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The iOS 5 Developer's Cookbook: Core Concepts and Essential Recipes for iOS Programmers (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library) [Paperback]

Erica Sadun
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January 28, 2012 0321832078 978-0321832078 3rd

***This is the updated and corrected edition ofThe iOS 5 Developer's Cookbook.***


The iOS 5 Developer’s Cookbook, Third Edition


Covers iOS 5, Xcode 4.2, Objective-C 2.0’s ARC, LLVM, and more!


In this book, bestselling author and iOS development guru Erica Sadun brings together all the information you need to quickly start building successful iOS apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Sadun has thoroughly revised this book to focus on powerful new iOS 5 features, the latest version of Objective-C, and the Xcode 4 development tools.


The iOS 5 Developer’s Cookbook, Third Edition is packed with ready-made code solutions for the iOS 5 development challenges you’re most likely to face, eliminating trial-and-error and helping you build reliable apps from the very beginning. Sadun teaches each new concept and technique through robust code that is easy to reuse and extend. This isn’t just cut-and-paste: Using her examples, Sadun fully explains both the “how” and “why” of effective iOS 5 development.


Sadun’s tested recipes address virtually every major area of iOS development, from user interface design to view controllers, gestures and touch, to networking and security. Every chapter groups related tasks together, so you can jump straight to your solution, without having to identify the right class or framework first. Coverage includes:

  • Mastering the iOS 5 SDK, Objective-C essentials, and the iOS development lifecycle
  • Designing and customizing interfaces with Interface Builder and Objective-C
  • Organizing apps with view controllers, views, and animations featuring the latest Page View controllers and custom containers
  • Making the most of touch and gestures—including custom gesture recognizers
  • Building and using controls from the ground up
  • Working with Core Image and Core Text
  • Implementing fully featured Table View edits, reordering, and custom cells
  • Creating managed database stores; then adding, deleting, querying, and displaying data
  • Alerting users with dialogs, progress bars, local and push notifications, popovers, and pings
  • Requesting and using feedback
  • Connecting to networks and services, handling authentication, and managing downloads
  • Deploying apps to devices, testers, and the App Store

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About the Author

Erica Sadun is the bestselling author, coauthor, and contributor to several dozen books on programming, digital video and photography, and other technology topics. Sadun has authored dozens of iPhone-native applications, offers rapid-prototype consulting, and has blogged for many sites including Ars Technica, O’Reilly, and LifeHacker. She currently blogs regularly for TUAW. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

Product Details

  • Series: Developer's Library
  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3rd edition (January 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321832078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321832078
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every iOS developer should have this on their bookshelf January 25, 2012
This book is truly outstanding. The author's knowledge of the subject is both deep and broad, and her writing style is clear and informative. The cookbook format provides small, working examples that are easy to digest and quickly illustrate complex subjects. I've read quite a few developers' references in my career, and this is hands down the best I've ever read.

It includes both introductory and advanced topics, but where it really shines for me is the way it shows how to use advanced techniques in a very clear, useful form.

I got an early edition that had some formatting problems, but the misprinted version was still my "go to" reference of choice. The publisher sent me a corrected version today, and I can't wait to dive into it.

Just last week I was wrestling with a problem with Core Image in iOS 5, and could not get get my code to work. I finally concluded that there was a bug in Apple's Code. On a lark, I decided to see if the Developer's cookbook could offer me any help. Sure enough, the Core Image filter recipe included code that worked around Apple's bug, and got me up and running. I only wish I had cracked this book before wasting most of a day wrestling with my code. (I've since filed a bug with Apple and gotten confirmation that there is indeed a bug in Apple's Core Image framework.)

The book is full of tested, real-world gems like that.

As I said in the title, every serious iOS developer should own a copy of this book. Buy it. You'll be glad you did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great iOS5 book! February 8, 2012
This book provides by far the most background information on Objective-C and iOS5 of all iOS books I have read so far. I doesn't start right away with a "hello world" program but provides the information you need to really understand what is going on. I have started quite a few iOS books only to stop after a few chapters, but this book does not fall in that category. I have not finished the book, that will take weeks but from what I have read this far I can recommend it to anyone who wants to really understand what he is doing and how things work in iOS5. Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book April 9, 2012
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This is a very good book for IOS beginners. The most important tip is to download the source code and run them one by one as you read the book. It will be very challenging if you only read the text. There are many useful examples and this book is definitely a good "cookbook".
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really useful as intended February 29, 2012
The first problem with this book is that the author has written all her snippets to be used in a minimalist app wrapper -- which makes sense except that her wrapper is a highly atypical environment in which to do anything. As a result, every single snippet is pretty much not usable in the form presented. I find myself looking at one of her snippets, having no idea how it's actually supposed to work in context, and then looking it up in Apple's docs (which are sometimes perfect but more likely useless), googling for a tutorial or stackoverflow entry (or looking it up in the Big Nerd Ranch book on iOS programming) and finding a much clearer explanation. If you download the sample project from her github repository it can make things a bit clearer, but this underlines how unusable the book is on its own.

Another issue is that her code assumes you're targeting iOS5 even when it's totally unnecessary to make that assumption. E.g. her "Basic Popover" code assumes you're using storyboards. But what if you aren't? Tough luck. Do storyboards make it any simpler? Well, not really. (Erroneous comment removed.) Because the code in the book relies on iOS5 memory allocation rules throughout (not just ARC but the latest additions to it which are only available in iOS5) you cannot use the code to target earlier versions of iOS without a lot of messing around.

From a "technical taste" point of view, I think she tends to uncritically use Apple's latest stuff without considering its benefit/cost. (The popover example again -- explaining it in iOS4 terms wouldn't have lost any functionality or made the code more complex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and so easy to read August 7, 2013
By AlexE
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Loved the book so much that I instantly went out and bought her two new iOS6 versions of the book :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The book is just fine. June 10, 2013
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Not additional comments. covers the basics just as the title suggests. Looking for primer on objective-c than this will do the trick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for what I needed February 5, 2013
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Needed the cookbook for my first ipad development and it definitely helped me get through. Would recommend to any beginners looking for a little assistance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to quickly learn iOS development January 28, 2013
By matt
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This book helped to quickly learn iOS development and is also a good reference to keep around when you don't feel like sifting through the internet for how to do things that are built into Objective C
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Published 17 months ago by lissajous
4.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook for Pros
This isn't a material for dummies, this book have an excellent (and detailed) material for developers with basic concepts and some experience .
Published 18 months ago by Ambrosio
5.0 out of 5 stars best io5 recipe in the market
probably the best ios recipe book out there. sample code works great. erica really knows what she is talking about
Published 21 months ago by Sheldon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great book
Ive skimmed through this book because it it not real reader friendly. Lots of good technical stiff but doesnt flow as well as Sams Teach Yourself IOS Application Devlopment in 24... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Life-Long Entrepreneur
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome iOS Resource!!!
This book is much more than just a cookbook with a bunch of recipes in it. I have used plenty of cookbooks and they are never readable from cover to cover. Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Companion To the Nerd Ranch Series
This is a good companion to the Nerd Ranch books. It doesn't replace them, but it does fill out points missed with those books. Read more
Published on May 26, 2012 by MikeB
5.0 out of 5 stars The graceful winds of Erica have saved us again...
It all started when I was a young man, learning the ways of the programmer. It was a long and lonely road in the early nineties, where Commodores flew freely and Apples were... Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Wesley Cope
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