- Paperback: 976 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449342752
- ISBN-13: 978-1449342753
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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iOS 6 Programming Cookbook 1st Edition
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About the Author
Vandad Nahavandipoor has developed software using Cocoa, Cocoa Touch, Assembly, Delphi, and .NET for many years. As a staff member of a company that is a global leader in mobile money solutions in London, he has worked with some of the world's biggest brands--such as Visa and US Bank--to deliver mobile applications to their customers. Vandad brings an interest in management, leadership and entrepreneurship to his work, believing in the synergy that is achieved as a result of cooperation and working together in a team.</div>
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It has a lot of great content, but I still find myself wishing it had a few more recipes. One huge glaring hole is the total lack of anything about Collection Views (UICollectionView, UICollectionViewController, etc.), which is a major bummer since it's such useful new addition to iOS 6.
Cookbooks in general are great for reference, but bad for learning from scratch, so I can't recommend this book for iOS beginners. I really like Programming iOS 6 when I want to go deep on a particular topic, but this book is still the only book I use daily as a reference when doing iOS development. Definitely worthy of 5 stars.
The one thing this book is _not_ is an Objective C for beginners tutorial. If you're looking for that type of "getting started" material this is not your best choice. Of the roughly 1000 pages that the book has, only about 60 pages are devoted to the basics of he language and its syntax. This is squarely a book for people comfortable with C and who are looking to understand the details of Apple's API.
Sections are laid out in a "Problem, Solution, and Discussion" format that is suitable for most topics. Thorough, plain language descriptions of the parameters and alternative method call signatures are usually included in each section. This is significant help since Apple's docs can be a little cryptic in this regard at times. Solution and Discussion are heavily geared to walkthroughs of code. This usually works well. Some readers might find this treatment for more elaborate, deep topics like Core Data to be a bit brusk. For such topics, the author might have chosen to include a little more "warm up" to the topic before jumping straight into procedural details.
Overall, I found this reference to suit my needs well. I would recommend it to anyone who is over the hump of the initial learning process and wants to begin diving in to the various details of iOS programming.
I found the chapters to be well written, and more importantly well explained. Some of the concepts I have struggled with previously and suddenly less daunting with a sensible explanation, which is sometimes quite hard to get from the Apple documentation! Each section has an introduction to the topic, followed by a set of Problems, Solutions, and Discussions, including step by step instructions and source code. I have not tried all the recipes in the book, but so far I've been able to find many answers and examples to get a quicker start in my current app than I would have done by trying to decode the documentation or adapt tutorials on the web. I expect to return to the book again and again when I come to something new.
The only criticism I have is that the e-book format makes it somewhat hard to locate the recipe you want to use because there is no easy way to see the whole list of sections at the same time. The above review lists the chapters, so I won't repeat them here.
I would recommend the book for anyone programming on iOS, new or experienced, as a handy resource for new features of iOS and for quick reminders about how to do some of those everyday tasks.