- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119961327
- ISBN-13: 978-1119961321
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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iOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits: Developing Extraordinary Mobile Apps for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch 1st Edition
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good reference book for ios 6 software development, well organized, with many advanced and helpful chapters.Published 11 months ago by Perspectech
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.
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 morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Chris
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 morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Bryan Newman
"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 morePublished on April 6, 2013 by esanta
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 morePublished on March 24, 2013 by thematic
I have read the book last yera and found every bits of it very insightful and useful for my iOS apps. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Bartolomucci Fabrizio
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 morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Z. Freeman
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