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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (22 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430236051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430236054
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jack Nutting has been using Cocoa since the olden days, long before it was even called Cocoa. He's used Cocoa and its predecessors to develop software for a wide range of industries and applications including gaming, graphic design, online digital distribution, telecommunications, finance, publishing, and travel. When he's not working on Mac or iPhone projects, he's developing web applications with Ruby on Rails. Jack is a passionate proponent of Objective-C and the Cocoa frameworks; At the drop of a hat, he will speak at length on the virtues of dynamic dispatch and runtime class manipulations to anyone who'll listen (and even to some who won't). He blogs from time to time at www.nuthole.com.

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Dave Mark is a longtime Mac developer and author who has written a number of books on Mac and iOS development, including Beginning iPhone 4 Development (Apress, 2010), More iPhone 3 Development (Apress, 2010), Learn C on the Mac (Apress, 2008), The Macintosh Programming Primer series (Addison-Wesley, 1992), and Ultimate Mac Programming (Wiley, 1995). Dave loves the water and spends as much time as possible on it, in it, or near it. He lives with his wife and three children in Virginia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr E on 19 May 2012
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This is a fantastic book. I love the format that it is written in - it's easy to follow and practical. It's the kind of book you follow through, cover to cover and build along with each chapter. I personally find I learn the most this way and you get a real sense of accomplishment. One idiot left an extremely unhelpful review saying it's full of mistakes - I disagree with this, and potential buyers should take no notice of this. Yes there are a couple of mistakes, but if you cannot work through them then I would seriously question whether or not you are capable enough to become a software developer. The mistakes are generally small typing errors which you must give some credit to the authors - this is an issue of a book that has been revised many times - the authors aren't perfect.

I've only had the book a few days and I'm already on Chapter 6 - I've been working along with the writers and built a few little apps. Already I've made great progress and I'm understanding the concepts very well.

With regards to Objective C - I strongly recommend against relying on this book to teach you Objective C, and certainly if you are completely new to programming, this is not the book for you. I'm a previous software developer and have come from both a web development and C++ background, so I understand the concepts but some of the Objective C language specifics are new to me. The book does assume you have a working knowledge of Objective C and doesn't really take the time to explain any of the language fundamentals.

Probably one of the only cons of this book I can think of is that it is very verbose. I find that while the writing style of the authors is humorous, they do "waffle on" a bit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Onedin on 12 Feb. 2012
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I'm through the first quarter of this book, and I do not often do reviews, but for this book I make an exception. The authors just know what a beginner is looking for, they know what problems you'll likely to have, you'll always get the answers to your questions on time. The example programs are easy to understand yet exciting enough that you type them in.

I highly recommend this book. Oh yes, and one more comment on the Kindle edition. There's no issues with the fonts, the new stuff you'll have to add is bold face, I had no issues whatsoever typing in the example code.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AgentMulderUK on 8 Feb. 2012
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I found this book an excellent and informative read. The author(s) style is very engaging and friendly.

It manages three key achievements that are rare in books:

(1) it assumes the reader knows *something*, so doesn't waste pages explaining things that anyone interested could find on google in 10 seconds.

(2) introduces material in manageable incremental steps. Almost all other books I've seen in this area tend to start dumb and after 30 pages skyrocket into the unknown, leaving me to watch the trail and wonder where it's all going.

(3) Avoids trying to go too deep into some bizarre specific point for "those interested", since all that can achieve for beginners is confusion. In other words, it's written for whom it says : beginners.

Well done to the writers. Thoroughly recommended. So much so, I will be looking into other books from these authors.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John on 16 Jan. 2012
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This is a very good book - with latest Xcode 4.2 features included (storyboards, etc) and the kindle version is good ... however, the code snippets (quite an essential part) haven't translated well from the print version to the kindle.
Specifically, there are sections of code that are highlighted in the print version that need to be removed from your own code as the authors show how an app develops ... they are highlighted by strike-through text. This appears as normal text on the kindle. So you have to figure out yourself which bits to remove and which to add.
I would give three stars for the kindle version - and five for the print.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheMeatFish on 28 Feb. 2012
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I was sceptical about buying this book as I am a true beginner in the iOS world and do not have much programming skills/experience. I had tried a few other tutorials etc and was making basic applications but this book teaches you so much more.

I can't speak for the experienced users out there but for any proper beginners thinking of buying this book it well worth the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on 17 Mar. 2012
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Just the job for me!

Some slight direction assumed leading to incorrect judgement. Now that xCode has been updated, mostly to take into account the new iPad 3, there are a few updates needed in the book to keep up. Some coding is now automatic and when duplicating "Views", for instance from portrait to landscape, the buttons are also duplicated. Don't forget to move your buttons on the duplicated portrait before changing it to landscape or you may not be able to re-position lost buttons.

All-in-all, very good!

Regards
John
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sjk1000 on 22 Mar. 2012
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There are some very good chapters here but like a couple of other authors of similar books the chapters reference XCode 4.2 in the introductory text and continue to use the older methods, in particular for storyboarding. It feels like the publishers wanted to get a book published soon after XCode 4.2's release but didn't really care whether it was fit for purpose. I gave it 2 out of 5 because as I was working through it, I couldn't trust that the text was appropriate for what I needed to learn, and I felt a little ripped off having bought it on the basis that it'd been fully updated. Perhaps worth the reduced price, it's debatable whether buying this book now is educational or confusing. However, as I said earlier there are some very good chapters where the subject matter didn't needed revising.
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