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iPad Application Development For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bove , Neal Goldstein
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Book Description

Create apps for the hottest device on the market — the iPad!

iPad application development is the new gold rush — iPad sales are booming and new apps are arriving daily. Whether you’re a serious programmer new to the iPad or a beginner who wants to get started in app development, this easy-to-follow guide will help you join the party. It begins with the basics about the SDK and becoming a registered Apple developer, looks at how an iPad application runs, and takes you through actually creating two applications step by step.

  • The iPad is the hottest-selling device on the market, and the demand for cool iPad apps remains huge
  • This guide is perfect for beginners who want to get started developing iPad apps as well as professional programmers new to the iPad SDK
  • Explains how to download and use the iPad SDK and how iPad programming differs from iPhone programming
  • Tells how to create a great user experience and explains nib files, views, view controllers, interface objects, gesture recognizers, and much, much more

Turn your ideas into lucrative iPad apps with the great advice in iPad Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition!

Note: Apple's iOS SDK tools are only accessible on Intel-powered Mac and MacBook devices.

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From the Back Cover

Turn your incredible ideas into impressive iPad apps with help from this informative guide!

Ready to join the iPad developer ranks? Now you can — even if you've never developed an app for a mobile device. If you know just a bit about object-oriented programming, Neal and Tony will help you do the rest, walking you through the iPad app development process in language you can understand. All you'll need is an Intel-based Mac, your iPad, your imagination, and this book to get started today!

  • Plan your app — understand what makes a great iPad appand how to create a terrific user experience

  • Handle the administrative stuff — download the SDK, registeras a developer, and follow all the rules for submitting your appto the App Store

  • Explore app anatomy — get acquainted with the frameworks that structure an app and the app lifecycle

  • Build on that framework — put together a sample app using Interface Builder and get comfortable with the tools

  • Get serious — learn to build an app with major functionalityand take full advantage of the iPad's capabilities

Open the book and find:

  • What makes a killer iPad app

  • Secrets for creating a super user experience

  • How to market and spread the word about your app

  • Rules you must follow to avoid App Store rejection

  • Tips for working with the SDK

  • What design patterns are and how to use them

  • Advice on testing and debugging your app

  • How to maximize the iPad's unique features

Learn to:

  • Download the SDK and start using Apple's developer tools

  • Incorporate the latest iPad and iOSfeatures into your app designs

  • Take advantage of iPad's full functionality to create a good user experience

  • Print from your application usingAirPrint

About the Author

Neal Goldstein is a master at making cutting-edge technology practical. He was an early pioneer of object-oriented programming and enjoysrock-star status among mobile developers. Tony Bove has written more than two dozen books, including all editions of iPod touch For Dummies and iPod & iTunes For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 19373 KB
  • Print Length: 552 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IWRH4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Right May 3, 2010
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Who am I? (Feel free to skip this part. I only provide this for those who are noobs like me). I'm a busy working professional and tech hobbyist who built his computer from the ground up, hacks or "jailbreaks" any device I can, uses the "advanced" features of intricate software suites such as Adobe CS4, feels equally comfy in Mac and PC world, etc. and blah blah, who learned everything the hard way - trial and error, countless hours of slamming my head in the wall, support forums, etc. Much of my woes come from the fact that I have the attention span of a 3 year old. Oh, and I've never taken a formal "tech" class, I'm not an engineer, and I know NOTHING, ZILCH, NADA about programming. I've never ever ever written even a single line of code (save again for pretty decent websites I've built using Dreamweaver, which writes the code for you). Anyway, I love Apple products (but don't worship them), yet I've never had an itch to "program" for any of them until the iPad. I simply love (okay, maybe it is worship) the way the iPad lays out content and media. So much so, that I'm determined, for no clear reason, to write an app for it. So like I normally do with these impulses, I registered and downloaded the iPhone SDK and Apple videos and jumped right in to writing my app because I was told it was "easy" - ah, not so fast. After the first Apple video and barrage of error messages in the SDK, I realized I was in over my head - way over. So, given the fact that I've already "built my app in my head" and that I'm impatiently trying to put it in action, I wanted something quick to get me there, because like my virtuoso guitar solos "in my head," my product is not quite performing like it is in my mind's eye.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 28, 2010
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I just couldn't get interested in the iPhone - the small screen size just turned me off entirely and the pricey, locked in data plans didn't help either. When Apple announced the iPad I immediately saw the potential, ordered a 3G iPad (not shipped yet as I write this review), and set out to learn to program in the iPhone/iPad SDK.

Toward that end, I've been reading stacks of iPhone development books and while many of them are very good, none are as good as this as an overall introduction. That it focuses on iPad is important to me, but even without that focus I would still be praising this.

What I found most valuable were the chapters devoted to explaining how an app all fits together - what does what, when and how. That explanation has been missing from every other book I've read - hinted at, but never spelled out step by step. That's very important for someone like me just coming into this world.

I was also very appreciative of the advice about not thinking of the iPad as just a larger iPhone. I realized that already, but concrete examples really hammered that point home.

(Interestingly, the app I have in mind needs too much screen real estate to run on an iPhone, but the iPad is really too big for it - the book made me realize that I need to rethink the design completely.)

I noticed that the reviews of the authors "iPhone Application Development For Dummies" are a mixed bag and I assume that the same wide range of "love it/hate it" will be seen here. As a rank beginner who has never done ANY programming of this type (all command line apps before this), I'm firmly in the "loved it" camp. No, it doesn't tell me everything I need to know - what does? It DOES give me a very clear roadmap and introduction and does so much more effectively than anything else I have read so far.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so far, so good...but for what level programmer??? March 4, 2011
By larfds
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ive only just started this book, and have been, pleased with what it IS teaching me. I do have to say tho, that the book/summary/cover should more clearly state who it's geared toward.

page 2: " dont need any macintosh development experience.....we expect you to come as a clean slate..."


page 4: "this book assumes that you have some programming knowledge and that you have at least a passing acquaintance with object-oriented programming, using some variant of the c language."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fluff in the first 140 pages or so June 2, 2011
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The first 140 pages or so are all about why the iPad and the iOS is so cool. If I bought this book I already think it's cool. I felt like I wasted a lot of time reading the first part. After that it gets into actual meat and potatoes; the programming and design in Xcode. It makes a few assumptions (probably rightfully so) that the reader has a good understanding already of Objective-C and Object Oriented Programming concepts. If you don't have a good grasp on those two topics first then you should get Objective-C for Dummies and establish a strong understanding of OOP. After that it seems to move pretty quickly. I'll admit I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did Objective-C for Dummies. I'll likely use this book as a reference for anything I need to do for the most part. All in all, it's a good book; worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Introductory, But for what? December 1, 2011
This book does have some high quality information, does a fairly good job explaining iOS and a great job explaining AppStore policies and such. This book WILL give you enough information to get started working on an iPad application and provides some background to Objective-C.

And you definitely can this book as a foundation to get started with iPad development.

Now for what I feel is wrong with the book ... the book lacks a lot of meat for 500 pages.

Approximately half the book is dedicated to developing a single "Google Maps Airport App". That space could have been used for other sample applications illustrating the development of other types of apps. And a great deal of the book's content spends the time describing factors that cause apps to succeed and factors that cause apps to fail --- which is nice --- however this is a development book, not a marketing book and I felt those were filler material tangents away from the theme of the book which was development.

And there wasn't quite enough development in the book for 500 pages.

The book Sams Teach Yourself iPhone Application Development in 24 Hours (2nd Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself -- Hours) although 150 pages longer, contains about 20 sample application walkthroughs.

[Note with the release of iOS5 in October 2011, both this book and the book I found more useful are a bit dated as iOS5 is quite a bit easier to develop in.]
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A Great starting point, If you understand iOS. Great reference going from iPhone to iPad. Neil Goldstein really Hits the nail on the head
Published 13 months ago by Phil DeFrancisco
4.0 out of 5 stars Dummies
I haven't had a chance to look at this product yet, but they want me to complete this review. I assume the book will be what I anticipate it to be.
Published on May 29, 2012 by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Just recently bought this book and I am pleased with the content. If you are looking to get into the app development game this is a great book to add to your library.
Published on January 28, 2012 by Steffie583
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the greatest book out here
I've spent plenty of money of various xcode programming books and they are all great, but for the beginning programmer introduced to ipad/iphone application programing, this is the... Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by H. G. Holmes
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good!
This book deviates from the main subject that i was looking for which is programming, so if you are looking for fast learning programming do not, do not! Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by ereader
1.0 out of 5 stars Already out of date.
As near as i can tell this book is already out of date, fyi, it is august of 2011. When I run Xcode I get iPad 4.3 not 4.2 shown in the screenshots in the book. Read more
Published on August 28, 2011 by Born to Read
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Info But Could Have Been Done in Half the Pages
The book is a good book with good information, however, it seems a large part of the book is wasted on the author's attempt at bad humor. Read more
Published on July 2, 2011 by Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not sufficient.
I have an extensive background in programming in "C", "C#", and Visual Basic 6 so I wanted an introductory book covering the essential high points necessary to migrate that... Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Clyde R. Henderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book
I've been a computer professional and programmer for 20 years. In all seriousness, this is the worst programming book I've ever purchased. Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by cheesehead
1.0 out of 5 stars iPad Application Development for Dummies.
Hardly a "For Dummies"

Overly complicated and jumps all over the place.

Less attempts at humor and more "Dummy" instructions.

Would not recommend.
Published on March 5, 2011 by LanceLink
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