on from there, mastering all the iPhone interface elements that you've come to know and love, such as buttons, switches, pickers, toolbars, sliders, etc. You'll master a variety of design patterns, from the simplest single view to complex hierarchical drill-downs. You'll master the art of table-building and learn how to save your data using the iPhone file system. You'll also learn how to save and retrieve your data using SQLite, iPhone's built-in database management system. You'll learn how to draw using Quartz 2D and OpenGL ES. You'll add MultiTouch Gestural Support (pinches and swipes) to your applications, and work with the Camera, Photo Library, and Accelerometer. You'll master application preferences, learn how to localize your apps into other languages, and so much more. Apple's iPhone SDK, this book, and your imagination are all you'll need to start building your very own best-selling iPhone applications. You can discover more about this book, download source code, and find support forums at the book's companion site:

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  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (2 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430216263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430216261
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 18.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beginning iPhone Development delivers a clear picture of the entire development process from registering as an iPhone developer through creation of complete applications. There is a wealth of examples illustrating each feature of the iPhone. The authors did an excellent job of demonstrating "best practice" coding methodology throughout the book. You would be hard pressed to find a better guide to creating software for the iPhone. -- Aaron Basil,

Dave Mark has always been the king of Mac programming authors, and now he's proven to be the reigning king for books on iPhone development!

"Beginning iPhone Development" is the definitive guide for iPhone development, and anyone aspiring to develop for the iPhone should get this invaluable reference -- Brian Greenstone, President & CEO, Pangea Software, Inc.

People ask me again and again about how to get started in iPhone development, but I never had a very good answer for them until now. Dave and Jeff's book starts at the beginning in clear English, making sure you understand the fundamentals with many large illustrations. From there, they progress into key concepts such as the MVC pattern and ImageBuilder fundamentals. Additionally, I find myself flipping back to it as a reference guide--the plethora of code samples make it a must-have. -- Steve Demeter, Creator of "Trism" and owner of Demiforce LLC

Starting with an overview of the technology, how to approach the device, the authors lead us straight into the heart of iPhone development. As you progress, you'll learn more about various layout engines and view managers, as well as the more meaty topics like accelerometer and GPS APIs. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in getting started quickly and efficiently with iPhone development! -- Chris Pelsor, Manager, Tarantell:Hybrid

If you're planning on coding for the iPhone, start here. Dave and Jeff know their stuff and also know how to explain it. I was amazed how much stuff they cover, from Hello World through analyzing user gestures. Not only do they cover the fun stuff like playing with the camera, they cover real-world development issues like localization. I learned a huge amount from them -- Mark Dalrymple, Co-founder, CocoaHeads, and Principal Author, Advanced Mac OS X Programming


Beginning iPhone Development delivers a clear picture of the entire development process from registering as an iPhone developer through creation of complete applications. There is a wealth of examples illustrating each feature of the iPhone. The authors did an excellent job of demonstrating "best practice" coding methodology throughout the book. You would be hard pressed to find a better guide to creating software for the iPhone.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Writing Style and Very Informative 7 Dec 2008
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Dave and Jeff have a very relaxed writing style (perhaps even more so that Aaron Hillegass) and the book reads as if they are actually talking you through the process. The result is something which is very readable and easy to follow and the concepts behind the code are clearly and well explained.

The only thing I feel worth warning people about is that if you have no prior experience of Objective-C or Cocoa then you may be a bit lost and so I'd recommend at least a good introductory book. I believe that Apress have some coming out soon so they may be worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far! 11 Dec 2008
After being thoroughly disappointed with Erica Sadun's contribution to the iPhone development book scene I stumbled on this gem.

The writing style is fantastic, and the way it is put together works very well for teaching - at each stage you learn things and they seem to stick. The way it progresses and builds on the knowledge you have works very well, and I really enjoyed all the tips and tricks the dropped in for Xcode and Interface builder - I've been using these tools for traditional OS X development for a few years now and still learned a lot.

About the only thing I could ask for from this book is 'more' - just keep going instead of ending :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for complete Novice! 25 Feb 2009
I've not programmed before - made a few Access programs and dabbled a little with SQL so pretty much a complete Novice. This book is not only a great guide to programming for the phone - the tutorials are fun and really give you a sense of achievement once completed correctly. The SDK looked totally mindboggling before I started this book course - now I am confidently jumping into the files, adding code and planning my first application!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the iPhone development so far 10 Dec 2008
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I've got all the books on the iPhone development that were published so far, and this one is definitely the best. The authors' style is unique, I am tempted to say that style-wise this might be the most enjoyable book on software development I've read in my life.

The book presents a lot of material, it is definitely sufficient to start developing for the platform for a complete novice to iPhone or Mac development like myself. What is cool is that the book feeds its knowledge with exactly the right pace. Well, sometimes that feels a bit slow, but you do feel confident all the way along, and the authors encourage you to go faster if you wish.

Regarding the language: I am new to the Objective-C, still remember a few bits and pieces from C and I work professionally with Java and C#. I want to say that I had absolutely no difficulties with understanding this book, but recently I've read a few chapters in various books on Mac programming, so I had an idea of the Objective-C syntax.

I was so impressed with this book that ordered another two of this 'citrus' series that are coming soon, on learning C and Objective-C on the Mac.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far 25 Jan 2009
I was coming from Erica Sadun's book, too. I was really depressed, questioning my real possibilities of becoming an iPhone developer, having a real hard time in understanding even the basics.
Then I stumbled on this book, and it was a revelation.
It also assumes you have Objective C knowledge, but it's so perfect in walking you hand in hand through MVC model and iPhone specifics, that you find yourself writing code without remembering at what stage you've learnt how to do it. It gives you a complete overview of SDK possibilities, plenty of easy to understand examples covering the main features, including CoreLocation and Open GL.
I would put it on the same level of Hillegass works, such is easy and fun to read.
Suggested to everyone new to the platform, definitely a must for beginners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION 26 Nov 2009
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I bought this off amazon a few weeks ago and assumed it to be the most recent edition. There is new addition (2nd) called begining iPhone 3 development. If you have the most recent SDK (3.0+) do not by this book as there are many changes in it. The book its self is very good. I will be sending this back/selling it on and buying the more recent edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book - buy it! 21 Mar 2009
By DaveEP
This is probably the best introduction to programming on any 'platform' I have ever read. I've been programming (full time) for 28 years, in various languages from assembly language (multiple CPUs) through C, C++ and Java (and many other high level languages that I have chosen to leave behind), starting with a ZX81 (1K ram!) through the C64, Atari ST etc in the 80s, on to PCs (through DOS and Windows), then back to embedded (microcontrollers) etc along the way. So, I've done the rounds and had to learn lots of different platforms along the way. Some were harder than others, and when the documentation sucks, it's a real pain.

Being new to Objective-C, and to programming Cocoa/OSX in general (all my previous Mac code was via Java+Swing) I was a little concerned. However, my concerns completely disappeared within 30 mins of starting to read the book.

Clearly, you do need 'some' programming experience in order to make use of this book, with C/C++/Java being the obvious ideals in terms of experience. If you are not already familiar with Objective-C, the book leads you by the nose very logically, and relatively quickly so that any one with any 'real' experience will have no trouble at all.

I followed the author's advice and instead of just reading it, I actually typed in the code, made the usual typing mistakes, figured out what I had done wrong (which was not always obvious at first from XCode's error messages), and was running my own iPhone apps pretty quickly.

The book moves at a reasonably fast pace while keeping you in touch with all the things you need to know along the way - right about the time you need to know it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point
This really does start at the basics, and quickly explains things, including keyboard shortcuts and the like, to get you up and running developing user interfaces and simple... Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by David Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
This book is perfect for beginners to learn programming on the iphone platform who already have a little (preferably C) programming experience. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2010 by J. schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter for SDK
An excellent beginners guide to SDK for the iPhone. The format leads you by the hand through simple projects teaching the essential basics. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by Steven D. Emmason
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book but not latest version!
Book is very good: well-written, clear and good exercises. However there is an updated version for the latest iPhone OS. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Derek McCann
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I came from a background of no OS X programming, nothing to do with Objective C and I picked this book up with no problems. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by Michael Dowling
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to exploring the iPhone.
Having read the books on C and Objective-C I am now on the iPhone. This book shows the basics of different types of controllers and starts to pull everything together. Read more
Published on 24 July 2009 by Eddy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best book for Iphone SDK
This book is very well organized and explain all of the Iphone Sdk parts with many example and tutorial.

Great for the beginners!
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by Maurizio Moriconi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
The description fails to point out that a basic understanding of Objective C is assumed from the start of this book. If you can adapt to new languages well, then it's great. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by Daniel Brierton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book to learn iPhone dev.
Pretty satisfied with this book. Well structured and easy to follow.

I bought this one without any knowledge about Objective-C but anyway I have been able to understand... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by √’scar Hern√°ndez Vinyals
4.0 out of 5 stars depth & clarity
Hillegass now has a serious competitor as author on Cocoa. Apress did a wonderful thing to start a new series on Cocoa programming. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2009 by drs Meijer
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