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Decent book for those with a background in computers
on 12 May 2010
Picked up this book because I'm interested in programming games for the iPhone - have put stuff on the App Store previously, but using a 3rd party tool to allow me to code in already familiar languages. This book concentrates on building in x-code, and the objective-C language that is used to compile native apps for the iPhone.
It covers a great breadth of topics, from quite basic how to's about submitting your game (which I could've done with before I submitted a game - Apple's certificates process can be frustrating, though they have improved the help on their website).
As well as these invaluable guides, there is a fair bit about the programming language, with examples, and chapters set up to walk you through basic concepts.
These too were very interesting, and definitely useful - you undoubtedly have to be fairly technical minded, but there is no way you're going to be coding in Objective-C unless you are pretty comfortable with a computer.
Not quite worth 5 stars, as it could've done with a bit more detail on the actual programming front. I think after you've been through this book, an actual Obj-C programming guide would still be required.
In summary, a very useful guide to games on the iPhone. Without a computer background, it'll be hard going. With a computer background, it's fill in a lot of gaps, but be prepared to buy another more detailed programming language book on top of this one.