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  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470542934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470542934
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Build killer iPhone apps, sell them in the App Store, and have fun doing it! We could have called this the complete guide to iPhone and iPod touch app development, because it′s packed with more than 800 pages covering what you need to know to create and sell the best iPhone apps ever! Whether you′re a novice developer or a seasoned pro, you′ll benefit from this good advice about what makes a great mobile app, easy ways to code, how to market your stuff, and more. Think small — understand what makes a great app for a mobile device and how to play to the iPhone′s strengths Know the code — get familiar with Objective–C, object–oriented programming, and the extensions that apply to iPhone development Functional user interfaces — learn how to design, build, and implement an effective user interface Industrial–strength apps — explore how to work with table views, controllers and their models, and maps Doing data — look at ways to store and access data on the iPhone and how Core Data can make programming easier Visit the companion Web site at www.dummies.com/go/iphoneappdevaio to find plenty of code examples you can use in developing your own cool iPhone apps! Open the book and find: A detailed example of a real app and how it′s built How to keep your users happy What Core Data is and how to use it Great tips for marketing your apps How Xcode® helps you debug and fine–tune your code Ways to build e–mail functionality into your app Development techniques using the Software Development Kit Rules for managing memory

About the Author

Neal Goldstein is an iPhone developer and the author of Objective–C For Dummies . His iPhone startup is developing an application that will radically change how iPhones are used to manage information. Tony Bove is the creator of Tony′s Tips for iPhone Users and wrote or cowrote all editions of iPod & iTunes For Dummies .

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Morrison on 13 Jun. 2012
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This would have been a really well thought out book, with great coverage and examples on how to build an app from scratch, however, it's targeted at XCode 3.2.1 and iOS 3.2.

Worth buying if it's for background reading and if it's cheap, but the examples don't match the current way of developing apps in XCode 4.2.1 and iOS 5 (soon to be 6).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gadgeteer on 5 Aug. 2010
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This book is an excellent guide to not just programming an app for the iphone, but how to market it. There is a step by step guide on how to submit your application to itunes and what some of the common reason are for being rejected. If you are thinking of developing an app for the iphone this is a must to buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ross McQuillan on 25 Feb. 2011
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When reading through the book you don't feel as though you're reading through a list of instructions instead you feel as if you know the author, making this book easy to read and get through.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. H. Taylor on 2 July 2012
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I have two Windows PCs and at the time of purchase it was not obvious that I would need an Apple Mac to enable me to write iPhone Applications. The book is useless to me unless I purchase an Apple Mac which I can not afford.
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Not totally worthless 24 Sept. 2010
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had a lot of luck with the for dummies series in the past. It's usually a good way to bootstrap yourself into a technology if you have little experience with the technology. Granted the subject matter in this case is tough. There's a lot to teach. Unfortunately, at least one of these writers is not a very good teacher.

There's a lot of step by step instructions; but, a lot of the meanings of those steps are glossed over. It seems like the author(s) spends time on unimportant details and fails to expound on important details. The author(s) also make some unfortunate assumptions about what you do and don't know already and that contributes to the unimportant vs. important info problem. Another failing that results from that is that they take time to explain how to do things the wrong way so that they can explain how to do it the right way. In one case, they took 2 pages to show you the wrong way before moving on to the right way. This is confusing and a waste of my time.

I found typographical errors in the sample code. I checked it against the code I downloaded from their site. This is very frustrating as readers don't have a complete grasp of the material and are not able to debug their bad code. I was never able to compile either of the code projects which impairs learning as well. I was able to compile the code from their site; but, not able to combine it with my code and get it to compile.

The book tries to teach too much. They should have concentrated more on the basics and explained things more clearly and fully.

By the time you finish this book you will have a grasp of many of the details about iPhone application development; but, you will not have a clear picture about how to actually create one from scratch.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Usual for "For Dummies" 3 Aug. 2010
By Michael Dominick - Published on Amazon.com
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Like most of the "For Dummies" software development books this one gives the reader a good crash course in application development. Unfortunately, it shares the "For Dummies" habit of letting typographical errors through the editing process. Luckily, I did not see any unintentional errors in the sample code, so the book is not worthless.

WHAT THIS IS NOT

This is not a reference for Objective-C. If you want an Objective-C reference, look elsewhere.

Ultimately, this book is a good choice for people interested in iPhone OS app development that have no experience developing for OS X and/or have no knowledge of iOS but is not recommended for anybody else, as there is little an experienced Apple developer will gain from it that he or she couldn't from Apple's documentation on their developer site.
paper wasting 6 Oct. 2012
By David S. James - Published on Amazon.com
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I am absolutely not happy with this book. It contains too much useless information, the author wasted lots of paper and IMHO greenpeace should sue him! :) I could simply recycle 50% of the book without losing any valuable information.

I was aware of negative reviews written by others. I did not pay that much attention to them because I knew that software development requires knowledge in theory and it is not so easy for inexperienced person to become a software developer without passing appropriate course.

I am software developer for last 13 years, I needed a book to get general idea how iPhone apps are developed but this book is something completely useless for both: newbie and experienced developers.
it's great thanks 11 Feb. 2013
By lissajous - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice for beginners 10 April 2014
By Ruben J Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
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This book teach you the basics of programming apps, very good for beginners like I was, learned a lot. Its not specific for one iOS with the same principles you can understand how to make an app no matter what iOS you are working on.
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