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iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners 2010th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1430227007
ISBN-10: 1430227001
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Rory Lewis is assistant professor of computer science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is often mistaken for a hippie, wearing Dead-head shirts and walking aimlessly around the campus. He is often described as the guy in the office where students are always lined up outside. He is often heralded as the dude that will explain your math and computer code, even when he first checks and sees you ve done 800 tweets and 2,700 Facebook comments while you should have been in class! He is described by his adult daughters as a dad that was once a successful microprocessor litigation lawyer in Palo Alto, but couldn t resist his dorkiness and went back to school to become a doctor of geekdom!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (June 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430227001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430227007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Pyle on July 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
First, to all the people giving low ratings because of a few typos - Get Over It! Any first printing of a technical book like this will have them, especially when things like the OS, SDK and dev tools are updated all the time. You have to judge the book on it's content, not a few mistakes in printing.

As for the book, this is EXACTLY what I needed. I've never programmed anything before in my life, but like everyone else I want to learn iPhone programming & make a million dollars. :P

I started with a few other "beginning iPhone programming" books and every one of them was way too out of my league. Inevitably the first chapter would say "You need to know Objective-C first...". So I'd grab a book on Objective-C for beginners and that would be over my head & the first chapter of those would say "You need to know C first..." So I'd grab a book on C for beginners. The one thing all of these books had in common was THEY DIDN'T EXPLAIN WHY THINGS WORK. So after reading a couple books on C, a couple on Objective-C, I was still completely lost when I started on the iPhone books.

Then I found this book. It is really the start I needed. Things are explained quite well and I was finally able to actually understand what I was doing, not just memorizing code. When learning something this foreign, it is much more helpful to have it explained thus; "This piece of code controls... and make the program do this..." or "This bit of code makes... happen because...". Analogies are used in a terrific way so you can understand the mechanics behind it all.

To use an analogy, if you never worked on a car engine,it would be far more helpful if someone explained what a spark-plug does than just telling you you need to have them. That is the kind of teaching Dr.
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If you have been a long time Mac and iPhone user you may have had an idea for an application you wished someone would build. But unfortunately, developing software is not as easy as dragging and dropping media into say iDVD and producing a nearly professional DVD with titles, chapters, and background music. Learning the language of Objective-C programing is not the same thing as even producing your own dashboard widget--remember those?

If you know nothing about UITableViewController class, switch view interfaces, objects and properties, IBActions and IBOutlets, then I can nearly guarantee that Dr. Rory Lewis's iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners is probably the best book for getting you started with mobile app development.

This book peaked my interest because I'm one of the absolute beginners whom the author is addressing. I have dabbled a little in CSS and HTML languages, produced some AppleScript and Automator workflows, but none of that compares with learning Objective-C and Cocoa programming--the basis of iPhone and iPad applications.

I've tried a few other iPhone app development books and while the authors maintain their book is for novices, I didn't find that the case. Sure I could work through a simple step-by-step "Hello World" program, but by the second chapter, most authors are off and driving fast, telling you how to drive a car, while at the same time explaining how the engine works. One other book I tried literally spent three chapters explaining Objective-C programming using only one sample lesson; but then the fourth chapter leads off with, "Now that you understand Objective-C..."! There's no way you can learn Objective-C or app development by simply reading a chapter about it.
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This is the new 2nd Edition but the author couldn't be bothered to updated his old code. This book is promoted as being for 'Absolute Beginners', however, for absolute beginners, a current work environment is absolutely critical. Don't buy it.
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Before Dr. Lewis came into my life I'd NEVER PROGRAMMED ANYTHING! I bought an iPhone and loved it, so I bought a Mac, then an iPad, then I thought: "Hey I'd like to program!" BUT after trying 3 books aimed at beginners - I felt horribly stupid, depressed and angry.

But then Dr. Lewis came into my life with his fabulous of teaching people like me (I'm not a "dummy" & those books don't work on me) how to program. He knows what to leave out, what to repeat over and over and then ... the unimaginable! I was programming my first iPhone and iPad apps! Now I'm on Chapter 6 looking at his videos while I read along and program with the book and him just like I was in his class. I've been up almost 2 says programming like "A GEEK" as Dr. Lewis says.

Thank you. Thank YOU Dr. Lewis.

PS. Those spelling errors are minor. See the videos here h[...]
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The book is filled with errors, both typos and code errors. How can you possibly offer for sale a text that is fraught with errors to "absolute beginners"? It appears that the editors and the technical reviewers had the day off when it came to this book! The support from the Apress site is nonexistent. For example, over one month ago, I submitted the following errata via the Apress web site:

Errors found in Chapter 5:

Page 96 "As in the previous chapter, you may want to customize your icon." >> I found no reference to customizing icons in chapter 4.

Page 97, top line "have a recommended size of 320 X 480 pixels." >> The correct size is 57 X 57. NOTE: The author confirms in the ERRATA listed on the APRESS site that the correct icon size is 72 X 72 ... THIS IS INCORRECT!

Pages 104 & 105. There are three code listings that contain the line:
"@interface testViewController : UIViewController {" >>> testViewController SHOULD BE helloWorld_005ViewController.

Page 116. 10..." You'll do this just as you've done in the past, by COMMAND dragging from your File's owner to the BUTTON." >> SHOULD READ: 10... by CONTROL dragging from your File's owner to the LABEL."

Page 117. Figure 5-17. "button" SHOULD READ "label".

Page 117. 12. Replace COMMAND drag WITH CONTROL drag.

Page 119. 1. Replace COMMAND drag WITH CONTROL drag.

Page 119. 2. Replace COMMAND 0 WITh COMMAND RETURN.

The errata page has not been updated with any of this information. In fact, the errata page for the book contains errors!!! This was my second errata submission; the first submission never made it to the errata page either.
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