- Series: For Absolute Beginners
- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 3rd ed. edition (March 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430246170
- ISBN-13: 978-1430246176
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,977,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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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While I realize that this is a book for beginners, Lewis does too much hand-holding and uses too much boilerplate code for my taste. I've learned Java, PL/SQL and Visual Basic from texts in the past and remember much more about how to progam in those formats because I was allowed to struggle--and therefore learn--a little more. If you want to program apps w/o knowing how to really program you may enjoy his style but if you want a deeper understanding of the underlying code, look elsewhere.
Topics NOT covered in this book: accelerometer, photo/video camera, peer-to-peer protocol, RSS feeds, mail clients/POP servers, sound fx/audio.
Note: This version of the book is not as relevant to the newer version(s) of Xcode; look for the new edition on amazon for the most up-to-date version.
I gave it one star less because it's in Xcode 4 version. Occasionally I have to search outside of this book to find out the Xcode 5 way of doing it. In his book, "nib" in Xcode 4 is actually "storyboard" in Xcode 5. The different is minor but you will get the hang of it once you know the differences. Also searching outside of this book actually helps understanding many programming language better and also keeps you from getting bore. Good Luck.
Since I use the newest Xcode, and my friend's copy is slightly outdated, plus $13 seems affordable to me, so I bought a new e-book from amazon. I love his principle that it's ok to not understand these concepts 100%, with this assurance, I was able to read other objective-C books with very little burden at heart.
I am born and raised in China, I self-taught myself English and eventually passed LSAT and got into a law school in D.C, so I agree with him that I don't have to understand it 100%, I can keep some vagueness, some blurry feels of how things are done until I read another chapter or another book, and have a "Aha" moment, connecting these dots naturally. It was not easy to understand LSAT, and certainly more difficult to read Civ Pro, I was not some sort of genius, but I know I can do it, as long as after I was bored to death and falling sleep, I can still wake up and keep reading more. I will get there. People often fail because they got discourage after a few obstacles and stop any further efforts. Because Mr Lewis I realized learning Xcode was exactly like learning English, force yourself to do more than you can and ignore failures like falling sleep, unable to understand the book fully. Keep trying, and I will get there.
I am glad I have a great beginning teacher like Mr Lewis, via this book. I was able to make some simple apps, it's a good beginning. (Beginning is the hardest, while ironically, perfection is actually not hard, it's all about your commitment and how high your standard is)
After I watched his videos on Youtube, I have to say, this is first time, I feel fun of learning these dry, painful codes. After I watched the video, I was amazed, it feels like so effortless, so easy and fun.
I am a absolute beginner, so I can say this book, may not for everyone, but it was a right book for me.
Thank you, Mr Lewis! Please write more and make more videos! :)
-- Your Chinese Reader Kathy
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