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Objective-C for Absolute Beginners: iPhone, iPad and Mac Programming Made Easy Paperback – August 24, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1430228325 ISBN-10: 1430228326 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: For Absolute Beginners
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430228326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430228325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Bennett is president of xcelMe teaches iPhone/iPad programming courses online. Gary has taught hundreds of students how to develop iPhone/iPad apps, and has several very popular apps on the iTunes App Store. Gary's students have some of the best-selling apps on the iTunes App Store. Gary also worked for 25 years in the technology and defense industries. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer aboard two nuclear submarines. After leaving the Navy, Gary worked for several companies as a software developer, chief information officer, and resident. As CIO, he helped take VistaCare public in 2002. Gary also co-authored iPhone Cool Projects for Apress. Gary lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Stefanie, and their four children.

Brad Lees has more than 12 years of experience in application development and server management. He has specialized in creating and initiating software programs in real-estate development systems and financial institutions. His career has been highlighted by his positions as information systems manager at The Lyle Anderson Company, product development manager for Smarsh, vice president of application development for iNation, and IT manager at The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership, the largest architectural firm in Arizona. A graduate of Arizona State University, Brad and his wife, Natalie, reside in Phoenix with their five children.

Mitch Fisher is a software developer in the Phoenix area. He was introduced to PCs back in the 1980s, when 64K was a lot of memory and 1 Mhz was considered a fast computer. Over the past 25 years, Mitch has worked for several large and medium-sized companies in the roles of software developer and software architect, and had led several teams of developers on multi-million dollar projects. Mitch now divides his time between writing iOS applications and server-side UNIX technologies.

Customer Reviews

Then put some worthy exercises at the end of the chapters.
gregg peterson
Bad enough that the book was obviously never proof-read -- so many typo's and grammatical errors -- but it is just plain incomplete.
Janet Moursund
That should give you a clue as to how much I learned from the book.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By George Matty on September 20, 2010
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DOWNLOAD ALL THE CODE AT APRESS WEBSITE BEFORE YOU START at [...] !!!! The book was very good with the introduction of Alice and how it could be used to help get your program completed (the concept of Objects, methods, classes and how Apple's Objective C is used). Where they fall miserably short 100% is in chapter 8. They provide slices of the code that is used in the program, but do not show the actual code in it's entirety. The "Absolute Beginner", unless they have a Ph.D. in computer science and specifically work on Apple computers, is lost at this point. I really had high expectations on this book. Notably (dumb) corrections for example on pages 131. In the code for Listing 7-5, you have to import "RadioStation.h", otherwise the "Absolute beginner" will wonder why is program doesn't work. Chapter 8 just boggles my mind. Snippets of the code just doesn't cut it...we are dealing with the "Absolute Beginner". THEY HAVE PROVIDE ALL THE CODE TO DEMONSTRATE! There were a few other issues but they did teach you enough by chapter 5 to look for the items that they left out in other chapters. I'm going to still completely read the book, but I was looking forward to completing it and understanding all the concepts with Objective-C. I'm just hoping chapter 9 - 12 are prepared better. They almost do a great job up to chapter 8. It was a 4 (out of 5) going up to chapter 8. Chapter 8 just pisses me off (very annoying...rewrite chapter 8). Unless you have the code (and eventually I'll find it), it becomes very annoying. I hope they provide the second revision with all the corrections to the people who bought this book. The code is on apress's website (one little indication at the bottom of the back cover in the lower left-hand corner.Read more ›
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pink on September 10, 2010
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Honestly, I expected more from this book. I was extremely excited when I found it on amazon. The title made me think that this was the exact book I was looking for (after purchasing 3 others). I was misled.

While this book has some very useful information in it, it is extremely unstructured and littered with typos. In many instances the example code doesn't correspond with what the author is saying. In some examples the code is actually "cut off" at the bottom (missing a line or two). The book has it's fair share of useful chapters, but not without typos and graphical errors. The proof-reading seems to have been non-existant. There is also no "flow" to the book. The chapters seem to have been pulled from different books and stuck into this one.

This is not a "soup to nuts" book. If you have no experience with programming, this book may be able to get you "started", but you'll leave with a limited knowledge only of Objective-C. The concepts aren't explained in enough detail for an absolute beginner to really take away an understanding of Objective-C.

Overall, it has it's decent chapters, but it's not fitting of it's title. There are better books out there for people with no programming experience wishing to learn Objective-C.

I would only recommend this book as an "add-on" to ones collection, and only is that person is willing to deal with many mistakes.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sean N. Ohlenkamp on September 16, 2010
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First of all, the errors in this book are absolutely terrible. Here is one chapter's worth of problems:

pgs. 98-99
Page 99 is a step by step guide through the code on page 98. But the code doesn't match!!!

pg. 97
"..XCode (a tool to build programs...) to build programs." -Terrible grammar.

pg. 92
"...need to go outside the @interface portion,but still inside the @interface portion..." -What does this mean? This is impossible!!!

pg. 103
"...this base-level function simple takes in" -Grammar/spelling

pg. 104
"...explain this relationship is to cal the NSObject" -Spelling

pg. 109
"Once you've modified the code, your screen should look a lot like what's pictured in figure 6-4." -Figure 6-4 has the unmodified code so, no, it looks nothing like it!"

Secondly, I don't understand the structure at all. It has you working in a program called XCode before a chapter with sections called, "Introducing XCode", "Starting up XCode," "Creating your first project", etc. I found the first 4 chapters very confusing and there was a lot that wasn't explained. Then, all of a sudden, chapter 6 starts with the basics.

I haven't tried other books but there has to be something a bit better out there.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Isotope on October 9, 2010
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I have programming experience, and this book is absolutely terrible for any beginner or even advanced student. The grammar is horrible and the ideas and concepts are not explained at all. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, if you are new to programming. Trust me, your head will probably explode trying to grasp these concepts explained by these authors. It does not offer any basic understanding to beginners.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Shaw on October 28, 2010
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So I just got this delivered today, and I've gotta say: I need to read ALL the reviews instead of just accepting an average.

As others have said, there are various typos and other grammatical errors, which could be excusable since you don't need to be an English major to write a program.

Problem is, those aren't the only problems with this book.

I'd only made it to chapter three before I got fed up with the layout of it. They'll tell you to start a new project, then tell you to run the code, and only after all of that do they show you the code you need to put into the editor.

I've got some programming experience with Visual Basic, and I've gotta say: If not for that, I'd prolly have not even given this book THAT much of a chance.

Gonna go ahead and return it for a different book, and in the interim, tackle "Programming in Objective-C 2.0" by Stephen G. Kochan. From the sample I've read, it's already proven to be this book's superior.
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