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Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK Paperback – July 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1430224594 ISBN-10: 1430224592 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Beginning
  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (July 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430224592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430224594
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Mark is a longtime Mac developer and author who has written a number of books on Mac and iOS development, including Beginning iPhone 4 Development (Apress, 2010), More iPhone 3 Development (Apress, 2010), Learn C on the Mac (Apress, 2008), The Macintosh Programming Primer series (Addison-Wesley, 1992), and Ultimate Mac Programming (Wiley, 1995). Dave loves the water and spends as much time as possible on it, in it, or near it. He lives with his wife and three children in Virginia.

Jeff LaMarche is a Mac and iOS developer with more than 20 years of programming experience. Jeff has written a number of iOS and Mac development books, including Beginning iPhone 3 Development (Apress, 2009), More iPhone 3 Development (Apress, 2010), and Learn Cocoa on the Mac (Apress, 2010). Jeff is a principal at MartianCraft, an iOS and Android development house. He has written about Cocoa and Objective-C for MacTech Magazine, as well as articles for Apple s developer web site. Jeff also writes about iOS development for his widely-read blog at http://iphonedevelopment.blogspot.com.

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The examples and explanations are clear and easy to follow.
A. Kapitan
Coming from a Java developer background, I found this book to be the BEST for someone who has never programmed on Mac/iPhone platform.
H. Wu
If you are looking to get started with iphone development this is the book.
Mark D. Harmon

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Friscia on December 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
First, I like Apress books, I have many.

If you are starting out with iphone development and do not come from an Objective-C background, you may want to hold back on buying this book. It will teach you Objective-C. But it will get you to rely on using the Interface Builder(IB) for all your interface stuff. After going this route for a couple months I now realize that I hate Interface Builder. So I'm reading books that teach coding the interface and find that it is much faster.

If you buy the book you will see how the author tries to politely say that the IB is ok at some stuff and terrible at other stuff. For the most part it is only worth using IB if your iphone app meets one of two requirements. It closely resembles an example from this book or one of the predefined iphone templates when you start a new project in Xcode is all you plan on needing. If you want to do more complicated things with multiple views with multiple types of navigation, this book will lead you down a path of trying to make something work that was never setup to work that way.

Bottom line, if you are a programmer that's written a lot of code, created a lot of interfaces and can code your way out of a paper bag, this book is not for you. You will buy it, like it (because it IS a good book) but then feel like you got the pre-school version of what you are looking for.

Anyone that is interested in making complex interfaces on the iphone will find that they end up working just in code and then rarely, possibly never, opening IB for anything. If you want a good book to start, get the iPhone Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun. It does not teach IB, it does not teach Objective-C (but you'll pick it up).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T on October 4, 2010
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This book is great. However if you have never programmed before, You first need to check out Apress' 'Learn C on the Mac'. Then you should read Apress' 'Learn Objective-C on the Mac'. After that you are ready for this book and will be making your very own professional apps in no time! Remember, this book is third in a series, so if you have very little knowledge in programming, start from the beginning. It is better to learn to walk before learning to run.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean V on March 9, 2011
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Good book, however it lags behind Apple Software Development Tool Kit (SDK). Book's figures are no longer relevant, which makes it difficult to follow. I also purchased "Learn C on the Mac" by same author and publisher and had the same experience. All due to new version of SDK.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave on April 6, 2010
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All in all I thought this book was somewhat helpful. The author's writing style makes a fairly dry subject more enjoyable. The progression through the book makes sense with each chapter adding onto the previous with ever more complex apps. And they do cover a lot of the most important controls and paradigms of standard iPhone apps.

However, the problem with this book is the same problem I see with a lot of resources covering iPhone development--they are far too shallow. They explain the steps required to write the apps fine but they don't give you any idea about what's really going on. Nothing about the architecture and methodology. Type this, click that, drag the blue line from here to here. You end up with a working iPhone app but you don't really have any idea how you got there or how you would create another. Any monkey can follow simple instructions! I want to know how all this stuff relates and fits together! To reuse a tired analogy, this book just hands you the fish instead of teaching you how to fish.

So I'll keep looking for other resources. I think I've gotten a reasonable introduction to how this stuff works on a very shallow basis, but I'm frustrated by having read a good majority of this book and still not understanding what I'm doing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Carrigan on February 28, 2010
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If your completely new to iphone developing I suggest you skip this book. With every SDK update these books become instantly outdated if you depend on them to give you word for word, line by line help. As soon a you run across a section of the book that is no longer current like the last line on page 133 your screwed. I'm new to all this so i'm pretty ignorant on Objective C and everything else that has to do with programming. Out of the three tutorials in this book I went thru so far I only got one to work. I copied word for word the code as they show in the book..only to get a half a dozen errors, which immediately stopped me from progressing in that chapter. I would love to see someone come out with a book that actually has a technical support number that you can call (at a reasonable cost..say $100.00 for unlimited support for 6 Months) This is the only way I could have someone help me when I hit a road block. As soon as Apple changes one page in their SDK software and your following along in this book, its like coming to a canyon and the bridge is gone. With no help in site. I'm going to be looking for an online class to take or a community college course to take some where...I need hand holding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By #0programmer on July 19, 2011
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I don't really have Objective-C experience, although I have experience in other languages. This is a nice beginning who want to jump right in to the iOS stuff, and gives an overview of many different functions of Cocoa Touch, but doesn't really contain enough Objective-C to allow the reader to progress to making his own apps. The projects in this book are more like recipes, e.g. "Type this like this, click this, do that. Now change that to this and do it again." It might be helpful to someone who knows Objective-C, but I'd expect someone like that to get a more advanced book that teaches faster and more in-depth.
In short, it's a nice overview of some functionality of Cocoa Touch and familiarizes the reader with iOS to some extent and introduces Objective-C (a little), but it seems to not have a good target audience: If you don't know Objective-C you need to learn it before you do anything yourself, and if you know it, you'd do better to get a more advanced book. If all you want to do is follow recipes and maybe modify them a little, you might be able to use this book.
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