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iOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits: Developing Extraordinary Mobile Apps for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch [Paperback]

by Rob Napier, Mugunth Kumar
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December 20, 2011 1119961327 978-1119961321 1
Open the door to endless new app development possibilities

Pushing the Limits with iOS 5 Programming is an expert guide for developers aiming to create unique applications for Apple's iPad 2, iPhone, and the iPod Touch, which includes the latest version of the Apple iPhone SDK, iOS 5. This text goes beyond the basics to keep you ahead of the technology curve and spark your innovative nature to create seamless, functional, and fun apps. With a focus on advanced techniques for app development, you will learn to differentiate your apps from all the rest.

With this must-have book, you'll explore advanced coverage of a variety of development topics, such as developing with deep Objective-C, while you learn to create amazing applications for Apple's iPad 2, iPhone, and iPod touch. Veteran mobile developers and authors guide you through maximizing your programs as they delve into topics not commonly found elsewhere.

  • Provides a solid foundation in the patterns of iOS
  • Shares tips for running on multiple platforms and best using security services
  • Discusses topics such as controlling multitasking, advanced text layout and more
  • Demonstrates how to think differently with blocks and functional programming
  • Teaches table view, performance, and money-making optimization
  • Eliminates common challenges with memory management and iOS information flow

Pushing the Limits with iOS 5 Programming allows you to take on the future with confidence in your new, stand-out app design skills.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119961327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119961321
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for an experienced iOS programmer January 18, 2012
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Don't buy this book if you're just learning iOS -- it's written with an assumption that you know how to write a complete program on your own. For example, the author will often write things like, "After that, it's just like using a normal xib file," or assume you know the difference between a view's frame and bounds. Another example -- the section on storyboards assumes you know how to deal with iOS 4 transitions. These might be pretty basic things, but it would be frustrating for someone who isn't at that point yet.

Basically, if you've written a few applications and want to extend your abilities, you'll love this book. If you're in the target audience for this book, each section is clearly explained and contains just the right amount of information to take you to the next level. In particular, the author is very good at explaining those odd conventions that make you want to scream without over-explaining everything else. I highly recommend it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide to going beyond the basics January 18, 2012
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I've been developing iOS apps professionally for over 3 years now. Every chapter this book surprises and amazes me with new tricks and has opened my eyes to new techniques and ways of thinking. The writing style is approachable and makes for a quick read, and the code samples convey the point without unnecessary clutter. Also of use is the references given throughout the text, which have led me on reading expeditions that reveal even more information to me.
The one complaint I have so far is that the section on interacting with REST services is based on ASIHTTPRequest, which sadly will no longer be maintained. It would have been better to just use NSURLConnection or CFNetwork, or one of the extant libraries such as AFNetworking.
That aside, this is a valuable book and if you're a professional iOS developer you owe it to yourself to give it a read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What You Don't Know You Don't Know February 14, 2012
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As a long time iOS programmer, I thought I knew a thing or two about the platform, but my day job has been demanding for the last year or so and I'd fallen behind on new developments and techniques, and some not so new. And along comes this wonderful book to remind me of all the little things I could be doing to make my Objective-C do more with less code or do things I didn't know it could do.

This book is up to date as of the beginning of 2012. For example it covers such iOS 5 APIs as Storyboards, iCloud integration, and Automatic Reference counting, along with such still cutting edge technologies as Blocks and Grand Central Dispatch, and older tech that still frustrates such as the use of Core Animation and Key Value Observing. Through it all, I don't think I went 5 pages without encountering an idea, concept or fact new to me. I was also happy at the high level walkthrough of Xcode 4, as I'm still transitioning from 3.2 with some unhappiness. Topics were seemingly picked for their relevance to the working coder so plenty of dealing with web servers and optimizing table performance.

[Update: and time marches on, and now iOS 6 is released with things this book couldn't possibly have covered like PassBook, FaceBook and other social network integration, new Location Services APIs, Collection Views etc. Still a useful book, just not cutting edge.]

One bit of elegance stood out for me, that I could create an NSDictionary from a JSON snippet and turn around and call setValuesForKeysWithDictionary: on my object and bam it would configure all its properties (or perhaps most of them with a few unfortunately named properties needing a little help). Maybe this is obvious.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Review for Kindle edition May 5, 2012
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Generally I consider the book interesting and competent. The book is definitively not for beginners. What I consider to be a serious negative is missing index. For that I would give to the printed version 4 stars.
Problem is with Kindle edition. The formatting of code examples which are significant part of the text is awful an makes reading of the code very difficult. Taking into consideration that the Kindle price is higher than price of printed version than this fact is hardly acceptable.
I will recommend buying of printed version and I strongly advice against purchase of Kindle version.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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IOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits: Developing Extraordinary Mobile Apps for Apple iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch is a book for IOS 5 programmers with an intermediate understanding of Apple's platforms who want to push their skills to an advanced level. Unlike many so called advanced books, this book actually covers advanced features of objective-c and the IOS libraries. I was particularly interested in reading about the author's description of the advanced features of objective-c. I have always felt uncomfortable with my knowledge of the key value coding and key value observing that is so important to this platform; the author devotes a whole chapter to this issue and, by the end of the chapter, I felt that I had a good grasp of these concepts. The author also devotes a chapter to blocks which I found very illuminating but, perhaps the most useful chapter for me was chapter 20 which covered how objective-c is implemented; as a result of reading this chapter I feel that I really understand the inner workings of objective-c. It should be understood that this book is not just about objective-c, indeed, there are chapters on advanced features of tables (so essential to Apple's mobile platforms), drawing and core animation. In addition there is a whole section of the book devoted to topics you just won't find in an introductory book such as developing simultaneously for the Apple's different mobile platforms (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) and, and whole chapters on multitasking and multi threading, enabling in-app purchases, security features such as file protection and keychains and many other topics. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful hints
If you are not beginner, this book shows you many wonderful hints to improve your development.
The samples are easy to understand if you already know iOS programming.
Published 9 months ago by Sue Shoja
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers the Essentials of iOS Programming
Just a quick review here but I want to say that this text provides some great information on learning some essential coding techniques if you want to be a well-versed iOS... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening for a Beginner iOS Hack
This book is well above my head for many of the things covered. But it did a great job of showing me some of the possibilities I was not even able to fathom. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bryan Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of everything
"Pushing the limits" indeed! This book is chock full of information on all things iOS, from the transition to XCode 4 to advanced Objective-C topics and in-depth Cocoa coding tips... Read more
Published 12 months ago by esanta
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful iOS book
I've had this book about a year now, and I'm back on Amazon to buy the newer version which covers iOS 6 and thought I'd put a quick review here. Read more
Published 13 months ago by thematic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and insightful book
I have read the book last yera and found every bits of it very insightful and useful for my iOS apps. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bartolomucci Fabrizio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great supplemental information for those who are already developing in...
I don't consider myself an advanced iOS developer (I've only made a few apps and only for my own learning, nothing professional) but I still found plenty to like in this book - and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Z. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Advanced Resource
This book is an excellent resource for the intermediate to advanced iOS developer.

It tackles a wide variety of problems you'll face when developing an application. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JasonHowlin
1.0 out of 5 stars None of the demo projects were finished
Looks like the book was written to complement what were missing from most IOS books. But the demo projects that are supposed to demonstrate the good technologies recommended by the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent serious book
This is an incredible book, a must have for every serious developer of iOS. Very easy to read and full of extraordinary sample code that makes you understand better the idea... Read more
Published 21 months ago by David
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