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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 edition (July 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430224592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430224594
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dave Mark is a longtime Mac developer and author who has written a number of books on Mac and iOS development, including Beginning iPhone 4 Development (Apress, 2010), More iPhone 3 Development (Apress, 2010), Learn C on the Mac (Apress, 2008), The Macintosh Programming Primer series (Addison-Wesley, 1992), and Ultimate Mac Programming (Wiley, 1995). Dave loves the water and spends as much time as possible on it, in it, or near it. He lives with his wife and three children in Virginia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Su on Oct. 12 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm on chapter 9 of this book, and so far I have learned quite a lot about the Cocoa Touch framework but I think this book could've been 1/3 of its size. The author is too verbose in explaining things. It is okay if he's trying to explain the code or the APIs, but I don't need 2 pages worth of text trying to tell me how to drag a text field and label to the view in Interface Builder. Just show a screenshot or two would do. Worse, the tutorial instructions are not clearly highlighted, so it's very hard to skim through his filler text.

My suggestion to the author/editor:
-Clearly differentiate between tutorial instructions and lesson contents.
-More screen shots, less words
-Have brief chapters dedicated Objective C, XCode and interface builder.

In conclusion, this book is aimed at the absolute beginner. Readers with programming experience may find themselves very impatient with this book. It is also a very bad reference book since the tutorial instructions and knowledge/concept materials are interweaved
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thrind on Jan. 28 2010
Format: Paperback
This might be a useful book, but the style it's written in is just awful. "Go ahead and read over the example again, we'll be here when you get back". WTF. Maybe this is just an Apple idiom, but it really grates when you just want to get your learn on so you can make the app your manager wants.
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I bought this book only to fill an empty space on my shelf. Good book though in it's new version...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cameron on Nov. 25 2009
Format: Paperback
This book does exactly what it claims to, and it's much better than the Erica Sadun book on iPhone recipes. While I would love to see some more advanced topics discussed, I realize it would be too much for an "intro" book. I am looking forward to their soon-to-be-released follow-up!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Normand Rocheleau on Sept. 19 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book but you have to read End to End and resume it to extract your step by step procedures. Also, the complex Audio Unit Core is not discussed in this book.

The rest is perfect. Thanks to the authors.
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