Recommended quick-start guide for existing iPhone developers,
This review is from: iPad Programming (Paperback)
`iPad Programming' is designed as a quick-start guide for existing iPhone developers to get to grips with developing for iPad. Over the course of 13 chapters and 228 pages, the authors Daniel Steinberg and Eric Freeman take us through a number of key development concepts using straight-forward explainations and examples. The example code can be downloaded online so you can learn with them.
As an existing beginner iPhone developer myself, I found the first chapter very helpful as it talks through converting an existing iPhone app so that it runs on both iPhone and iPad (a `Universal' app). New iPad-specific functions such as split-view are explained, and in later chapters, custom keyboards, custom drawing, gestures and connecting to other devices are all covered. Key concepts are not explored in massive detail, but that's not the point of this book - it's a quick-start guide to get you quickly up and running... and it works! I had coded my first iPad app after just one day with this book and Steinberg and Freeman's explanation's are informal and easy to read which made me keen to learn more,
If I had to draw any negatives from the book, I'd mention the issue that inevitably all other technology/software books, the content ages quite quickly. Even though this title was only published in September 2010, just five months ago - iOS 4 has since been released for iPad, bringing a lot of changes and new functionality to developers (Airprint, Airplay, GameCenter, multitasking and lots more). The good news is that `iPad Programming' chapters and code examples are all still relevant and work well, its just that you won't see any coverage here of the new features of iOS 4.
Recommended quick-start guide for existing iPhone developers looking to expand to iPad development.