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5.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor inspiration to get developers started
There are a lot of books out there about ios/iPhone/iPad programming and it's hard to tell some of them apart. Having a lot of development experience on other platforms and other languages, it would seem an easy progression to add Objective-C, Cocoa-touch and IOS to my existing stable of development technologies, but while computers are computers Apple kit is that bit...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a good book, but it's not great. In my opinion the layout of the book is really bad, not only that, after each example, the code you were just asked to type, is repeated within the next few pages, making the book at least 100 pages shorter. It'd be much better if the author explained what was going on as you go along; this isn't really ideal for beginners...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor inspiration to get developers started, 12 Jan 2011
This review is from: Beginning IOS 4 Application Development (Paperback)
There are a lot of books out there about ios/iPhone/iPad programming and it's hard to tell some of them apart. Having a lot of development experience on other platforms and other languages, it would seem an easy progression to add Objective-C, Cocoa-touch and IOS to my existing stable of development technologies, but while computers are computers Apple kit is that bit differrent, even special and so it goes with Apples development environment - it takes some getting used to.

This book rises from the pile of IOS development tomes and presents itself as a beacon lighting the way. The colour makes everything so much easier to follow and the example screenshots are much easier to follow. With most books you have to really think about what the book is saying and how you would do this using the Apple developer tools - really they need people to follow along on the computer. At first glance this book is the same, but having gained a little familiarity with the development environment, the examples in the book really benefit from the addition of colour - it's far easier to visualise the environment and the code has colour syntax highlights - making it far easier to read. No more drab grey screenshots - you can see the real thing in colour. It may seem a trivial thing but the addition of colour and good layout and organisation makes this an easy book to read and follow - even when not seated next to a Mac.

The book is full of small examples that illustrate a particular topic, so it's really easy to digest and the organisation means that it will work well as a refresher reference. For example, early on we look at a "hello world" application, introducing XCode and Interface Builder. Later sections show how to use views, another section discusses handling application preferences. At the end of the book there ae some reference topics and a superb "quick-start" into Objective-C for experienced programmers.

I absolutely love this book and I can't imagine a quicker and better organised start to IOS development. 600 pages of great information, presented well. Top marks to the Author and the publisher for high production values in producing the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read, a cookbook-like approach, 7 Oct 2011
This review is from: Beginning IOS 4 Application Development (Paperback)
Starting from the appearance, its very good-looking, with its full-color images and code snippets.. Colored code snippets make it easier to read and understand the examples. It is not a cookbook, but its approach is similar to a cookbook, since it explains small topics, presenting a problem or an objective and then explaining how to solve it. It has a particular approach to each problem, which may seem a little bit redundant at the beginning: it first tells what you are going to do and presents a full-code solution to the problem, then it explains how the code shown works rewriting piece by piece the whole code.. it wastes a far amount of pages doing that, but I think it is a good approach. I'm only at the beginning of the book, maybe in the future I will update this review with further considerations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 1 May 2011
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This review is from: Beginning IOS 4 Application Development (Paperback)
This is a good book, but it's not great. In my opinion the layout of the book is really bad, not only that, after each example, the code you were just asked to type, is repeated within the next few pages, making the book at least 100 pages shorter. It'd be much better if the author explained what was going on as you go along; this isn't really ideal for beginners. Sometimes you need to write 2 pages of code, which 1. is not ideal for beginners as the explanation comes later - so you've got no idea what you're typing & 2. all that code is repeated over the next few pages while the author explains what happened. This was the first book I started reading on iOS development, but after a few chapters, I put it down, due to the fact that it's not really for people who don't have any programming experience in objective C. The chapter about XML parsing/web services will not work at all as the link from which you're supposed to get the data, is dead. After going through another book, I went back to this one. Anyway, this is more like a reference book. If you've done some iOS programming before/you've got some programming experience in objective C, then this book is for you. If you're a beginner, who wants to get into iOS development then I'd recommend you read the following book first: ISBN-10: 9780672332203.
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