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iOS 5 Programming Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Apps 1st Edition

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Solutions & Examples for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Apps

About the Author

Vandad Nahavandipoor has developed software using Cocoa, Cocoa Touch, Assembly, Delphi, and .NET for many years. As a staff member of a company that is a global leader in mobile money solutions in London, he has worked with some of the world's biggest brands--such as Visa and US Bank--to deliver mobile applications to their customers. Vandad brings an interest in management, leadership and entrepreneurship to his work, believing in the synergy that is achieved as a result of cooperation and working together in a team.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 876 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449311431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449311438
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vandad Nahavandipoor is currently an iOS programmer for a leading digital media distributor in London, United Kingdom. He has led an international team of more than 30 iOS developers in his previous job. Some of the projects he has lead include the NatWest and the RBS iOS apps running on millions of iPhones and iPads in the UK. Vandad received his B.Sc and M.Sc in Information Technology for E-Commerce from the University of Sussex in England.

Vandad's programming experience started when he first learned Basic on his father's Commodore 64. He then took this experience and applied it on his uncle's Intel 186 computer, running Basic on DOS. At this point, he found programming for personal computers exciting indeed and moved on to learn Object Pascal. This allowed him to learn Borland Delphi quite easily. He wrote a short 400 pages book on Borland Delphi and dedicated the book to Borland. From then, he picked up x86 Assembly programming and wrote a hobby 32-bit operating system named Vandior. It wasn't until late 2007 when iOS programming became his main focus.

Aside from programming, Vandad is a road cyclist, enjoying friendly competition in cyclosportive events in England and traveling long distance on his bicycle to other European countries every now and then. He also enjoys tinkering with his piano and playing electric guitar. Some of his electric guitar performances are available on YouTube.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mko on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Some time ago I have reviewed iOS 4 Programming Cookbook. When this one appeared I was simply curious how does new face of "iOS Cooking" looks like. And I am pretty amazed.

First of all, parts of the book were redesigned. Big plus here. First chapter was redesigned such way it now gently introduces into XCode and Objective-C development. In iOS 5 Cookbook, you basically start with very simple examples and move towards more complicated stuff. Nevertheless, I still suggest buying book dedicated strictly to Objective-C in case you haven't used this language before.

The same refers to Networking related chapter. It was really improved. In this edition, titles of chapters give you detailed overview of what you can expect in networking related sections of the book.

Operations and threads from "iOS 4 Cook Book" as well as the content of "Concurrent Programming in Mac OS X and iOS" book are now packed into single chapter: "Concurrency". If you have bought "Concurrent Programming in Mac OS X and iOS" you will find this material duplicated. However, in case of people who will start with iOS 5 Programming Cookbook, this is a plus, as you have everything in one place.

I enjoyed the style of the book before, and I enjoy it now. However, there are few things you will miss. First of all, when it comes to CoreData related topics, you will miss recipes for model versioning. And this topic is a must. Especially in a cookbook. Sooner or later, your data model will evolve and you will face it. Another thing you will probably miss are Instruments. If you came to place were the efficiency plays a role, you wont' find help here. These are the only reasons I am giving here 4 stars instead of 5.

I would suggest to a friend. Definitely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By db23 on February 17, 2012
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As a seasoned developer who is new to iOS, Objective-C and XCode, this is the second book I've read on those subjects, the first being Programming iOS 5 (Early Release ebook edition) from O'Reilly. That book was good (if you can get past that author's fiction-like writing style), but I needed something more in the cookbook style of quick and to-the-point examples. And this Cookbook delivers just that! The author's writing is clear, concise, and accurate. Too bad he didn't write the Programming iOS 5 book.

As the title of this review hints at, I was somewhat surprised that this book did not cover the topics of "wiring up" UI elements in Interface Builder through the use of IBOutlets and IBActions. If it had that topic, I would have given it a full five-star rating. So if you want details on that subject, which I've come to realize is a key part to developing iOS apps in XCode, you'll want another book to cover that. Fortunately the Programming iOS 5 O'Reilly book covers this in full detail.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ahmed mohamed on March 17, 2012
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Bought this a few days ago. I got the previous edition of the same book but this edition is a complete revamp of iOS 4 Cookbook from this author. This one includes storyboards, ARC and many more iOS 5 specific features so I'm very happy. Couldn't ask for more

The chapters that I like the most are chapters 1 and 2 simply because they are very easy to understand and y'all about cocoa touch fundamentals and UI components. After these, my fav chapter is the concurrency chapter since I've always been behind on that subject but am starting to grasp it better every day by reading this book and practicing.

I asked for some new features in the last review I left on the book and almost all of them are included in this edition. For next edition how about some information about Git in Xcode? I use GitHub to store my projects and I know Xcode does support Git but I have never been able to understand how to use that feature. I know this is not directly related to iOS development so any information about Git in the next release will be appreciated.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath on August 3, 2012
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First the big issues I have with this book.

1) In a standard recipe book each recipe should be a standalone recipe. Building one recipe on top of another is essentially a tutorial style type of projection creation book of which there are plenty. If you look at a cookbook (a real cookbook) you won't need to bake that cake you made in the previous recipe in order to make your omelet. That would be insane, and it is equally insane here. In essence, this is not a cookbook but a mutated version of a tutorial book. Publisher - does the word "encapsulation" ring a bell? If not ask the dev who wrote it to guide you.

2) All of the UI work in this book is done programatically. There is absolutely no mention of IBOutlet or IBAction. If you make your entire UI like this, you are going to be "that person" at work. It will take you hours to do what others do in minutes, and your code will be cluttered and hard to maintain. IBOutles and IBActions were in the iOS 4 cook book. Of course, there should be standalone recipes that show you how to programatically create UIViews for times when you might need to do so, but to make the entire book like this is nuts.

My guess is the publisher was trying to save money by creating this recipe book like this. Note to the publisher: I would rather pay an extra $5 and have you do it right, than to buy this glorified tutorial book. Next time I'll just return it.

On the plus side, there is a lot of info in this book and it can serve as a good reference - though the CoreAnimation Framework is essentially non-existent.
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