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Beginning iPhone 5 Development: Exploring the iOS 5 SDK [Paperback]

David Mark , Jack Nutting , Jeff LaMarche
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22 Dec 2011 1430236051 978-1430236054
The team that brought you the bestselling Beginning iPhone 4 Development is back again for Beginning iOS 5 Development, bringing this definitive guide up-to-date with Apple's latest and greatest iOS SDK, as well as with the latest version of Xcode. There's coverage of brand new technologies, with chapters on storyboards and iCloud, for example, as well as significant updates to existing chapters to bring them in line with all the changes that came with the iOS 5 SDK. You'll have everything you need to create your very own apps for the latest iOS devices, including the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and the latest iPod touch. Every single sample program in the book has been rebuilt from scratch using Xcode 4.2 and the latest iOS 5-specific project templates and designed to take advantage of the latest Xcode features. Assuming only a minimal working knowledge of Objective-C, and written in a friendly, easy-to-follow style, Beginning iOS 5 Development offers a complete soup-to-nuts course in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch programming. The book starts with the basics, walking through the process of downloading and installing Xcode and the iOS 5 SDK, and then guides you though the creation of your first simple application. From there, you'll learn how to integrate all the interface elements Apple touch users have come to know and love, such as buttons, switches, pickers, toolbars, and sliders. You'll master a variety of design patterns, from the simplest single view to complex hierarchical drill-downs. The confusing art of table building will be demystified, and you'll learn how to save your data using the iPhone file system. You'll also learn how to save and retrieve your data using a variety of persistence techniques, including Core Data and SQLite. And there's much more! You'll learn to draw using Quartz 2D and OpenGL ES, add multitouch gestural support (pinches and swipes) to your applications, and work with the camera, photo li

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (22 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430236051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430236054
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,735 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

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best iOS 5 introduction 12 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done 8 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent book - but kindle version has bugs 16 Jan 2012
By John
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 19 May 2012
By Mr E
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 28 Feb 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent assistant 17 Mar 2012
By John
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!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not "rewritten from scratch" 22 Mar 2012
By sjk1000
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful at all
Because of a terrible index it's almost impossible to find anything in this book. So, as reference material, it's hopeless.
A good third of the book is devoted to layouts. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mitis Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough And Accessible
I'm catching up on the latest iOs innovations (until iOs 7...) and this was a great book for catching up. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. N. Mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory textbook
Although I am an experienced developer (more than twenty years experience in a variety of languages and frameworks) I have always thought the learning curve for objective-C and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bart Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for a beginner to Objective C
I tried video tutorials on for iOS Dev which were quite good. But after buying this, I can honestly say that nothing can compare to having a book that brings a beginner... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cordo
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
I'm a PHP developer, I struggled to find a good online resource for learning iOS, the mac developer tutorials were quite hard for me to follow

This book helped me make... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr R P Heywood
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Going = lacks clarity
It is well structured but the explanation and instructions are not always clear or complete. It goes too fast at beginning and slow when unnecessary.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. R. K. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Very solid tutorial that takes you from nothing to developing basic...
This is a very well written book: I read every page - which is not something I can say about every book I've bought on programming! Read more
Published 20 months ago by T. Powell
1.0 out of 5 stars Publisher support FAIL
It looks like a good book. It promises a support forum, since this stuff is complicated. But when an example doesn't work, you try the support forum, and it isn't there. Read more
Published 23 months ago by John Dallman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to IOS5
Coming from a C/C#/Java background this was an ideal book to help me understand the iOS paradigm. Each development process is outlined in detail the first time you come across it... Read more
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