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About the Author
Jonathan Stark is a mobile and web application consultant who the Wall Street Journal has called an expert on publishing desktop data to the web. He has written two books on web application programming, is a tech editor for both php|architect and Advisor magazines, and has been quoted in the media on internet and mobile lifestyle trends. Jonathan began his programming career more than 20 years ago on a Tandy TRS-80 and still thinks Zork was a sweet game.
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Paperback : 186 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0596805780
- ISBN-13 : 978-0596805784
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.39 x 9.19 inches
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 1st Edition (February 2, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #447,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One thing I really like in programming books is the use of a reasonably interesting and complex example. Stark met that expectation very well.
If you're interested in tackling the world of iPhone app development and you don't want to build simply Web-based apps but you also don't want to try to master a C dialect, this book is as good as I've found at helping you get up that learning curve fairly quickly and easily.
This book provides excellent examples of how to create nice-looking and well-designed web applications for the iPhone or iPod Touch. The additional bonus is that many of the concepts can also be used on similar mobile platforms which support the technologies used, as well as desktop web applications which can benefit from a clean, concise way to implement the aforementioned technologies.
I am very impressed with this book, and would definitely buy other titles from this author. He knows his stuff, and informs the reader in a thorough, yet not belabored way. The book has been VERY helpful to me so far in my endeavors in building web applications.
Some things I really didn't like:
The code in the main example is wrong. Some of the features that are supposed to work don't work. (which is a big no-no for a CODING book) This was appalling, especially for O'Reilly.
Secondly, I just don't think the code is really explained well enough. He explains why he uses such and such code, but doesn't really explain the HOW of it. For example, he uses HTML5's localStorage feature and doesn't really explain the core of it and how you would use it in other situautions. Or another time he throws in a 'for loop' and if you've never learned about loops before you'll have no idea why he does that.
Overall, pretty disappointed in this book, but I guess it could be good if you want to make a web app in HTML, CSS, and jQuery.
And if you're like me, and learning Objective-C sounds about as appetizing as chewing on rocks, this book also will get you rolling on building your own apps for the iTunes store - but using HTML. Killer no?
Highly recommended. Great 'show me' style of explaining how the code works. No errors or mistakes in the code examples at all.
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It's early days, still, for this approach to App development - so the solution is not as elegant as a pure Objective-C approach.
However, for those interested in what is likely a future direction for iOS App development, and willing to run a few experiments of their own in the interim, it's a very useful text.
Content is not over facing, i see many books such as these and sometimes they can be a little over the top shall we say with words and content that don't really mean much to beginners.
A worthy ready if you're attempting simple early stage Web Apps.