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iOS 5 Core Frameworks: Develop and Design: Working with graphics, location, iCloud, and more 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0321803507
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Product Details

  • Series: Develop and Design
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321803507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321803504
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking to get started with iOS development and have a basic understanding of how the frameworks operate, this is the book for you. The author offers all the example projects in this book for download on his website and it makes following along with the book very easy to understand, he is very thorough in explaining how each process works, as well this book provides great screenshots to help you when you are reading along and in Xcode at the same time. Jumping from iOS 4 to iOS 5 brought a lot of changes not only with the actual OS on the phone but also for developing applications running iOS 5, with the new features in iOS 5 such as iCloud this book does a great job of explaining how to implement them in your application. This book is up to date, most of the other books on Amazon are dated and do not offer the updated info for Xcode 4.2.
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As a new-to-apple iPhone app developer, but an experienced C++ programmer, I knew that learning the apple libraries would be critical. This book gives you an overview of the different iOS frameworks. For each one, it covers their purpose, their key classes and how they interact with each other and the calling code, and some sample code showing use. For Core Data and Core Graphics/Image/Animation, I have already gotten my money's worth from the book. The Apple class documentation provides great class-level detail, but doesn't always stitch things together so that you can see the bigger picture - this book fills that gap quite well. The sample code is fairly lightweight, and I had to work in places to understand the context (thus the one star ding) - though I understand the author's desire to not have half the book dedicated to source code. I'll grant that the snippets integrate well into the text and demonstrate the particular concept under discussion - but I wish there was just a titch more context around said snippets.

Bottom line: if you're new to iOS development and need to come up to speed quickly on the frameworks and what they can do for you, this is a good investment of money & time.
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This is an essential book if you are interested in IOS 5 Core Frameworks, and even many best practices in Objective C development. The book is rich in examples, but unlike many books which merely present examples, this book provides you with the reasons behind the code. When I say "rich in examples", I do not mean numerous. The examples are well chosen and concise and are there to help you understand the technology and include a line-by-line explanation. Apple has done a great job providing many new features for the developer in IOS 5 and Shawn has done a great job in explaining them and making them understandable. As an added benefit, the author is approachable and will respond to you emails if you don't understand something. In my opinion, it is well worth the price.

Now having released my IOS app (Bumfoozle) to the app store, I wanted to publicly thank Shawn for this helpful book. I referred to it many times as I developed my puzzle. His explanations were very clear, and made the whole development process go much smoother.
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I've read a lot of programming books and many are unnecessarily complicated or written in a dumbed-down and somewhat cheesy style in an effort to make them personable, which can be quite annoying to seasoned programmers. This book is among the most professionally written I've seen and it gets to the heart of the APIs quickly without a lot of unnecessary bulk. The only issue is that not all the demo code required by the book is actually available online, so it can be hard to track down. Demo code is at least 50% of the education for most programmers, so not having access to all of it (especially later chapters in the book) is really frustrating.
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I can positively say that this is a very well written book. I purchased this book after previewing chapter on iCloud and was fascinated with the way the concept was explained and structured. I have bought several Objective C & IOS development guides trying to get an understanding of development on the iPhone. None of the books would guide you properly and did not contain useful exercises and examples.
I definitely recommend this book to any developer who wants to start building iOS applications and doesn't have any previous experience with Objective C and/or Cocoa. The book slowly builds on programming principles and Cocoa patterns, never assuming that you should know this or that. While knowing a bit of Objective C definitely helps, the author explain each concept good enough to allow you to progress with the book without wondering what in the world have you just wrote.
I highly recommend this book as a foundation laying book for beginning app development and will be looking forward for any iOS books written by Shawn!

Good work!
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Mr. Welch's book, iOS Core Frameworks, could not have come at a better time. While other approaches give a long, drawn-out education to these newly available features for programmers (and that approach can be valuable), this book provides a simpler explanation and example of how to implement these features within your projects. The sample code was quickly provided by the author upon request.

For me, this book provided more clarify to implement Core Data and iCloud with two of my current projects.
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