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Beginning iOS 5 Development: Exploring the iOS SDK 1st ed. Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 1430236051
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About the Author

Dave Mark is a longtime Mac developer and author who has written a number of books on Mac and iOS development, including Beginning iPhone 4 Development (Apress, 2010), More iPhone 3 Development (Apress, 2010), Learn C on the Mac (Apress, 2008), The Macintosh Programming Primer series (Addison-Wesley, 1992), and Ultimate Mac Programming (Wiley, 1995). Dave loves the water and spends as much time as possible on it, in it, or near it. He lives with his wife and three children in Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430236051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430236054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read my training books by the computer and I do the exercises in the books as I go. Am I the atypical consumer of this book? How on earth did this book pass quality-assurance? Several chapters have examples that DO NOT work! They do not compile, there are references to objects that had no previous instructions to create, and the downloaded "working" code from apress.com does not match what's published in the book.

Obviously they rushed a quick update to "Beginning iOS 5 Development" instead of creating a book from scratch. One proof of this is their projects use the iOS 5 nibs instead of iOS 6's storyboards... ARGH. The authors should have spent a little extra time rewriting their iOS 5 books' code to use the iOS 6 features instead lazily dumping on us the outdated iOS 5 code. If we wanted iOS 5 features we could buy their iOS 5 book!

I'm disappointed. I code the examples from books to help me learn, but I don't want to spend time debugging the code of a overpaid expert while I'm a beginner learning his topic! Either I have to skip the code examples, making the book less effective, or I waste time I could be spending on my own project by fighting the book's code into working shape. Not a good choice either way.

The book ... well, it's inexpensive. Get it if you must. But know most of the 5-star reviews for this book are really for the iOS 5 version, check the date of the reviews vs the publish date of this book. I returned this book and I bought a different book created with more attention to detail.
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Phew, I just finished reading this book after putting about 68 hours of work into it, trying to understand every chapter and notion and writing the code myself so that it will better stick in my head.

I have to say, this has got to be one of the best technical books I've ever read, certainly great for a noob in Objective C and Cocoa like myself (but not an inexperienced programmer).
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As a reader of "Beginning IOS 5", I'm excited to read the updated version "Beginning IOS 6" but I'm kinda disappointed.

First thing first, this book is pretty organized, it explains pretty much everything, however someone NEEDS to proofread the book, there are quite a lot of code errors

for example, in ch 9 the last example doesn't work, even if you download the source code from their website and run it, it won't load all the presidents. (empty table)

also, there are some other code errors (ie. missing some codes) when you copy the codes from the book to xcode you will find out there are some lines missing (as xcode complains) It's not hard to fix them but it's kinda frustrated, the book get published WITHOUT having any serious proofreading.

I'm NOT going to visit their website, tell them what is missing and how to fix them, as I think that it's their job to do so.
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I can describe this book with a single word. Fantastic!

As some of the other reviewers mentioned, not having knowledge of Objective C can make following this book somewhat challenging. Not having any programming knowledge makes reading this book pointless. Having some knowledge of objective C is a must to fully reap the benefits of this book. As a background, my only programming knowledge before starting this upward (and somewhat steep) journey came from C which I learned over 10 years ago. I read two objective C primer books (and to save any beginners the trial and error of deciding, I would suggest Objective C programming: The big Nerds guide, followed by Programming in objective C 4th ed by Kochan). However reading the first one should be enough to get started with this fantastic book.

This book takes you up a steep hill using a "stairs" approach. Every step feels almost effortless as you move forward. The teaching style is very clear and does not assume prior knowledge of a subject, despite the fact that they explained that subject few chapters back. The exercises are very practical and they keep it simple and clear.

I highly recommend this book as a foundation laying book for beginning app development.

P.S. I purchased the Kindle edition of this book.
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