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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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