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Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    BEST iPhone SDK dev book for beginners!

    I own the previous version of this book. And I recently got the current version covering iPhone SDK 3.0.
    As the title says, this books is for beginners. Some reviewers are complaining about things not covered here and there, but remember, it's for beginners. For advanced stuff, look out for More iPhone 3 Development, also by Dave and Jeff, coming out in Dec!

    I've read quite a few iPhone books, including iPhone in Action, iPhone cookbook, and Programming in iPhone SDK. Coming from a Java developer background, I found this book to be the BEST for someone who has never programmed on Mac/iPhone platform. The authors did a great job of slowly bringing the reader into iPhone SDK programming. The code samples are easy to follow and the book content contains lots of explanations on terminologies, methodologies, and common practice. The new edition covers iPhone SDK 3.0 with updated codes and additional materials on Core Data.

    The chapters I particular like are:
    5. Autorotation and Autosizing
    7. Tab Bars and Pickers
    8. Introduction to Table Views
    9. Navigation Controllers and Table Views
    11. Basic Data Persistence
    13. Taps, Touches, and Gestures

    These chapters shows you from ground up how to build an iPhone app by using different UIViews and Widgets.
    The chapter on Navigation Controllers is especially helpful. I was able to build and launch an iPhone app on AppStore after reading the book :)

    The chapter on Table Views is probably the most thorough chapter in this book. It shows you all things you need to know about UITableView and its delegate methods. You can build a fairly complex while feature-rich app by using different UITableViews.

    The data persistence and gestures chapters are also very helpful. Any successful iPhone app would require the use of data persistence and gestures. I'm in the processing of building one right now. Very excited!

    Of course, there are improvements for this book. I was hoping Chapter 14. Where Am I? Finding Your Way with Core Location would cover the MapKit API and how to draw Markers on the built-in Google Map (part of SDK 3.0 release). But it's not there.
    Probably the material is labeled as advanced level and put off for the next book: More iPhone 3 Development.

    The book forum on Apress website is very helpful. The authors answers the questions themselves. And the errata also helps out alot, not to mention a zipped file that contains the book sample's source codes and other media assets.

    Overall, this is the BEST iPhone SDK development book for beginners. I highly recommend it to anyone who's just begun to explore the iPhone dev world!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    Useful

    General readers or curious people may not enjoy this book due to its specialised subject but its reliable and useful for whom that want to develop software to Apple devices.
    The "beginning" in the title applies to students that were inducted to software programming.

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