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iOS 7 Programming Fundamentals: Objective-C, Xcode, and Cocoa Basics Paperback – 1 Nov 2013
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About the Author
Matt Neuburg started programming computers in 1968, when he was 14 years old, as a member of a literally underground high school club, which met once a week to do timesharing on a bank of PDP-10s by way of primitive teletype machines. He also occasionally used Princeton University's IBM-360/67, but gave it up in frustration when one day he dropped his punch cards. He majored in Greek at Swarthmore College, and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1981, writing his doctoral dissertation (about Aeschylus) on a mainframe. He proceeded to teach Classical languages, literature, and culture at many well-known institutions of higher learning, most of which now disavow knowledge of his existence, and to publish numerous scholarly articles unlikely to interest anyone. Meanwhile he obtained an Apple IIc and became hopelessly hooked on computers again, migrating to a Macintosh in 1990. He wrote some educational and utility freeware, became an early regular contributor to the online journal TidBITS, and in 1995 left academe to edit MacTech Magazine. He is also the author of Frontier: The Definitive Guide and REALbasic: The Definitive Guide. In August 1996 he became a freelancer, which means he has been looking for work ever since. He is the author of Frontier: The Definitive Guide and REALbasic: The Definitive Guide, both for O'Reilly & Associates.
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book itself I found no flaws that I can recall. didn't finnish it all though, lost interest
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After finishing this text, you will have a grasp of Objective C, the XCode IDE, and the Cocoa framework. However, this book contains only one small example application that you build, mainly to demonstrate XCode functionality. Most of the book consists of examples of code that are removed from the context of an application coupled with a lot of exposition. This can be a tiresome slog. On the positive side, this text does deliver on it's objectives and covers it's subjects with a fair amount of description.
A reader who has previous development experience will be able to absorb the content and use the text as a reference for later endeavors. Readers without development experience will have a more difficult time with this read, no doubt. If this is your first foray into programming, take the author's suggested reading seriously. Knowledge of C programming syntax and object-oriented programming concepts will be necessary for you to make this a productive read.
At the end of this journey, you will have an understanding of the tools you need to get started. What you will lack coming out of this book is the context that comes with building different iOS applications around different requirements and problems. In this specific sense, "Fundamentals" is an appropriate name.
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