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5.0 out of 5 stars More iPhone 3 Development... More of the good stuff..., 20 Jan 2010
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Ian K (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: More iPhone 3 Development: Tackling iPhone SDK 3 (Books for Professionals by Professionals) (Paperback)
Jeff and Dave return with a follow up book to Beginning iPhone 3 Development and it picks up right from where the first book ended.

It's written in a similar style to the first book and is targeted towards developers who are comfortable with the concepts and material covered in that volume.

Nearly half the book is dedicated to Core Data, the new object persistence technology introduced with iPhone SDK 3.0. Although the Apple Documentation on Core Data is very comprehensive, these chapters provide a little extra hand-holding and guidance on this advanced technology.

The second half of the book covers a variety of additional API technologies including networking, mapkit and iPod library access. However by far the most useful section of this book deals with keeping your app responsive by using multi-threading and asynchronous operations. This is a tricky subject area and Jeff and Dave do a good job of explaining it all.

I'm an experienced developer and found this book useful and easy to skim to details despite being orientated towards novice-to-intermediate level programmers. That alone is quite an achievement, but the easy going writing style along with quality advice and information mean this is a solid investment for any iPhone developers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, Once Again, 15 Feb 2010
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D. Moore - See all my reviews
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This review is from: More iPhone 3 Development: Tackling iPhone SDK 3 (Books for Professionals by Professionals) (Paperback)
As with their previous book, Dave and Jeff continue on with the fun, enjoyable style of writing that really takes the drag out of studying such a lot of information.

Well presented with clear examples and useful notes on pitfalls etc...

As a relative new-comer to iPhone development, from a development background on other platforms, I found this refreshing and enjoyable as well as deep and informative.

I can thoroughly recommend this and the others in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars iLike this More iPhone book, 20 July 2010
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Edgardo Agno (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: More iPhone 3 Development: Tackling iPhone SDK 3 (Books for Professionals by Professionals) (Paperback)
I've actually read this book a couple of months back but only got the chance now to sit down and write a review about it. Ok, iOS 4, iPad and iPhone 4 are now all out. First question is, is this book still relevant? Absolutely. If there is a newer edition to this one, with the newest iOS 4 updates get it. If not, it is still worth spending the 17 you pay for it. Although it would be nice to get more in-depth with the newer iOS 4 features like blocks which are the lambda versions on .Net. They would have been more convenient when writing fetched queries and manipulating the predicates.

So I gave the Beginning iPhone development full marks but questioned the cohesiveness of the and reusability of the chapters. Well More iPhone development is a direct response to those two criticism of mine. I believe the book shines from chapters 2-7 the Core Data chapters. It is true that this book is the continuation of what they have left of from the "Beginning". The core data chapters alone with the reusable codes designed by the authors is worth the price. These chapters are basically an extended layer above the Core Data API and pretty much fills the gap between Core Data and a generic object editor. What I am talking about here is the author's design and code of ManagedObjectEditor the heart and soul of of these chapters. The explanation of all the concepts leading to this piece of code is very well organized. But the beauty lies on it's re-usability: after you have modeled your tables using the data modeler, all you have to do in your code is alter a few specific parameters and voila, you have a fully functional singing and dancing database driven iPhone application without much hassle. What these chapter basically does is it tells you the guts of the author's extended Core Data layer.

Who should read this book? Obviously those who have read the first one or those who already know the concepts discussed on the first book. I've come a long way after reading the first book and after publishing my first iPhone app. Since then with this book, I have used the Mac OS X Reference library which by the way is a wealth of very readable code and explanation which these type books may fall short. The reference library will be an indispensable friend. In the Beginning I needed a lot of guidance and step by step explanation of what to do in Objective C and XCode. Here at More, I don't exactly need the same guidance however it still delivers more than expected. These books are still invaluable and complements whatever is out there in the reference libraries and discussion forums.

The rest of the chapters are not too shabby either. They are smaller and compact yet still very informative. They are actually easier to read compared to the first part because you have to read all the chapters on Core Data otherwise you may get lost in it. I've actually used chapter 10 Working with Data From the Web on my first app before I read the rest of this book and had no problem reading this isolated chapter and making use of it. As I was developing my database intensive iPhone app. I have come across a lot of memory leaks or over releasing objects. The chapter on Debugging has helped on resolving these issues. My advice to all Xcode developers: please run your app using the Performance Tools on Leaks. This will be you other best friend along side the Reference library particularly on Memory Management.

In conclusion, I give this book another 5 stars for the author's style, comprehensiveness and re-usability of their code, right where they left me from the previous installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Book from Apress, 6 Jun 2010
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This review is from: More iPhone 3 Development: Tackling iPhone SDK 3 (Books for Professionals by Professionals) (Paperback)
I have bought several of the iphone books from Apress all from different authors, but all of them have been useful guides and references. I bought this book primarily for the communications section that deals with communicating with other iphones. Although I mainly use the apple guideline documents during development I do find the Apress books handy in the way that they give a real world example of the problems and solutions. Some of these examples like most books do work on the most common implementations but you can certainly use the book to give you ideas on how to approach subjects in your code.

A good book full of handy hints and tips as well as good explanations. I'd say its a worth while read for both hobbyists and professionals alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dave and Jeff, i think the best!, 12 Feb 2010
This review is from: More iPhone 3 Development: Tackling iPhone SDK 3 (Books for Professionals by Professionals) (Paperback)
I have bought a lot of iPhone developing books, and now I have no doubt, These books, "More iPhone 3 Development" and "Beginnig iPhone Development" are the best for begin and then to become a true iPhone Developer. Go on boys!
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Erik- Italy.
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