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iOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits: Developing Extraordinary Mobile Apps for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Paperback – December 20, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1119961321 ISBN-10: 1119961327 Edition: 1st

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  • 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: #767,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It will save you a lot of headaches.
M. TRIMM
It goes into depth on topics that a comprehensive iOS programming book would probably have to skim over quite quickly.
Gavin Scott
I would highly recommend this book for people who are already familiar with programming for iOS.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. Solberg VINE VOICE on 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 By Carl Veazey on 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 By Glenn R. Howes TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Jaromir Siska on 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 By Patrick Regan VINE VOICE on April 14, 2012
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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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