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iPhone iOS 5 Development Essentials [Kindle Edition]

Neil Smyth
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Book Description

Now updated with five new chapters dedicated to the Storyboard feature of Xcode, the aim of iPhone iOS 5 Development Essentials is to teach you the skills necessary to build your own applications for the iPhone. Beginning with the basics, this book provides an overview of the iPhone hardware and the architecture of iOS 5. An introduction to programming in Objective-C is provided followed by an in-depth look at the design of iPhone applications and user interfaces.

More advanced topics such as file handling, database management, graphics drawing and animation are also covered, as are touch screen handling, gesture recognition, multitasking, iAds integration, map and location management, split views, camera access and video playback support.

New iOS 5 specific features are also covered in detail including page view controller implementation, the UIDocument class, iCloud based storage, Storyboard user interface design, automatic reference counting, Twitter integration and image filtering with Core Image.

iPhone iOS 5 Development Essentials takes a modular approach to the subject of iPhone application development with each chapter covering a self contained topic area. This makes the book both an easy to follow learning aid and an excellent reference resource.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4693 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466337273
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UOYU98
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 30 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a good book to take you through the 'ins and outs' of ios 5 then look no further. Short and to the point chapters, with code that is fully explained i found this book to be a breath of fresh air. What it needs is a exercise section at the end of each chapter so you can practice what you have just learned but other than that no issues.

Fantastic price.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 26 Oct. 2011
By Tom Molocznik - Published on
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Great book if you want to learn the fundamentals and new features of XCode 4.2, ios5. It is easy to
understand and the author gives you clear, simple and effective samples of code with step by step
views of how to setup a project with interface builder. Well worth the $9.99!!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 7 Dec. 2011
By John Phelan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not 12 hours after I posted the original review (below) I was contacted by the author and furnished with a revised version of the e-book that fixed the typos that I mentioned. Fantastic! My 4 star review has been upgraded to 5 stars, I believe the revised version is what is for sale now, so this is great.

By the way, I am a fairly experienced but strictly amateur html/php programmer, and this book took me from never having seen XCode to doing some pretty fancy stuff in about 20 hours of work. I'm really happy with it.

Original Review:

I have been using this book for a few days and generally love it, but I have come across a few typos. When these are in the code examples it can be a killer. I am using the Kindle version of the book, so I don't have page numbers, but there is a line of code in Chapter 20, section 20.4 that says:

#import "pageViewViewController.h"

that should say:

# import "pageAppViewController.h"

That one slowed me down with error messages for a while. I know this book was probably rushed out as iOS 5 is pretty new, but hopefully these get cleaned up and revised. If anyone sees any others and can post them here that would be a huge help.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Up to Date APP Development Book 27 Nov. 2011
By Olaf - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not long ago I purchased an iPad. I've been a PC person my adult life but I was so impressed with the iPad that I wanted to learn more about all Apple products. I purchased a nice 'used' MacBook laptop and then I wanted to learn how to develop Apps. I purchased several books on App development. Although the books were not 'old' books by any means, I had a problem reading and understanding them because in every case they were already outdated. I've got books that cover iOS 4 and Xcode 3.2 and while the books are well written they just didn't 'match up' with the software versions on my computer. But that all changed with my purchase of iPhone iOS 5 Development Essentials. This book (of which I have the Kindle Version) is up-to-date, informative, and well written. It provides a wealth of information on iPhone 4S which I hope to get from Santa Claus this Christmas. That will round out my Apple hardware needs as I continue to pursue my App development adventures guided, of course, by this book. I'm usually pretty stingy when it comes to handing out 'Stars' in my reviews, but in this case they are well deserved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book but Lots of Old Material 1 Jan. 2012
By Charles N. Stone - Published on
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This book was clearly written for iOS 4 and "updated". It has some great examples that are easy to run through and all work as describe. However, lots of the material is meant for iOS 4. There is a section for storyboards but storyboards are not used throughout the book as would be expected if this book was written for iOS 5. With that said I'm glad to have read this book. It provides the other way of doing things. Recommend this book but not as the only book you buy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough information on the new capabilities of xcode 26 Dec. 2011
By TheReader - Published on
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This book seems to concentrate more on information from earlier versions of xcode. I was disappointed to read pages and pages and pages about programming that works but does not take advantage of the new user friendly capabilities of xcode 4.2. Really disappointed that Storyboarding was only briefly touched on and the conventional way of making a view-based app made for the majority of the book. Also a lot of time was spent on the history of the iphone, its hardware, the camera inside it, which is all things we know is great but does not need to be included in a book about programming apps.

I also got kind of annoyed with how the author jumps from complex to more simple examples. The chronology of the book at times is both frustrating and unintuitive. After the traditional "Hello World" exercise, the author's next example is an app the converts fahrenheit to celsius. Also very early in the book the author dives in to objective-C protocols on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing and tosses it all out there much too quickly. Should have started the book by giving an implementation of all the objects, starting with simple labels and buttons and then moving on to the Page Control, the tab bars, nav bars, ect. Teach the tools that are needed and used in 90% of applications first. Show us how to use ALL the objects in play before throwing out mathematical conversion apps. The most important thing for a beginner to learn is how to use all the objects so they can create the foundation for their own applications. And for christsakes show us storyboarding, it's a new user friendly feature in xcode that saves us ALot of time by making us not have to code view changes by hand.

All in all, two stars because if you read the book you'll be able to do basic stuff, but not worth $9.99 because the information updates for the new xcode and ios5 is limited, and definitely seems like a slightly modified version of the ios4 book. You can get much of this information free right now by doing a google search and watching youtube tutorials. The new features of xcode, however, are not really touched on, and the information you can find on the new features of xcode you cannot google search or find a whole lot of youtube videos (atleast at this time). So for me, I bought this book primarily to learn about the new xcode 4.2 and was let down.
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