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Complete Idiot's Guide to iPad & iPhone App Development (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – 28 Oct 2010

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161564010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615640102
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Troy Brant is a graduate student at Stanford University and has been a teaching assistant for the iPhone™ development course there since its inception. He has personally developed applications for the iPhone and has taught students with no previous Mac or Objective-C experience how to develop iPhone applications.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sparkycasegbr on 15 Oct. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read a few other books about iphone/iPad programming prior to this one, so I had an understanding before I started this book.

If you are a beginner, then it guides you through the early chapters, than it tells you what to do, but doesn't hand your hand and relies on what you learnt in the early chapters. This is a great way of testing that the knowledge sticks.

My one criticism with this book, is that it then goes into downloading feeds from Twitter. I really cannot stand Twitter and the way every single company is on there to be perceived as "cool". I don't see the point of it, and I would have preferred if they used something else to demonstrate the use of the features of iOS.

But, if you are a twitter fan, then go for it, because it could be useful for you.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ross on 19 May 2012
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This book was purchased to help understand the IPad I bought recently. It should not be entitled an idiot's guide it is far too sophisticated. I gave up reading it as it was too time consuming to unravel as to what the author was getting at. I wish the writer thought more about the reader there was not even a diagram showing where the controls were and an explanation of the different functions. OK I must be an idiot but this publication did little to help me understand the BASICS of my IPad. The 3 weeks it took to reach me was not clever either.
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By mrs jean ives on 9 April 2015
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, except too many typos 6 Nov. 2010
By Bob Woodridge - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the second book on iOS programming I've used, and I got it specifically to move on to the iPad. Overall, I'm very pleased with the book. Compared to the first book, it streamlines a number of processes. However, even though the title lists iPad before iPhone, it only devotes one out of 23 chapters to the iPad. Also, for a book with the title "Complete Idiot", there are way too many typos that cause the programs to not compile cleanly. Luckily I have 30 years of programming and debugging, and can quickly figure out what's wrong, but if I actually were a novice, it would become frustrating. That's why I only gave it four stars -- too many typo's, and only one chapter on iPad programming.

- Well written, full of tips and gotcha alerts, keeps to the point.
- Covers quite a bit of ground, including becoming a paid Apple developer.
- Uses real programs, doesn't start with "Hello World".
- Doesn't hold your hand, shows you how to do something once, and from then
on, just tells you what to do, not how to do it (but does refer you back to
where to look if you don't remember how). Really helped me to remember,
instead of relying on the book as a crutch.

- Only one chapter dedicated to iPad programming.
- Looks rushed, too many small typo's in the code that cause compile issues.
- Doesn't hold your hand. This was a PRO for me, but not what I would expect
for a "Complete Idiot's Guide". Ironically, the other iPhone book I'm
using, which isn't marketed as for Idiot's or Dummies, does give you the
complete steps throughout the book, even in the later chapters. However, I
found that I wasn't learning the basics this way, since I didn't have to
remember them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Published my first App using this book 26 April 2011
By Daniel A. Kosek - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really like the book. I have some "C" and Delphi (Object Pascal) knowledge from 20-15 years ago, but I was never more than a hobbyist programmer. I agree the book has typos and I have kept an errata list to send to Troy. Just work each chapter in order and resist the urge to jump around until you get to at least chapter 10.

Even with those, I published my first App by the time I reached chapter 11. I'm in the process of developing five others, three of which are way beyond my knowledge, but having worked my way through more of the book, I'm not afraid to try.

Worst case you can read the book and when you get stuck, at least you can write somewhat understandable questions to the coders that frequent stackoverflow ... :) And visit the links to Stanford cs193 that are in the book.

IMHO, if you haven't read the book, you should review it based on what others said.

Jump on in, the water's fine ...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not really for idiots 18 Jan. 2011
By Tim Andrews - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hmm! Not sure this is really designed for idiots. By its own admission it says that you really need some programming experience, familiarity with object-oriented programming and some experience with C. I have been working through the examples and have got as far as Chapter 4, but not sure I really understand what I am doing. If you are prepared to put in the effort and have some background knowledge or programming and scripting you will get there - but it will take a long time.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A really fast way to learn 22 Sept. 2010
By trigeek - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love progressing from simple to more complex tutorials in each chapter. It feels like I'm working on actual assignments.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Two Mini Tipe-Ohz. Mutch tyme waisted. 3 Mar. 2012
By treyz - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is not a book for beginners. It could have been. This book is for masochists who enjoy wasting time due to numerous typos.

As a previous reviewer stated, the book has so many needless typos that one needs to be an experienced programmer in order to figure out why the example program breaks. And the sad part is, even the source code from the author's website has bugs in it. Attention to detail anyone? I'm not sure who's to blame: the publisher or the author. Even if the typos make it to the printing press, at least have a link on a website somewhere that details the errors and their corrections.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the overall delivery of the book. At a certain point in the book, the author makes the reader code certain sections that have been addressed earlier in the book. I like that. It's a proven fact that people learn by doing. Sink or swim. But with the typos involved, it's like I'm trying to learn to swim with someone's foot on my head. Very frustrating.

If the publisher releases an updated version, I beg them to eradicate the typos. As it stands, the time wasted due to chasing typos ruins an otherwise enjoyable book.
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