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5.0 out of 5 stars A great intro to iOS 7, 13 Mar 2014
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This review is from: iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Paperback)
First off, if you don't know any OO programming languages, maybe start with their beginner's book Objective-C Programming. However, if you do know something like Java (as I did, to a basic level) then you will likely be able to launch straight into this as it starts pretty basic and guides you through all of the classes used throughout the book (with the exception of the blindingly obvious). Maybe find an online tutorial that teaches the basic syntax of C or something.

If you don't know what a String is, get their beginner's Objective-C book!

I've been through this and their Android equivalent book, and will compare it to that. Firstly, they are both (in general) really great books. Well written, fairly light hearted and not too technical. Out of the two, this one is the better written, especially for a novice, as it explains everything very clearly. At no point was I ever lost or confused about what I was doing. That did happen on occasion in the Android book.

As always in these coding books, there are a few errors here and there. As I bought this (4th) edition about 2 days after it came out the forums were not overly helpful (the errata section on the Android book's forum lists most of the errors, so if something isn't working as it should a quick check there normally comes to the rescue). However, I have to say that there were really no major errors, a couple of bits here and there but nothing that is going to throw you completely.

There are challenges at the end of most chapters which try to get you to do a bit of independent learning. The challenges in this book are not very good though. They are broken down into bronze, silver and gold challenges. Bronze are too easy, gold often can take hours of searching / guesswork, and as the book is so new there are no helpful solutions posted on the forums (not really a fault of the book, but there is no way of finding out the answer if you get stuck - tough luck!). I'm sure this will change in a few months time. Some of the challenges seem out of place (copy/paste from earlier editions?) and the required material has not been covered yet. Also, many of the challenges are just dull. In the Android book, where there is 1 challenge per chapter, the outcome was often quite cool/interesting and made you want to actually complete the challenge even if it did take some time.

So in summary, this book will give you a solid grounding in iOS, without doing anything too fancy. It has few errors (& no major ones), is very well written, in a light tone and there are many diagrams to illustrate key points. It is suitable for people that know some OO language already. If a complete beginner to Objective-C, a brief online tutorial will suffice beforehand. If you don't know any OO language, start with the more basic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 12 Jun 2014
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If you want a solid book to learn iOS Programming as well as a solid reference, don't look further. That's the book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to understand and excellent examples and tutorials, 20 May 2014
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I've read previous Big Nerd Ranch books on Cocoa Programming so immediately chose this book when I needed to learn iOS programming. Certainly not disappointed. Clear and concise, teaches you how to get the job done but doesn't skimp on the details.

Highly recommended if you want to learn iOS programming properly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for getting an overview of each topic, 21 April 2014
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The book is basically a series of very long tutorials, guiding you through topics by getting you to build a real app (well, three).

I found it very useful for getting an introduction to Auto-Layout and Core Data, two things I'd been meaning to learn for a long time. By downloading the code from their site I was able to jump straight to the Core Data section and add code to a real working app as I read through, which was excellent.
The style is clear and enjoyable to read, but it doesn't go into that much depth or explain every possible option. Don't buy this if you're looking for a reference manual!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant, 11 April 2014
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Briliant book! As long as you know a little Objective-C this book is awesome! I knew Java before, and bought their book on Objective-C. Very good combo
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