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

Joe Conway , Aaron Hillegass
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19 Mar 2012 0321821521 978-0321821522 3

Winner of a 2012 Jolt Productivity Award!


Updated and expanded to cover iOS 5 and Xcode 4.3, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications. After completing this book, you will have the understanding, the know-how, and the confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own.

Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular iOS Bootcamp course and its well-tested materials and methodology, this best-selling guide teaches iOS concepts and coding in tandem. The result is instruction that is relevant and useful.

Throughout the book, the authors clearly explain what’s important to know and share their insights into the larger context of the iOS platform. This gives you a real understanding of how iOS development works, the many features that are available, and when and where to apply what you’ve learned.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Xcode 4.3, Instruments, and Storyboards
  • ARC, strong and weak references, and retain cycles
  • Interfacing with iCloud
  • Handling touch events and gestures
  • Tool bars, navigation controllers, and split view controllers
  • Localization and Internationalization
  • Block syntax and use
  • Background execution and multi-tasking
  • Saving/loading data: Archiving and Core Data
  • Core Location and Map Kit
  • Communicating with web services
  • Working with XML, JSON, and NSRegularExpression
  •   Using the Model-View-Controller-Store design pattern

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  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Big Nerd Ranch Guides; 3 edition (19 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321821521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321821522
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 Joe Conway is the senior iOS instructor at Big Nerd Ranch and has been consulting on the iOS platform since its creation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has been writing Objective-C and Cocoa code since the dawn of OS X. Joe wrote the materials for the exceptionally popular Big Nerd Ranch iOS Bootcamp course, on which this book is based.

 Aaron Hillegass, a former employee of NeXT and Apple, has nearly two decades experience programming and teaching Objective-C, Cocoa, and more recently, iOS. In 2001, Aaron founded Big Nerd Ranch and began developing intensive courses that teach programming in a focused, distraction-free environment. Aaron is also the author of Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide and Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Written by a programmer for programmers 9 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first programmed a computer in 1968 and enjoyed a career as a programmer until demand for this kind of work fell away.

A few months ago, I was given the very welcome opportunity to revive my programming career. The job was to develop an iPhone application to take set-up information from a database and return a report.

I'd never programmed for this platform before. Worse, I had never even used the programming language although I recall reading Brad Cox's original paper on Objective C. I'd taken the C++ and Java route rather than use the message-passing form of object oriented programming that I now found myself using. Worse still, I had a tight deadline.

Never having regarded myself as a nerd, I was somewhat put off by the title of this book but it's remarkable how little help I was able to get out of others that aimed to teach the same subject.

This book got me started and greatly eased the process of completing the work. Taking the reader through example application programs - I'm supposed to call them "apps" now - it introduced new aspects of the platform and programming language with clear and concise explanations. It introduced useful techniques that I could apply immediately.

Problems? Only a few and minor.

Get the paper version. A Kindle is too narrow an orifice through which to use this kind of work, even using the Mac kindle reader full screen. I had to constantly refer back to previous chapters.

For what I had to do, the book left me having still to do a lot of research but that was only to be expected.

If you want more than you get from the trivial introduction to programming an iPhone or iPad offered by, for example, the Apple web pages, this book will help you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, well done, but with a few catches 4 April 2013
By Caloman
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Great for beginners and intermediate developers on IOS. Only a minor glitch about not embracing storyboards. I agree beginers should start without them but not use them at all??! Seriusly!!

All things considerated, a must buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great practical book to learn iOS programming 8 Dec 2013
Great book to learn how to develop app for iOS even if never programmed in Objective-C. In this book the reader learns by following the practical examples and solving the challenges, instead of just reading the theory.

A drawback of this book is that it is about the version 4.3 of Xcode while the last version is 5, which is different from the presented on the book. One way to overcome this is to follow the instructions in [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for iOS 7 book from this author 29 May 2013
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This book certainly comes very close to being the most understandable I have encountered so far. Keep up the good work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but needs an iOS6 update 5 Mar 2013
By Hawfinch TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I'm about halfway through and finding this an excellent guide to the complexities of iOS app development, Xcode and the Cocoa API. It's not really a beginner's book, though, so if you're starting iOS programming from scratch, you should work through one of the Objective-C textbooks first.

Each chapter takes you step by step through some code demonstrating a feature of iOS such as memory management, view controllers and notifications. You type in the code and read the commentary by the authors to understand what you're doing, then you tackle the "challenges" at the end of the chapters to practice what you've learnt. If you get stuck on the challenges, you can pick up tips in the Nerd Ranch forums.

Apple are frequently updating iOS, Cocoa and Xcode, so books like this need to be kept up-to-date with appropriate revisions. This edition is for iOS5. As I write, the current iOS is 6.1, and there are times when I'm working through the code examples and finding that something isn't working because Apple have changed some feature in the latest iOS. The Nerd Ranch forums are helpful for finding workarounds for these problems, though, so it's more of a slight annoyance rather than a major obstacle.

Hopefully this book will get a revision before, or soon after, the next major iOS update.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 3 Jan 2013
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this is a great book for iOS programming. it teaches us from the scratch and in a very helpful way. i recommend it mostly to the beginners of the iOS programming.
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