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IOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) [Paperback]

Joe Conway , Aaron Hillegass
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2 July 2011 0321773772 978-0321773777 2

In this book, the world's leading Apple platform development trainers offer a complete, practical, hands-on introduction to iPhone and iPad programming. The authors walk through all the Apple tools and technologies needed to build successful iPhone/iPad/iPod touch apps, including the iOS 4.3 SDK, the Objective-C language, Xcode 4, Foundation framework, and the classes that make up the iOS UI framework. The many topics covered in this book include:

  • Easily setting up elegant, efficient user interfaces with UIKit
  • Creating effective visuals, animation, and effects with Core Graphics and Core Animation
  • Making the most of the iOS multi-touch event handling and accelerometer data
  • Building location-aware iOS applications utilizing Core Location and MapKit
  • Localizing applications for international use
  • Creating applications that capture audio and play media
  • Storing data in files or with Core Data

New chapters added to this edition include:

  • iPad-friendly interfaces, including UIPopoverController and UISplitViewController
  • Blocks and Categories
  • Instruments and Xcode’s static analyzer
  • UIWebView and connecting with web servers
  • Push Notifications

iOS Programming also includes a handy Xcode Quick Reference Card that lists Xcode 4's most commonly used keyboard shortcuts.

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  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (2 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321773772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321773777
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 17.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Pick up this book and turn yourself into an iPhone developer."
— Dietrich Kappe, CTO Pathfinder Development

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Updated and expanded to cover iOS 4, Xcode 4, and iPad development, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential tools and techniques for developing iOS applications.

The guide is based on Big Nerd Ranch's popular iOS Bootcamp course and its well-tested teaching methodology. Concepts and coding are taught in tandem, and the result is instruction that is relevant and useful.

After completing this book, you will have the knowledge, the experience, and the confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably The Bench Mark 9 Aug 2011
This is third book I have purchased on iOS application development, and I pretty much consider it a bench mark for other authors/publishers to follow.

This first title I purchased (Learning iPhone Programming) merely scratched the surface, so when I initially started working through this title I was a little confused as the concepts were shown rather differently. Rather than just creating projects using Xcode's built in templates (like the afore mentioned title), you are shown how to create the various views/controllers programatically which gives you a better understanding behind these concepts.

There are also plenty of diagrams included which help give you an understanding as to how the projects you build are held together using Apples preferred programming model MVC, as well as diagrams which simply help to get the points in the text across to the reader.

If I have one minor criticism, it would be that not every piece code is explained (the majority is), but then I guess that is what Apple's documentation is for, so I am probably expecting everything to be handed to me on a plate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check your edition number first. 14 July 2014
These series of books are great. Be warned though, if going for a second hand copy, make sure you are getting the coronet printing number, they are up to the 4th edition now. 2nd is OK but doesn't cover the latest OS changes that apple have made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly reccomended 16 Feb 2013
By Jack
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It covers all the topics other books do. The diference with the other books I have read on this subject is that this book explains why concepts are done this way.

So if you are looking for a parrot, look elsewhere, if you want to not only learn, but understand why writing iOS apps is done this way, this book is the business.
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By Squg
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This book is nominally aimed at the beginner to iOS programming. Nevertheless, despite already being an experienced developer, I found much of value in it. Its development of the ideas of memory management is outstanding. It really got down to the nitty gritty of what is going on, and after reading it I have a much better idea of how and why much of the boiler plate code that I always use works. I would thoroughly recommend it for any developer.
The only possible criticisms are that it fails to address ARC or grand central dispatch. Hopefully a future edition will deal with those subjects.
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By Ronny
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This is 2nd book everyone should read when you start programming for iOS.

The first one you should read is also from The Big Nerd Ranch : learning objective C. Why you should read it (unless you're very, very familiar with Objective C) ? Because it nicely explains everything you need to know about Objective C to get started with iOS. Nothing more, nothing less. No overkill, just plain & clear explanations. Advanced topics like block code will only become really clear when you use it a few times in examples in the iOS programming book

To my opinion, the criticism on some reviews about having to type so much code in is not correct : I know from many years of programming in several languages that the only way to learn a language is not to look at it, not to read (too much) about it, but to type in code, and understand every single letter you're typing, and to know why it is. Most chapters end with a challenge, to really make you start thinking about the subject, and to force you to dive into the SDK documentation in Xcode. That's also the message you get early in the book : USE the documentation as much as possible. Far from everything in the SDK can be captured in books, it's just too much.

I've read tens of books so far about all kinds of programming languages, this book really excels them all. It is so well thought, and you'll learn so many details on the way, that you'll be amazed how far you get by only finishing this book. But really finishing it of course.
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